Volunteer reading tutors needed

Help children in grades K-4 in the Pittsburgh area improve their reading skills and self-confidence as a volunteer literacy tutor.


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You can help a child flourish this school year. Oasis Tutoring pairs volunteers age 50 or older with children in one of five Pittsburgh-area districts: Duquesne City School District, the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Wilkinsburg School District, and the Woodland Hills School District.

One child, one tutor, one school year. Two lives forever changed.

As an Oasis volunteer, you will tutor children in grades K-4 who have been identified by classroom teachers as needing extra support in reading. No teaching experience is required. Your enthusiasm, patience, and compassion are far more important!  As an Oasis tutor you will:

  • Complete twelve hours of free training where you will learn ways to draw on a child's experiences to create simple stories that form the basis for reading activities. All materials are provided free of charge.
  • Meet with your child one-on-one each week during the school day for 30-45 minutes.
  • Participate in additional learning opportunities throughout the year. You will have a chance to meet fellow tutors and learn tips and techniques to make your volunteer tutoring experience a rewarding one.

Oasis Tutoring provides a proven approach to help children read at grade level. For nearly two decades, Oasis Tutoring has consistently improved reading ability, academic performance, and attitudes about learning. Your student will cherish the time you spend together. Your kindness will be remembered for years to come.

Training for this tutoring opportunity is offered throughout the year. Registration is required. Call 412-393-7648 or click the button below.

Oasis is a national organization based in St. Louis that is dedicated to successful aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. Literacy Pittsburgh has managed the local Oasis Tutoring program since 2013.

Oasis Tutor Spotlight: Lynne
"If you enjoy children, take the leap because it is very rewarding!” Lynne recently celebrated 15 years as an Oasis tutor. Her favorite lesson features the book "Have You Seen the Trees. " Lynne explains, “I bring in leaves and we talk about their favorite picture from the book and they write why they like it.” She loves seeing how the children react when you figure out what they need and then work on that skill.
Photo of Oasis Tutor Spotlight: Lynne

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