The Igniting Superhero Readers internship will continue throughout the school year

The Igniting Superhero Readers internship will continue throughout the school year, thanks to a grant from the City of Asheville! The interns will support elementary-age students in the Youth Transformed for Life and Christine W. Avery Learning Center after-school programs.

This is an exciting opportunity to support young adults in the Asheville community as they build their knowledge and skills. The interns will provide 1:1 reading tutoring to the children participating in the after-school programs.

 The Igniting Superhero Readers internship emphasizes recruiting youth of color for paid internships to serve as tutors. Recent research documents that students of color taught by those who share their identities and cultural backgrounds benefit academically and emotionally (source: Teach for America, June 2019). 

In the 2021 summer program, the bond between the interns and campers was almost instantaneous, and the results were encouraging. The campers received pre-and post-tests conducted by Title I Reading Specialists from Asheville City Schools, using the same tools used during the school year. Of the campers who completed both the pre-and post-tests, 41 out of 44 (93%) improved their test scores in at least one literacy area.
The experience is beneficial to the interns/tutors as well. They learn a new skill, gain the experience of a summer job, have an opportunity to “give back” to the community, and receive letters of recommendation. Once a week, they attend professional development sessions on interview skills, financial literacy, and how to describe the intern experience in college essays and resumes. Read more about their experiences participating in the internship.

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