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Adult Literacy Program Mission

Program Mission:

By creating a supportive and vibrant adult learning community, we provide a safe environment for reading and writing practice where individuals take risks and grow towards leadership to make positive changes in their lives and communities.


Volunteer Tutor Service Areas

There are two services the Write to Read Program provides:

            Basic Literacy students are adults with no more than a high school education, who speak English fluently, and who want to improve their reading and writing. Basic students come from both the U.S. and other countries, and usually enter the program reading at about a 4th grade level. Most students are enrolled in small groups led by professional literacy instructors, but some students come to us with    short term goals which they would like to achieve with the help of an individual tutor.

            High Level students are second-language learners. Most have been college educated in their home country, and are no longer beginning English learners, but   want to work on their reading and communication skills in order to more fully participate in American life. These students are invited to join student reading clubs that emphasize lively discussion. In addition, these students may also have short   term goals which they would like to achieve with the help of an individual tutor.


Volunteer Tutor

WHO: Volunteer tutors qualifications

  • At least 18 years old
  • No degrees or diplomas needed
  • Comfortable with reading and writing in English
  • Patient, empathetic, and willing to learn
  • Able to commit to at least six months of service
  • Can complete timely monthly reports and evaluations
  • Participate in tutor training, seminars and roundtables


WHAT: tutoring, reading groups, project coordination and support

  • Offer individual tutoring to help students (either basic or high level) with short term goals. Tutors may be matched with a student according to the tutor’s skills, interests and availability.  (minimum 10 hours training needed)

  • Facilitate High Level (second language) student reading clubs held at the library to work on reading comprehension, pronuncitation and dialogue - conversation practice.  (minimum 9 hours training needed)


Experienced volunteers can also:

  • Work individually with students who have special needs in reading and writing
  • Become volunteer assessment specialists
  • Assist in tutor training seminars
  • Provide instruction and mentoring to other volunteers
  • Coordinate literacy events and publicity
  • Be an invaluable community liaison for our program
  • Assist staff with office duties

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer tutor. We are currently NOT recruiting new tutors until January, 2016. We will contact you in 2016, if you send us your completed application.

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