Become A Volunteer
Equity underlies everything we do. We serve immigrants, low-wealth, and disadvantaged individuals of every age. We know that literacy is the primary determinant of health, employment, income levels, and constructive self-expression. In 2017, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that sixty percent of children nationwide are not reading proficiently. Without intervention children who do not read proficiently become adults with low literacy and the cycle continues. Our one-on-one and small group tutoring is free and based on students’ schedules, making it accessible to those who would otherwise be unable to afford or attend traditional classroom settings.
Our Ideal Volunteer Tutor
The ideal volunteer tutor is someone seeking to make a one-year commitment of two hours per week to help someone else make the change of a lifetime. For our volunteer tutors, an education background is helpful, but not necessary. The most important qualities are patience, an open mind, and resourcefulness. Tutors also need to be non-judgmental and sensitive to cultural differences. A GED or high school diploma is required. Ideal tutors enjoy seeing concrete outcomes from their efforts and sharing in the life-changing successes of others. See our full tutor position description here.
Five Steps to Become a Tutor
1. Contact the Literacy Council. Call (828)254-3442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested in becoming a volunteer. We will get back to you within two business days.
2. Attend orientation. Orientations for the Adult Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs are held every month. Youth Literacy orientations are held at various dates and times in the month before Youth Literacy training, which typically takes places over two weeks during the summer.
3. Attend tutor training. Sign up for training at the end of the orientation session. Adult Literacy or ESOL tutors receive 15 hours of training. Youth Literacy tutors receive 70 hours of training.
4. Get matched with a student. The program director for your chosen program will match you with a student or small group of students who corresponds to your preferences. The program director will set the date, time, and location of your first meeting. After that, you will schedule your tutoring sessions directly with your student.
5. Start tutoring. Meet with your student(s) for at least two hours per week for a minimum of one year. Share your success stories with us, attend periodic in-service trainings to freshen up your skills, and proctor annual tests for your student.