America Reads*America Counts (AR*AC) is a partnership between the University of Maryland and Prince George's County Public Schools. It provides a high quality mentoring program that enriches learning opportunities for both college and elementary school students.
America Reads is a reading tutoring program for 1st and 2nd grade students. University of Maryland mentors work one-on-one with students twice a week, providing extra instruction and support in reading and writing. All mentors receive extensive training from Prince George's County Reading Specialists in Reading Recovery and general tutoring methods.
America Counts is an after-school math tutoring program for 4th grade students. University of Maryland mentors work with groups of 2-4 students twice a week after school, providing homework help, and engaging students in math "centers" that review difficult math concepts in an active, hands-on way.
Partners in Print program provides a supportive environment where parents can discover how to help their children learn to read. Partners in Print mentors conduct evening workshops with parents and their Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children. These workshops are centered on ways parents can engage their children in reading at home. Workshops are conducted in both English and Spanish.
Alternative Breaks are substance-free, community service-learning trips during winter, spring and summer breaks. Participants travel both locally and internationally to engage in active service, learn about social issues, and build upon community assets.
TerpService Days are one-time days of service targeted at the broad campus community. The purpose of the TerpService Days is to provide a welcoming and positive experience for UMD students to engage in service. Students with significant or no experience in service-learning are welcome to participate. Student groups also enjoy participating in the service days.
Terps for Change is committed to connecting the university with the local community through sustained, collaborative, and meaningful community service-learning. By exploring the root causes through critical reflection and meaningful dialogue, we seek to better understand the systemic complexities of social issues and the action steps we can take to address them.