Celebration of Lifelong Learning 2020 video

Literacy for Life's services are available remotely at this time. Our physical offices will remain closed to the public until the William & Mary campus reopens to the external community. Contact us for more information at or (757) 221-3325.

We encourage our tutors to continue meeting their learners virtually via Zoom Meeting, FaceTime, phone, or email. Please log any instructional hours using Easy Hours by  clicking on "Tutors" below.



Volunteers Are The Life Blood Of Our Program


Literacy for Life’s tutors and other volunteers are the heart of our program. They provide:

  • One-on-one and small group instruction in reading, writing, math, and spoken English
  • Help with special events
  • Assistance with fundraising
  • Administrative support

Tutoring is a rewarding and life-enhancing experience. Previous teaching experience is not required, nor is another language. New tutors complete six hours of training before tutoring, with an additional three-hour session two weeks later. We provide ongoing support for our tutors through individual consultation, in-service workshops, an on-site resource library, and referral to online training resources. 

Tutor Training Modules

2020 Tutor Training Dates:  (scroll down page to register)

  • January/February 2020 Training Series, Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on 1/15, 1/22 and 2/5
  • March Training Series 2020, Tuesdays, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on 3/3, 3/10 and 3/24
  • April/May Training Series 2020, Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on 4/21, 4/28 and 5/12

Training Module 1: Start-up Training

This training discusses the causes and effects of low literacy and the ways in which LFL addresses this issue. We’ll share the stories of the adults who come to our program for help and the expectations and commitment required of a LFL tutor. Based upon your interest and availability, you’ll have the opportunity to select a learner with whom you’ll be matched.

Training Module 2: Match-Up Training

You’ll be provided with more detailed information about your learner and their literacy goals. Guidance will be given on what to do during your first meeting with your learner. You’ll be shown the extensive print and computer resources that are available.

Training Module 3: Just-In-Time

This is a time to report back after your first meeting. You’ll be given more detailed instructions on how to set realistic goals with your learner and how to create lesson plans. Specific teaching strategies and activities relevant to your learner will be covered.

Free Ongoing Professional Development Workshops

If you are interested in volunteering with Literacy for Life:

  • Watch the sixteen-minute Orientation Video below.
  • Register for training by completing the Volunteer Registration Form below the video.
  • Please be aware that all Literacy for Life volunteers must agree to a routine background check.

Tutor Orientation Video


View the New Tutor Orientation Video.

To find out more about becoming a tutor or other volunteer, please call 757-221-3325 or fill out the form below.

Volunteer Registration Form


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Type in library name: Literacy4Life      Password: Use the same computer network “Student” password as used at the center


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