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ORGANIZATION: San Francisco Public Library

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Fog Pair

Spend just a couple hours a week and help ensure success for a young person!

San Francisco Public Library is helping young people catch up to grade-level reading and strengthen their skills through our FOG Readers tutoring program.

We are seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with students in Grades 1-4, using the FOG (Free Orton-Gillingham) Readers method, which employs multisensory learning, phonics-based instruction, and other tools to demystify the process of reading.

As a volunteer tutor, you will meet with your student once a week (online or at a library location) in the evenings, or on the weekend. SFPL will provide all materials and training, as well as offer ongoing support.

Volunteers should:

  • Commit to the training sessions and at least one hour of tutoring per week for at least 6 months, with up to one hour of preparation before each lesson.
  • Enjoy working with a young person who will need patience and encouragement
  • Follow a structured, phonics-based curriculum designed to fill in learning gaps for remedial readers
  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Provide fingerprints for a background check (requires SSN; cost is covered by the program)
  • Be excited to share a passion for reading (and sympathize with the frustration of struggling to read)!

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
Interested in helping out? Our next training will be held in June 2024. To start the process, please fill out an interest form here:


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About San Francisco Public Library


100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

Mission Statement

The Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and the joys of reading for our diverse community.


Public libraries in California seek to engage the talents, skills and commitment of volunteers to serve the communities' information and literacy needs. Libraries offer a variety of skilled volunteer opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to library programs, operations, fundraising events and other community engagement functions. Skilled volunteers have opportunities to lead projects, work with teams of staff and volunteers, learn new skills, and have fun.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


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SFPL LibrariesSan 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
  • 7 hours of training, 1-2 hr/wk, minimum 6 month commitment
  • Undergo a standard background check. Fingerprinting is *in-person* at San Francisco City Hall (SSN required).

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