Two hours a week can make all the difference in the life of a student who is struggling in reading. Requirements for Tutors
Tutors develop one-on-one relationships, which makes this volunteer experience such a rewarding and worthwhile effort. STAIR has an excellent, user-friendly curriculum that makes it easy for volunteers to follow with no outside prep time and no prior educational experience.
1. Commit to tutoring one or two days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) between the hours of 3:15-4:45PM from September through April. *Exception: Substitute tutors are called when needed to fill in for weekly tutors. **Students: Please think through your sports and seasonal commitments and consider whether you can fully commit to your tutoring responsibilities.
2. You must be a freshman in high school or older to volunteer with STAIR. We request that a parent/guardian of high school students accompany their student to new tutor orientation and sign up to be a substitute for their child when they are absent from their tutoring responsibilities.
3. Attend an orientation.
4. Pass a background check.
How to Become a Tutor
1. Sign up for an orientation on this page.
2. Attend an orientation where you will select a site, complete the background check, and fill out volunteer paperwork.
3. The Director of Volunteer Engagement will get you matched with your site.
4. Observe a seasoned tutor and student, if possible.
About STAIR OF BIRMINGHAM (Start the Adventure in Reading)
5th Avenue South, Suite 400, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35222, US
STAIR's mission is to increase the reading skills and self-esteem of second graders through one-on-one tutoring.
For 18 years, STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) has been on a mission to increase the reading skills and self-esteem of second graders in Birmingham. Reading on grade level by the third grade is the single greatest predictor of high school graduation and career success. Unfortunately, over 85% of third graders in the city of Birmingham did not reach that benchmark last year. Historically, through one-on-one tutoring at STAIR, students have doubled their reading scores after participating in the program.