SU Literacy Corps

The Syracuse University Literacy Corps (SULC) is a reciprocal learning experience in which SU students gain firsthand experience by working as tutors in urban school and community-based settings. Each year over 250 SULC tutors provide academic support for students in the Syracuse City School District, Lafayette Central School District, Syracuse Catholic Schools, and Syracuse-area community-based organizations. Under the direction of teachers and site staff, SULC tutors provide academic support to students in small group and one-on-one settings. The students in the SULC have a demonstrated ability and willingness to not only contribute to a child’s educational experience, but also to develop positive and impactful relationships. Annually, tutors elect 12-15 of their peers to operate Corps Council, the student-run governing body of the SULC. Corps Council members work with Shaw Center staff to facilitate the recruitment, hiring, and training of incoming SULC tutors. Additionally, the Corps Council coordinates all First Book fund-raisers emanating from the Shaw Center.

Each semester, tutors are required to participate in three SU Literacy Corps training sessions. These sessions provide students with new skills and strategies for effective tutoring, a broader perspective on urban education, and the opportunity to engage with local community leaders and experts.

Students must have Federal Work Study awards to apply.

Literacy Corps Prospective Tutors

Syracuse University Literacy Corps recruits new tutors at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters. In addition, we operate a full-time summer tutoring program.

The applicants must submit 3 completed reference forms prior to being placed at a site. The references do not have to be submitted with the application.

Literacy Corps Position Description

The SU Literacy Corps is a community based service learning opportunity open to SU students from every college and major. Students must have Federal Work Study and a willingness to serve as role models for young children.

The position also includes trainings and reflections.

Successful tutors demonstrate:

  • Ability to work with and understand students from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Appropriate level of professionalism and demeanor
  • Dependability in keeping to scheduled work hours and punctuality
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Adaptability to unexpected events
  • Ability to take feedback in a constructive manner

To apply for a Literacy Corps Tutor position:

Visit the Shaw Center staff in 237 Schine Student Center to pick up the application and reference forms. Applicants should attach their resume and weekly view myslice class schedule to their application form. Once the application is complete, submit all materials to Shaw Center staff to schedule your in-person interview. Applicants must submit three reference forms prior to the start of position. All forms are available on the Shaw Center website.