How Do I Become a Volunteer Tutor?
The process of becoming a Literacy Volunteers tutor is as easy as 1-2-3:
- You must be at least eighteen years of age, be a high school graduate (or higher), and enjoy working with people from all walks of life in a non-judgmental way. We request a minimum of a one year time commitment.
- Apply and Train: All new volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation meeting (2 hours) and complete an application. Please check our calendar for the next scheduled orientation meeting. Tutor volunteers must attend a 3 hour initial training followed by other workshops (6-10 hours yearly) or as needed. Other volunteers will be trained “on the job.” Check Our Calendar.
- Tutor/Other Jobs: Volunteer tutors are asked to tutor weekly for a year. Tutoring must be done in a public place. PLEASE SEE THE STUDENT PAGE FOR DESCRIPTIONS OF TUTORING OPTIONS. Other volunteers (office, fundraising, etc.) may work for varying times depending on the assignment.
How Will Literacy Volunteers Help Me Once I Become a Tutor?
Literacy Volunteers will help you every step of the way as you begin working with a student or an office task, etc. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and supported at all times.
- We are just a phone call or email away. Our staff is available most days to answer your questions or discuss tutoring issues with you.
- Literacy Volunteers maintains a lending library of useful materials for tutors such as instructional aids and lesson plan ideas.
- The Program Coordinators and Office Manager are available to meet with you personally to discuss your experiences and needs.
- We publish twice-yearly newsletters with literacy updates, stories of tutor and student successes, happenings and events, etc.
- Literacy Volunteers hosts an Annual Tutor/Student Recognition Event to honor the progress and accomplishments of students and volunteers.
- All volunteers can receive tickets at reduced prices for our annual fundraising events.
- Literacy Volunteers never charges for any of our educational services. No student is turned away for financial reasons.
- In addition to Adult Basic Education, we also offer preparation for High School Equivalency (TASC) exams for adults, and English lessons for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
- We provide services in both Broome and Tioga Counties. In Tioga County, we also provide free basic computer literacy classes under the TALL (Tioga Adult Learning Lab) program.
- We are a non-governmental nonprofit agency. We have been active in this community since 1967.