NYU Steinhardt runs the largest America Reads program in the country. Since 1997, 12,000 students throughout NYU have been employed in work-study jobs assisting public school teachers help students acquire basic literacy skills. Working one-on-one with children from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, tutors provide close to 10,000 hours per week of academic assistance at no cost to the participating schools.
Cindy Pineda, a master’s degree candidate from the program in international education, who is of Mexican-Salvadoran heritage, offered her students bilingual instruction, teaching them how to break down difficult texts using examples in their native Spanish language.
“I was an example of how important it is to go to college,” Pineda said. “I was a role model to the students because we came from similar backgrounds, and I gave them hope that they could also one day go to college.”
Pineda has also served as a co-host of Steinhardt’s College Connection. The special outreach program offers New York City’s middle and high school students an immediate taste of college life through a campus tour and a seminar with NYU students.
(Photo: Cindy Pineda by Brady Galan.)