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America Reads Mississippi AmeriCorps Program


Tutors with a Mission-America Reads-Mississippi is dedicated to improving the reading skills of students, encouraging public awareness and support of literacy, and helping to increase the number of certified teachers in Mississippi.

Program Description

America Reads Mississippi (ARM) is a national service program often referred to as the domestic Peace Corps. ARM is the largest AmeriCorps program of its kind in the nation with 350 full-time members serving in 85 schools across the state. ARM members (1) tutor 1st-3rd grade students during the regular school day, before school, and in the summer (2) recruit volunteers and implement local community service projects and (3) engage students in service learning citizenship projects. The DSU Region has 51 members in 16 school sites serving in 8 counties in the MS Delta.

Program Success

DSU ARM members have conducted and participated in several National Service Projects and various community projects. The following numbers represent service activity for member projects from August 2011-January 2012.

  • The total number of volunteers of all ages who were recruited, coordinated, or supported by ARM DSU program staff and AmeriCorps members is 15,180.
  • The total number of hours served by volunteers recruited by ARM DSU AmeriCorps members is 29,275.
  • The total number of individuals that have benefited from ARM DSU members service projects and community activities are 46,709.

Collaborative Partners

Alcorn State University America Learns
American Red Cross Delta State University
Jackson State University MS Department of Education
MS Commission for Volunteer Service MS Institutions for Higher Learning
MS School Districts Mississippi State University
State Farm/Youth Service America The University of Mississippi
The University of Souther Mississippi United Way


Mississippi Commissions for Volunteer Service Corporation for National and Community Service

Contact Information

Mississippi Delta-DSU Region
Carla Ross, Regional Coordinator
Delta State University | CCED
Phone: 662-846-4812 | Fax: 662-846-4372