Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring Opportunities

Literacy Tutor

Description
Tutor an adult student or group of adult students twice a week for 2 hours each session. Materials and support are provided. Tutoring sessions are conducted in a public place.

When
Mutually convenient time for students and tutor

Time Commitment
4 hours per week for a 6-month period 

Training Required
Attend a 6-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a 3-hour training in tutoring Adult Basic Education students.

Literacy Tutor ESL

Description
Tutor an adult student or group of adult students twice a week for 2 hours each session. Materials and support are provided. Tutoring sessions are conducted in a public place.

When
Mutually convenient time for students and tutor 

Time Commitment
4 hours per week for a 6-month period

Training Required
Attend a 6-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a 3-hour training in tutoring English as a Second Language students.

Classroom Aide

Description
Assist a classroom teacher in helping students learn English or prepare for the high school equivalency exams.

When
Monday through Thursday (Classes meet in the morning, afternoon, or evenings)

Time Commitment 
2.5 hours per week.

Training Required
Attend a 6-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a 3-hour training in tutoring English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education students.

Literacy Intern

Description
Tutor adult students in English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education, assist with organizational tasks in an area office location, and lead an individual project in an area such as technology, development, outreach, or communications. 

When
Mutually convenient time.

Time Commitment
Credit and non-credit internships are available for fall, spring, and summer terms. Commitment is a minimum of 4 hours a week, with exact hours dependent upon your program requirements.

Training Required
Attend a 6-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a 3-hour training in tutoring English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education students.

Non-Tutoring Opportunities

Workplace Skills Mentor

Description
Work one-to-one with one of Literacy Pittsburgh’s students to complete online job applications, practice interview skills, or discuss American workplace skills and culture.

When 
Mutually convenient time for students and mentor.

Time Commitment
Varies

Training
None. Materials and support provided by Literacy Pittsburgh.

Classroom Conversation Partners

Description
We welcome corporate or civic groups to help our English as a Second Language students practice their speaking and listening skills. A group of 5-10 volunteers is best. Sessions are scheduled periodically on a first come, first served basis throughout the year.

When
Ongoing

Time Commitment
Two hours on a weekday afternoon

Training Required
Volunteers will receive background information and tips for success prior to the session. The instructor will discuss the class activity and answer questions upon your group’s arrival. 

Fundraising Volunteer

Description
Literacy Pittsburgh’s programs are offered free of charge to students due to the generosity of local individuals, foundations and corporations. Please consider sharing your passion for literacy with friends, colleagues and family. As a fundraising volunteer, you could recruit your company as a Leaders for Literacy Luncheon sponsor, organize an event to benefit Literacy Pittsburgh, start a crowdfunding page, or serve on a committee. The possibilities are endless, and your creativity is welcomed!

When
Ongoing

Time Commitment 
Varies

Training Required 
None. Materials and support provided by Literacy Pittsburgh.

Volunteer Spotlight: Milton
“As a tutor, I’ve realized that how much the personal and academic are intertwined for students. You can’t give your full attention to a word problem if you are worried about rent money, and you can’t meet the criteria for a new job if you can’t respond to an emailed question without making mistakes in writing. It’s an especially important reminder to me because I went straight through my school, got a teaching job and stayed there for 37 years. How “boring” that is compared to the journeys of many of my students!”
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