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Fog Pair

Spend just an hour a week and help ensure success for a young person!
San Francisco Public Library is bringing its FOG Readers program to the Main Library and to many branch locations, to help young people catch up to grade-level reading or strengthen their skills.

We are seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with students using the FOG (Free Orton-Gillingham) Readers method, which employs multisensory learning, phonics-based instruction, and other tools to demystify the process of reading.

Volunteers will attend three 2 hour training sessions and then be matched with an elementary school student. Volunteers and their learners will meet at least once a week at the library after school, in the evenings, or on the weekend. SFPL will provide all materials and training, as well as offer ongoing support.

Volunteers should:

  • Enjoy working with young people and exhibit patience
  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Be willing to undergo a standard fingerprinting and background check (Requires SSN)
  • Commit to the three training sessions and at least one hour of tutoring per week for at least 6 months
  • Be excited to share a passion for reading!

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Make a meaningful, lasting difference for a child by building critical literacy skills.
  • Serve your community
  • Learn valuable skills tutoring and mentoring that can be applied to other areas of life

Our next training sessions (all three are required) will take place in the meeting/training room in the Main Library Children’s Center (100 Larkin Street) located on the 2nd floor on:

  • Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 12, 6:00-8:00 pm

Interested in helping out? Please e-mail to start the process.

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San Francisco Public Library-All locations100 Larkin StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102



  • Literacy / Reading
  • General Education
  • Child Development
  • Youth Services


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 hours of training, 1 hr/wk, 6 month commitment
  • Be at least 15 years of age, Undergo a standard fingerprinting and background check (SSN required)

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