Student Literacy Corps: Engaging Our Schools

Celebrating 25 Years of Making a Difference

Webster University’s Student Literacy Corps is a community service program through which Webster students are trained and placed as reading tutors in St. Louis-area schools. 

Created in 1990 by School of Education faculty members Dr. Jeri Levesque and Dr. Theresa Prosser, the program celebrated 25 years in 2016 with over 700 Webster University student tutors having reached over 10,000 students. While the program originated in the School of Education, tutors have come from every school on campus.

Levesque and Prosser's goal at the founding of the program was to educate Webster students while addressing educational inequities by serving underserved populations. The program seeks to accomplish three outcomes:

  • helping new and struggling readers to increase their literacy skills
  • providing tutors with meaningful teaching and community service experience
  • supporting schools and other educational agencies with trained, dedicated tutors who can give individualized attention to the students who need it most

Webster University thanks all current and former Student Literacy Corps tutors for a quarter of a century of commitment to our community.

President Stroble with tutors

Recognized for Service

Webster University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with Distinction in the General Community Service in part due to the Student Literacy Corps.