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Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

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Literacy Volunteers of Illinois' Jump Start program began as an initiative to invite members from the community to tutor incarcerated youth on a one to one basis; ostensibly to work toward the improvement of literacy skills and attaining High School Diplomas and GED’s, but also to provide mentorship to these young men during this window of opportunity.

The Jump Start program now operates in 4 facilities in Illinois - Chicago, St.Charles, Warrenville, and Harrisburg, and we’re constantly on the look-out for new volunteers. Our members give up an hour or so a week to come in to the facility to tutor the young men in the system. We have a high degree of flexibility, with volunteers able to choose sessions within school hours and on Monday evenings 6-7:30pm. As well as community volunteers, the Jump Start team is made up of AmeriCorps members, who commit to part-time or full time positions.

At IYC Chicago, we strive to help the young men build on their strengths and create a vision for their future so that they feel more confident in advocating for themselves. All volunteers go through orientation and tutor training, so teaching experience is by no means essential.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID. Anyone not vaccinated will be tested weekly. Masking is required at all times. Temperatures are taken upon entering the facility.

If you're interested in this incredibly rewarding challenge, then do please drop us a line.

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About Literacy Volunteers of Illinois


641 W. Lake Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60661, US

Mission Statement

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults, and out-of-school teens increase their literacy skills.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


136 N.Western AvenueChicago, IL 60612



  • General Education
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services
  • Reading / Writing




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Most volunteers come in weekly for 1 to 2 hours, although some choose to come in more often.

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