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Summer Scholars is an award-winning, community-based literacy program that partners with 20 Denver elementary schools to provide high-quality reading, language and math tutoring, enrichment and family literacy to 2000 children and their families each year. It is currently looking for hard-working, self-motivated teens ages 15 and older who are interested in working or volunteering in a summer reading program. Apply online by MARCH 5, 2014. 

Summer Scholars is hiring for the following part-time positions in its summer programs:

(1) Summer Classroom Assistants - must be age 15 or older; requires Letter of Recommendation from your current English teacher. Classroom Assistants will work with young children both in small groups and individually, under teacher supervision, concentrating on reading skills. The program runs from June 16th to July 25th, 2014, 8:15 to 11:45 AM, Monday through Friday. Hourly wage is $8.00.

(2) Family Literacy ECE Assistant Instructor - must be age 15 or older. This position assists teachers who focus on helping parents to build their English oral language skills that increase their abilities to help their children succeed in school. Along with the adult classes  Summer Scholars offers Early Childhood Education classes for children who are not old enough to be in the regular summer literacy program. Classes are held daily (Monday through Friday) June 16th to July 25th. Classes will be held within the hours of 8:30 – 11:30 AM. Hourly wage is $8.00 to $10.00.

(3) Youth Development Instructors - must be age 18 or older. The program runs from June 16th to July 25th, 2013, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. Instructors are expected to be there from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Hourly wage is $12 for new instructors; $12.50 for returning ones.

For further information about these positions, as well as the link to the online application, visit

Summer Scholars is also looking for volunteers this summer, including:

Recreation Support Aide

After a morning of focused literacy instruction, the afternoons are all about activity. Work with small groups of students in crafts, sports, science, field trips and more. Must be 16 years old or older.

Reading Buddy

Work one-on-one with elementary aged students in the classroom by reading with them and working on vocabulary building. Must be at least 15 years old.

ECE (Preschool) Classroom Aide

Work with Summer Scholars’ youngest learners, birth through six years, whose first language is not English. You never know what you might be doing from holding a crying child to helping with snacks and crafts. For teens age 15 and older.

Central Office Assistant

A lot of what happens with the students is possible because of what happens in the central office. Support all our programs by helping with office duties such as filing, phone calls, copying, mailings, supply preparation, data entry and more. Must be at least 15 years old.

Materials Master

Volunteers will play a crucial role helping Summer Scholars organize and prepare materials for its award-winning literacy programs. Much of our curriculum is custom-made and created by hand. Care and effort in producing and re-stocking these materials directly affect the quality of tutoring for the students. Teens 15 and older welcome.

Click here for more information on volunteering with Summer Scholars.


Clare Robinson, a BraveTracks’ Youth Advisor and Cherry Creek High School junior, provided the research for this post. 




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