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Summer Reads

  • 8 week term of service, from June through August
  • Metro Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota site placements
  • Earn a living stipend and end-of-service education award
  • Applications are accepted beginning in January 2012


Impact the life of a child this summer…

Summer Reads VISTAs provide quality tutoring to K-3 children from low-income families. VISTAs serve in summer schools, libraries, and community organizations, with the goal of helping children improve their literacy skills and fight the summer slide.  Mornings are spent providing one-to-one literacy tutoring to children in summer schools. Afternoons are spent at community sites and libraries, where VISTAs find creative ways to incorporate literacy and enrichment activities into programming.


Gain experience, insight and sense of self…

“This was by far one of the best summers I have ever had in my life! I have never felt so accomplished, yet at the same time have never had more of a drive to continue to make a difference in children’s lives.”- Summer Reads VISTA, 2011

Summer Reads VISTAs leave the program proud of their many accomplishments and experiences, and committed to continuing to make a difference. After their summer of service, VISTAs gain a greater understanding of their own strengths and personal goals, and build lasting personal and professional connections.


For more information, please contact Emily Sienkiewicz, Summer Reads Coordinator, at or 651-251-9063.

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