Iowa Reading Corps

  • IA


Des Moines

United States

About Us

In partnership with United Ways of Iowa, Iowa Reading Corps is a statewide initiative designed to ensure that Iowa students are on track to read at grade level by the end of the 3rd grade. Research indicates that grade 3 is the pivotal point in a child’s education where students transition from learning to read, to learning content and recovering lost reading ability becomes much more difficult from this point forward.

Iowa Reading Corps is one of several national replications of the state-wide, evidence-based model first launched in Minnesota in 2003. From its inaugural cohort of 10 full-time AmeriCorps members in eight school districts across Iowa, the 2016-2017 Iowa Reading Corps cohort is expected to reach close to 100 members in 77 schools across Iowa.

Become an Iowa Reading Corps AmeriCorps Member
If you're passionate about helping students receive the literacy skills they need to succeed, we invite you to learn more about becoming an AmeriCorps member with Iowa Reading Corps. As a member, you'll provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to students in Kindergarten through third grade who are just below grade level in reading. You'll receive extensive training and support before and throughout your term of AmeriCorps service, so an education degree isn't required to be a successful candidate for Iowa Reading Corps. 

For more information, please contact Monica de Melo Dreasher at