The mission of Literacy Advance is to transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.
Volunteer tutors lead small groups of adults in either basic literacy (reading and writing focus) or learning English (speaking and listening focus).
Adults in English classes are placed according to their ability level, to form groups of around 5 - 10. Volunteer tutors do NOT need to speak another language to be an English tutor as we strongly encourage all classes to be conducted in English. This program is known as ESL (English as a Second Language).
Basic literacy classes are for native English speakers who need help with their basic reading and writing skills. These classes are generally taught one-on-one. This program is known as ABE (Adult Basic Education).
Literacy Advance offers classes at many sites throughout Houston, so tutors are often be able to volunteer near their home or workplace. As always, the tutor determines his or her own schedule, including tutoring days and start date.
Literacy Advance of Houston is a great place to volunteer. They are highly organized and appreciative. It really feels good to be part of this organization - working (and having fun) with the staff, students and other volunteers.
Volunteering as an ESL tutor with Literacy Advance is extremely rewarding because it offers the chance to directly improve lives. My students have benefitted from my instruction, and I have benefitted from their courage and positive outlook as well as learning about different cultures. The training and support are exemplary, and working with these adult students has been FUN!
The emotional payoff you get from helpng someone do something you do so simply and naturally, speaking English and reading and writing, is fantastic! Literacy Advance of Houston makes it easy, comfortable, and convenient to volunteer, and the learners will inspire you at every interaction. Being involved with this incredible group of people has enriched my life in so many ways, and every other volunteer I've encountered here expresses the same opinion.
I have volunteered with many different organizations and Literacy Advance is by far the best! For the past three years, I have been tutoring ESL classes and leading trainings for new tutors. Literacy Advance classes are free to students. Because of this, they are so appreciative and grateful to the tutors. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to see them improve as they learn new vocabulary and gain confidence in English. What makes Literacy Advance exceptionally, though, is the support the volunteers receive from the staff. From the fantastic training session to the everyday communications and announcements, the staff ensures that volunteers are equipped to be great tutors, even if it is their first time in a tutoring role. I highly recommend Literacy Advance. Volunteering with them is a wonderful experience. Seeing a student get a new job or get their driver's license because of the English skills they have gained in your class is unforgettable!
I have been involved with Literacy Advance of Houston for 12 years and it gets better every year. With marvelous & enthusiastic staff and volunteers, lives are being changed. New English speakers and new readers learn to venture into our community and improve their lives and the lives of their families - in the process the improve Houston as well. I have been a tutor which is so much fun and so interesting. I have also trained new tutors so that more people can be helped. I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone with an interest to contact Literacy Advance and get involved.