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Volunteers Are The Heart Of Our Program


Literacy for Life's tutors are the heart of our program. Tutors provide one-to-one and small group instruction in reading, writing, math, ESL (English as a Second Language), and computer skills.

Tutoring is a rewarding and life-enhancing experience. New tutors receive all the training they need to get started. We provide ongoing support through individual consultation, in-service workshops, a resource library, and referral to online training resources.

Tutor qualifications:

  • Patience, flexibility, a positive outlook, and a desire to learn new things!
  • Age 18+ with high school completion or equivalent
  • English language skills (native speaker or advanced ESL)
  • Basic computer skills (comfort with common applications)
  • Able to commit to one year of consistent tutoring
  • Willing to submit to a routine background check (required)
  • Teaching experience and a second language are not required

Interested in tutoring?

For an excellent introduction to adult literacy tutoring, we encourage you to view the online course "Volunteering in a Literacy Program" at the ProLiteracy Education Network. (You will need to create a free non-member account.)

Complete our Volunteer Registration Form. We will invite you to a tutor training series. The first no-obligation session will describe our mission, services, learners, and expectations. After that session, we will invite you to submit a tutor application and to attend additional training workshops so that you will be well prepared to help your learner meet his or her goals.

Please call 757-221-3325 or email literacyforlife@wm.edu with any questions

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