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Become a high-impact early literacy tutor for K-3 students.

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COVID-19 is having a drastic impact on education across our state. Students have lost learning time and are falling behind. Families are juggling work, school, and child care. Teachers are struggling to keep students engaged. All of this makes it harder for students to learn and thrive.

North Carolina Education Corps is a response to the impact COVID-19 is having on schools, as students struggle to keep up with learning.

We bring together community members to support students and accelerate learning. You can help.

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That’s a future we can create together.

North Carolina Education Corps partners with local schools to recruit, train, and deploy “corps members.” Corps members — including community college and university students, recent graduates, and retirees — are paid a living wage by schools to work part-time as tutors, mentors, and, this year, contact tracers.

Corps members build relationships and connect with young students. They help teachers reach students who need additional academic support. They accelerate COVID learning recovery with students, families, and school personnel.

During the 2021-2022 school year, NC Education Corps members will serve as high-impact literacy tutors grounded in the science of reading and reading instruction. As early literacy tutors, corps members will assist K-3 students with building their phonemic awareness and phonics skills — foundational skills for learning how to read.

Our call to action is simple: step up to work as an early literacy tutor. Join a community effort to support students and accelerate learning.

Our corps members are now deploying in fall 2021.


NC Education Corps, launched as a joint project of the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Office of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, and local public schools is now an independent nonprofit. We match hardworking, service-oriented North Carolinians with opportunities to make a life-changing difference in the lives of young students across the state.

Our vision:
A North Carolina Where All Students Have The Support They Need To Thrive.

Our mission

Work that changes lives

Corps members commit to nine months of part-time, paid service as high-impact early literacy tutors. Participating public schools hire corps members to work directly with K-3 students during the school day.

NCEC recruits community college and university students, recent college graduates, retirees, and adults who are actively engaged in their community.

We include a special focus on recruiting students from universities and community colleges with teacher prep programs.

We hope young corps members consider a career in public education and public service after working with NCEC and our school partners.

JOIN NC ED CORPS: Become a high-impact literacy tutor

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Living Wage:
All corps members will be compensated for their valuable time serving students and public school units.

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Current opportunities are 10-15 hrs/week or 15-25 hrs/week

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Equipped for Impact:
Corps members receive exceptional pre-service training and in-service support for lasting impact. 

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Join The Movement

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Complete our simple application or interest form. Once matched with a partnering public school unit, begin the school hiring process.

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We will equip you to serve K-3 students as a literacy tutor. We provide you high-impact training and community-building alongside other corps members.

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You commit to nine months of life-changing service. We will support you with coaching and training throughout the year.

Schools that have applied to partner in 2021 - 2022

Since January 2021, over 200 Education Corps members have been hired across 24 North Carolina public school units.

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  • Ashe County Schools
  • Bladen County Schools
  • Cherokee County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Granville County Schools
  • Guilford County Schools
  • Halifax County Schools
  • Henderson Collegiate (Vance County)
  • Hertford County Public Schools
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools
  • Johnston County Schools
  • Lexington City Schools
  • Martin County Schools
  • Mount Airy City Schools
  • Newton Conover City Schools
  • Northampton County Schools
  • Scotland County Schools
  • Stanly County Schools
  • Transylvania County Schools
  • Vance County Schools
  • Wake County Public School System
  • Weldon City Schools
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Supporters Making This Possible

NC Volunteers
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NC Governor's Office

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And participating North Carolina public schools.