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Help an Adult Improve Literacy Skills: Become a Reading Tutor!

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Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

  • 779 people are interested
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Help an adult learn to read better!

NOTE: This opportunity is normally in-person but being done remotely/virtually at this time, including the tutor pre-service training. However, many learners are not comfortable with technology and/or may not have easy access to wi-fi or good technology. We are working on this so that more opportunities are available and learners can continue or start to learn during this time.
Please also note: Due to the time it takes to complete training and to find a learner who is a good match, this is not a quick-start opportunity, and we generally ask for a 6-month minimum commitment.
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Did you know?

  • An estimated 230,000 adults in Sacramento County need to improve their reading and writing skills to better help themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • Of those adults who are unemployed, 75% have reading and writing difficulties.
  • According to the National Institute for Literacy, 20% of the adults in Sacramento County have difficulty with reading, writing, and computational skills necessary to function in everyday life.

What can you do?
Consider being a tutor if you are 18 or older, able to read, write, and speak English clearly; have basic computer skills; and are willing to do the following:

  • Tutor at least once a week for 1-2 hours each session;
  • Commit to a minimum of 6 months or longer;
  • Complete a 4-5 hour tutor pre-service training workshop and orientation;
  • Participate in tutor in-service meetings throughout the year to reinforce your tutoring skills.
Note: Most of the adult learners in our program are between 30 and 50 years old, but the age range is very broad.

How it works - what happens after training?
After completing training, tutors are matched with an adult learner based on preferred locations (currently remote/virtual) and day/time availability. Tutoring takes place at any of the 28 library branches, or at some other public location; or remotely/virtually, via basic phone call or video call, etc. Basic materials for tutor and learner are provided at no charge. Literacy staff provides assistance and support as learners progress through the program.

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About Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

Location:

Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Adult Literacy Services is simple: Assist adults in improving their basic literacy skills, thereby empowering them to reach their full potential, create stronger families, and participate more fully in society.

Description

Consider being a tutor if you are 18 or older, able to read, speak English clearly and are willing to:

  • Tutor at least once a week; attend one 4-hour tutor workshop for certification as an adult literacy tutor.
  • Participate in one-hour workshops offered during the year to reinforce your tutoring skills.

After completing training, tutors volunteer their time for 1 to 2 hours at least once a week. Basic materials for tutor and learner are provided at no charge. Tutoring space is available at most library locations along with several other public sites. Literacy staff provides assistance and support as learners progress through the program.

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Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Sacramento Public Library Branches (28) / VirtualLiteracy Office at Central Library828 I StreetSacramento, CA 95814

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education
  • Reading / Writing
  • Critical Thinking

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week, 1-2 hours each session
  • Have an email address and check it regularly.

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