Change Lives: Be an Adult Literacy Tutor


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Main Library601 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica, CA 90401
one on one tutoring
Become an adult literacy tutor and change someone's life.


Position Overview:This is an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of adults whose limited literacy is a challenge in their everyday life. Tutors will be matched with an adult learner and work with them over an extended series of sessions to help them set and acheive their literacy goals.


  • Tutor an adult learner 1-2 times each week for 1.5-2 hour sessions at a Santa Monica Public Library location

  • Create lessons to help adult learners reach their literacy goals

  • Submit monthly time logs


  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English proficiently and clearly

  • Possess patience, flexibility, and excellent oral communication skills

  • Fingerprint clearance is required

  • Age 18 or older

Training Provided:

  • Tutors receive 9 hours over three days of training in addition to some limited online course work

  • All materials provided free of charge

  • Individual assistance from literacy staff is available

  • We are now accepting applications for our Winter January training
Benefits to Volunteer:
  • Satisfaction that you are changing lives

  • Knowledge that you are enhancing the Library’s position in the community

  • Learn to tutor, promote learning, and gain experience

Time Commitment: 6 months or more

Potential volunteers will go through an applicant screening and interview process. We regret that we will not be able to accept all tutor applicants into the program.


  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Reading / Writing
  • Tutoring
  • People Skills

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once or twice a week for 1.5-2 hours each session

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