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Did you know that nearly 1 million adults in Los Angeles face literacy or language barriers and that of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty?

This is why the Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Program has partnered with the Downtown Women's Center, bringing education to women experiencing homelessness.

To help us meet this mission we need a few volunteers to lead a writing class that meets at the Downtown Women's Center on Friday afternoons. Instruction is needed in academic writing (e.g. the five paragraph essay, critical thinking, and forms of writing on standardized tests like the GED, TOEFL, etc.).

Teaching experience isn't required but you will need to complete the orientation and training provided for free by both the Los Angeles Public Library and the Downtown Women's Center.

In return you will:
-- Learn new skills! We provide all the training, materials, and support you'll need to be effective.
-- Meet great people from different cultures and places.
-- Face challenges and learn how to overcome them.
-- Develop (or grow!) a passion for learning and teaching others.
-- Create real and meaningful change in your own community.
-- Gain great experience that can be applied in multiple job fields.

No teaching background is required but you will need superior people skills, patience, and confidence in your English verbal and communication skills.

Won't you join us?

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About Los Angeles Public Library


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Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.


The Los Angeles Public Library is largest public research institution west of the Mississippi.

With more than 70 branch libraries and Central Library subject departments serving millions of Angelenos on a yearly basis, our programs are supported by thousands of volunteers in a variety of capacities. Whether providing one on one literacy tutoring, cutting out craft supplies for story time activities, helping serve summer lunch at the library, or serving as a Friend of the Library, all volunteers play a role in the work of LAPL.

If you would like to volunteer, but don't see a listing that matches your interests, please contact your local branch or the Volunteer Engagement Office. Opportunities and needs vary by location and fluctuate throughout the year.

Please note that the minimum age for volunteers is 14 (with the exception of 11-13-year-olds joining Teen Councils), minimum time commitments are required for most opportunities, adult volunteers working with children will be fingerprinted, and LAPL does not accept court-mandated community service.


We'll work with your schedule.


Downtown Women's Center442 South San Pedro StreetLos Angeles, CA 90013



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • People Skills
  • Reading / Writing


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 to 3 hours per week, 6 month commitment
  • Must be minimum 18 + years. All Adult Literacy volunteers must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

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