To Volunteer

Public libraries in Southern California provide FREE literacy services to English-speaking adults who want to improve basic reading and writing skills. As a volunteer, you have the rare opportunity to share the excitement and joy of helping someone read for the first time and to create a learning environment that promotes self-esteem and helps adult learners participate more fully in their community. You can help an adult:

  • Develop basic reading skills
  • Improve spelling and writing
  • Gain general knowledge
  • Apply literacy skills to daily life
  • Become more confident and independent

Successful volunteer tutors:

  • Read and write comfortably in English
  • At least 18 years old
  • Previous teaching or tutoring experience is not required
  • Have patience and empathy
  • Have good listening skills
  • Flexible and nonjudgmental
  • Able to learn and use a variety of teaching methods

Typical commitment of a volunteer tutor:

  • 2 tutoring sessions per week
  • Each session is 1 1/2 hours
  • Minimum 6 months of tutoring
  • A combination of Orientations, Tutor Workshops, and In-Service workshops
  • One-to-one tutoring and/or Small Groups

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