Help empower a fellow adult in the community to reach their potential by tutoring them in basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills for everyday life, work, and future education. Learn more about the learners who join our program in their own words by watching the video below.
Note #1: 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 resume or start to learn during this time. Note #2: 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 ask for a 6-month minimum commitment. 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.
The average adult learner in our program is between 30 and 50 years old, but the age range is very broad.
How it works - what happens after training
After completing pre-training, a tutor is matched with an adult learner based on preferred location(s) (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 for free.
Literacy staff provides assistance and support as learners progress through the program.
A tutor may work with more than one learner individually if the tutor wishes.
About Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library
Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, US
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.
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Our tutoring program is learner-centered, based on each adult learner's personal, literacy-related goals, such as write an email message, help a child with homework, get a better job, or get a driver license. Annually, we help about 250-350 learners improve their skills and reach their goals with the help of over 200 volunteer tutors who provide 15,000-20,000 instructional hours. Reading-writing and/or English language instructional materials are provided to assist the learner with skill development, but these should be complemented by additional real-life materials, resources, and other practice activities to help the learner achieve their personal goals. Tutors are not expected to stick to a set curriculum or timeline but instead are encouraged to be creative and learn what works best for their learner, and what motivates their learner.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
Sacramento Public Library Branches (28) / VirtualLiteracy Office at Central Library828 I StreetSacramento, CA95814
June 14, 2021
Literacy / Reading
Verbal / Written Communication
Reading / Writing
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Once a week or more, 1-2 hours each session.
Have an email address and check it regularly. Basic-proficient computer/technology skills needed, or a willingness to learn.