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Youth Literacy Tutors Needed

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Literacy Council of Buncombe County

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Do you want to make a difference in your community during these critical times?

Our Youth Literacy Program works with K-12 students from low-income homes who are reading, writing, and/or spelling below grade level. Tutors provide students with free one-on-one phonics instruction twice a week using Orton Gillingham methodology and the Wilson Reading System.

Youth Literacy tutors receives 28 hours of training before they are assigned a student. The training includes a practicum during which the trainee evaluates a student, and then teaches five consecutive multi-sensory lessons under the supervision of a practicum tutor. The course is taught by a team of experienced trainers who present such topics as the definition and characteristics of dyslexia; the history and principles of Orton-Gillingham; phonological awareness; phonology (including sounds, syllable types and spelling rules); screening instruments and procedures; sight words; cursive handwriting; phonics games and activities; decoding, fluency and comprehension; vocabulary; written expression and advocacy. Wilson(r) materials guide the lesson planning process.

Tutors’ Responsibilities

Upon satisfactory completion of the training course, trainees are assigned a student and commit to provide that student at least 60 free individualized literacy lessons. Tutoring usually takes place twice a week - some tutors see their children more frequently - at the child’s school during the school day. Lessons last about 50 minutes. Tutors may borrow phonetically controlled books and other materials from the Literacy Council library and are encouraged to call the project director or their practicum supervisor for advice. The project director and/or a practicum supervisor observe each trainee in the course of his or her tutoring. The trainee administers pre and post testing in phonological awareness, rapid naming, fluency, comprehension and spelling.

We are currently offering our training on line.

Please follow this link to volunteer with us: https://litcouncil.com/volunteer-roles/become-a-volunteer/

Or you can send us an email to laura@litcouncil.com

Watch our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grkhTd492TI

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About Literacy Council of Buncombe County


31 College St., Building B. Suite 221, Asheville, NC 28801, US

Mission Statement

To increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors.


The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches individuals basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through individual and small group instruction by trained tutors. Students, young and old, gain self-confidence and develop self-sufficiency to transform their lives as individuals, parents/children, workers/students, and citizens.

Success comes from the trusted bond that develops between our instructors and our students. The Literacy Council, a non-profit organization accredited by ProLiteracy America and serving the community since 1987, provides highly individualized tutoring to fit the needs of over 300 students in three programs - Adult Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and the Augustine Project.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


31 College PlaceSuite B-221Asheville, NC 28801


  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • English




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 28 hours of training
  • Minimum of 60 free individualized lessons of 50 minutes over the course of the school year

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