Cal State L.A. - Educational Participation In Communities

America Reads & America Counts

The EPIC America Reads and America Counts program is a community-based federal work study employment opportunity which provides tutoring to children in inner-city elementary schools. In a classroom and school setting, tutors help develop children’s reading and math skills. This national tutorial program targets elementary school students who are achieving below grade level in reading and math.


The objective of the program is to promote careers in education through providing valuable opportunities for firsthand experience, relevant training, and civic engagement. We expect the program outcome will have provided Cal State L.A. students the opportunity to gain experience and contacts for potential career advancement, while assisting in improving the academic achievement of the children.

Annual Events
There are two annual special events coordinated by this program:
  1. “Read Across America” is a nationwide literacy advocacy event, is coordinated by the student tutors for the children who participate in the program.
  2. “Cal State L.A., Here We Come” is a higher education focus event where an estimated 300 children who participate in the program, are invited to the campus for a visit. Student tutors assist in coordinating this event by bridging the university community with the communities we serve.
Through coordinating special events, student program tutors engage members of the campus community in the importance of community service for children in elementary school.