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Siena Literacy Center

Siena Literacy Center provides support to adults in Detroit through volunteer tutors. We offer the opportunity to tutor learners in math, reading, writing, and English as a second language. Tutoring is possible in-person and virtually. Tutor training is provided.

Adult learners at Siena start with computer-based instruction and are then matched with a tutor based on the subject of instruction and the availability of both participants. Historically, one-on-one tutoring has taken place in-person, Monday through Thursday, between 10 am and 8 pm. However, the recent expansion to include remote tutoring allows learners and tutors the flexibility to work any time, any day of the week.

As tutors, we ask that you commit to two hours per week with your learner. We also ask that you commit to working with the learner for at least six months, ideally it would be at least a year. Learners and tutors establish strong relationships and the continuity of these relationships is extremely beneficial to both participants.

If you indicate your interest in tutoring at Siena, we will reach out to set up an initial meeting where we will learn about you and your interests, and will inform you about adult education at Siena. At this time you will be able to indicate which subjects you are interested in tutoring, as well as which days and times work best for you. We will use this information to match you with a learner. Multiple times throughout the year we will provide tutor training, soon to be available online as well as in person.

Here’s how you can make a difference at Siena!

In-person tutoring

Before the pandemic, tutoring at Siena consisted of face-to-face tutoring. We have opened back up for in-person tutoring for those who are comfortable, with social distancing. Everyone’s health is our first priority so we follow or exceed all of the current safety guidelines.

Remote tutoring

Since the pandemic, we have encouraged remote tutoring for those who are interested. Staff support learners and tutors in their use of technology such as Zoom and WhatsApp, as well as basic computer skills. In some cases, Siena is able to loan laptops and tablets. In addition, there is always the option to use the computer lab to participate in remote tutoring.

Drop-in tutoring

A recent addition to the tutoring repertoire at Siena is drop-in tutoring. Unlike one-on-one tutoring that expects a commitment of six months or more, participation in drop-in tutoring does not require a commitment. If interested, a tutor is able to indicate a block of time for a given week that they are willing to come and tutor a specific subject. For example, if a tutor has an open Thursday afternoon the upcoming week they may offer to be available to answer math questions from 2 - 4 pm. This provides greater flexibility to tutors who are not able to make long-term or consistent (i.e., the same day and time each week) commitments. It also provides another means of support to our learners.

About Siena Literacy Center

Siena Literacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of families in northwest Metropolitan Detroit by providing a basic education program for adult learners. Since opening in 1995, over 600 tutors have helped more than 2,000 learners at Siena. Fundamental literacy skills are necessary for activities that are often taken for granted. Through literacy and numeracy education, Siena enables learners to:

  • Balance a checkbook or track personal finances
  • Help their children and grandchildren with homework
  • Complete and understand lease agreements and other forms
  • Seek and understand reliable health-related materials
  • Prepare for entering advanced education and workforce training
  • Develop the computer skills necessary for nearly every aspect of 21 st century life!

We are proud to be part of Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation, and are an accredited affiliate of Proliteracy America. Siena is located on the Christ the King campus, near the intersection of Six Mile and Grand River. Please visit our website ( for more information.

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About Siena Literacy Center


16888 Trinity, Detroit, MI 48219, US

Mission Statement

Siena Literacy Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of families in metropolitan Detroit by providing a basic adult education program and services with trained volunteers. We offer adult basic reading and math skills tutoring, basic computer skill classes, ESL (English as Second Language) tutoring, and study help with Citizenship interviews. Siena is also a certified provider of Northstar Digital Literacy. All of our services are FREE. Our learners are required to use the computer lab for a minimum of two hours weekly, two-hour weekly sessions with an assigned tutor, and one hour of homework/study time at home. Regular business hours are: Monday-Thursday from 10 am - 8 pm.



Since 1995, over 1,000 tutors have helped over 2,000 adult learners. Siena Literacy Center is looking for caring, patient, and flexible volunteer tutors.

  • Volunteer tutors are needed to teach reading, mathematics, and English as a Second Language.
  • Textbooks, Materials, training, and supplies are provided.

Learners in our programs are required to dedicate 5 hours weekly to their education, including 2 hours of tutoring time, 2 hours of the computer lab, and 1 hour of homework/study time.

When applying, please leave your telephone number and email address. Thank you.


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16888 TrinityDetroit, MI 48219



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation and training is provided (all tutoring) Meet with learner once a week for a two hours (one-on-one tutoring only) We ask for a six month commitment (one-on-one tutoring only)

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