Each year, Chicago welcomes thousands of new, Latino immigrants who are inspired by the promise of a better life. But many find opportunities limited because of an inability to speak English and an unstable economic situation prohibiting them from dedicating time to language development. PODER, an English literacy, civic education, and employment training hub, has been empowering Chicago’s immigrant community with the necessary academic tools to promote human dignity, increase employment potential, and facilitate participation in the larger community since 1997. Today, we offer comprehensive, tuition-free English education and job training programs for all education levels. PODER ensures that students learn to speak and read English with confidence, navigate daily life with ease, and gain the necessary skills to enter Chicago’s mainstream job market.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
PODER is seeking English literacy volunteers for our integrated English Works program. Classes are held both during the day and in the evening at our two sites on Chicago's southwest side. Each class is divided between a teacher-directed classroom setting and individual and/or small group sessions with trained volunteer literacy tutors. These one-on-one and small group volunteer tutor sessions form the backbone of our English Works program, providing personalized instruction to students and solidifying language acquisition.
PODER volunteer tutors work with students to define and achieve individual educational goals, review classroom material students are struggling with, select and execute activities to improve students' literacy skills (especially grammar and speaking abilities), and assist students with computer-based literacy activities.
This volunteer commitment is ideally at least 2 hours per week, with an English Works literacy tutor working with a teacher and class of students for an entire 16-week trimester.
The majority of our students have limited first language (Spanish) and/or low second language literacy, and for those individuals, volunteers are critical to ensuring students understand classroom material and succeed in becoming integrated members of U.S. society.
We are currently in need of both morning (9:00am-11:15am) and evening (6:15pm-8:30pm) volunteers.
We offer classes at 3 locations:
Pulaski Site/Marquette Bank
6155 S. Pulaski Rd., 2 nd Fl.
Class Time: 9:15am - 11:15am
Levels Offered: Intro, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3
Volunteers needed Monday through Friday
Kedzie Site/Metropolitan Family Services
6422 S. Kedzie Ave
Class Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Levels Offered: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3
Volunteers needed Monday through Thursday
Sawyer Site/St. Gall and Catholic Charities
5533 S. Sawyer Ave
Class Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Level Offered: Intro
Volunteers needed Monday and Tuesday
Contact Griselda Piedra at email@example.com if interested.
- Teaching / Instruction
- People Skills
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 17