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Volunteer to help adults with English!
Love to chat and meet people from around the world? Change lives by volunteering to help adults practice English!

Did you know that nearly 1 million adults in Los Angeles face literacy or language barriers?

Join us to share your love of reading and:
-- Learn new skills! We provide all the training, materials, and support you'll need to be an effective group leader.
-- Meet lots of great people from different cultures and places.
-- Face challenges and learn how to overcome them.
-- Develop (or grow!) a passion for learning and teaching others.
-- Create real and meaningful change in your own community.
-- Gain great experience that can be applied in multiple job fields.

Volunteers are fundamental to the success of library literacy services. Without people like you we can't partner with adults to overcome literacy barriers and close skill gaps to create opportunity for individuals, their families, and the communities of Los Angeles.

Won't you join us?

You will lead a small, mixed group of native and non-native English-speakers. Topics range from basic reading and writing, American culture and history, to pronunciation and will be selected by you and our staff. No teaching or tutoring background is required. All volunteer classroom teachers receive free training and materials. We ask for 2 to 3 hours a week for a minimum of 2 months.

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About Los Angeles Public Library

Location:

630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, US

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.

Description

The Los Angeles Public Library is largest public research institution west of the Mississippi.


With more than 70 branch libraries and Central Library subject departments serving millions of Angelenos on a yearly basis, our programs are supported by thousands of volunteers in a variety of capacities. Whether providing one on one literacy tutoring, cutting out craft supplies for story time activities, helping serve summer lunch at the library, or serving as a Friend of the Library, all volunteers play a role in the work of LAPL.


If you would like to volunteer, but don't see a listing that matches your interests, please contact your local branch or the Volunteer Engagement Office. Opportunities and needs vary by location and fluctuate throughout the year.


Please note that the minimum age for volunteers is 14 (with the exception of 11-13-year-olds joining Teen Councils), minimum time commitments are required for most opportunities, adult volunteers working with children will be fingerprinted, and LAPL does not accept court-mandated community service.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Los Angeles (City) Public LibraryVarious LocationsLos Angeles, CA 90071

SKILLS

  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • one and a half hours class time plus prep time, 2 month commitment
  • Must be minimum 18 + years. All Adult Literacy volunteers must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

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