What kind of student will I be working with?
Literacy For All (LFA) has many volunteer opportunities. By providing details about your background on the volunteer application form, we will match you with a wonderful volunteer opportunity. Students of many different cultural and economic backgrounds who are working on improving their literacy skills to transform their lives. We define literacy in broad terms, so you will not be just helping a student read, literacy is much more!
What kind of commitment is needed?
We ask that volunteer tutors commit at least two hours a week (once or twice) a week. We can also provide a student who has a short-term goal. We do prefer a six month to a year commitment. Tutors can take the summer off or only tutor in the summer. If you have vacation planned, you can work out a schedule with your student. We ask that you always have a new appointment planned by the time your current appointment ends.
How old do you have to be to tutor?
You must be 18 years old to tutor a student. We do have individual or group projects for students under 18. All volunteers under 18 need to be supervised by an adult.
Where does the tutoring take place?
Tutoring sessions usually occur in study rooms at area libraries or at other public places. Volunteers cannot transport students. If you are tutoring a child, tutoring cannot occur at school after school has ended. We want the parent to be able to bring and drop off the child for the session.
Do I need to know another language to tutor a nonnative speaker?
You do not. Students who are learning English need to be speaking English all the time with a tutor. Since students are from many countries, it would be impossible to find tutors who can speak all those languages.
What experience do you need to tutor?
We want volunteers with a variety of backgrounds! For many of our adult students, your professional background can help them connect their literacy skills to their career.
Are there trainings or materials available?
Literacy For All (LFA) has webinars, an online introductory training and structured competencies with each program. We also like tutors to supplement this with the tutor’s occupational experiences, professional and personal background and research. It is part of the tutor’s responsibility to plan lesson plans for the student. We are here to support volunteers!