Our diverse community includes students from many cultures, over 30 different languages, and immigrants who just arrived in the United States. It’s a wonderful community to collaborate with—we learn from one another! Students who participate say: "I feel like I have a better knowledge of the surrounding community", and "As America Reads tutors, I feel we become an integrated segment of both USD and Linda Vista. It has created good links with the students, community and USD."

Seventy students each semester devote 8 - 10 hours per week as reading or math tutors and become team-members with the teachers through the Youth to College program. Many students continue more than one year, and new students are recruited during the summer when applications for the positions come from Financial Aid. Students find the "program raises awareness of the importance of literacy." They "see first hand that children progress in their knowledge and develop into ultimately more confident students."

If you are interested in tutoring contact Ilana Lopez, director of Community-Based Youth Programs, by phone at (619) 260-2350 or via email at For more information on our program and approach, please visit:

Van Transportation

The University supports a van for the Youth to College tutors and course-based component students to get to and from Linda Vista community sites. Student drivers (Federal Work–Study students) provide transportation service from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Monday thru Friday.

For van transportation, please come to the Mulvaney Center (Maher Hall 218) and let the person at the front desk know that you need a ride. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jaime Rivera
Maher Hall 218
(619) 260-4798