Volunteer tutoring in Pittsburgh

Meet inspiring people with diverse experiences, grow as a person, and make a difference in someone’s life.


Volunteer and student hold a tutoring session

    Volunteering as an adult literacy tutor gives you the chance to see firsthand the impact of your actions. Every day, an average of 200 students are waiting for someone just like you. You don't need to have teaching experience and you don't need to speak a foreign language. Your enthusiasm, patience and compassion are far more important.

    As a Literacy Pittsburgh tutor, you will:

    • Teach an adult reading, writing and math or English language skills one-to-one or in a small group.
    • Attend a free two-part training prior to volunteering
    • Commit to working with your student for at least six months
    • Teach twice a week for one to two hours each time
    • Have a four-year degree*
    • Meet your student at times and in places convenient to both of you**
    • Receive full support from a staff member assigned to you
    • Have opportunities for coaching and additional training
    • Make a difference in someone’s life!


    If teaching is not a fit for you, there are many other ways you can become a literacy volunteer. You can work with a student on completing online job applications, applying for college, or understanding workplace expectations. You can also organize a group of friends or co-workers to help English language learners practice their skills through Classroom Conversation Partners. Or, share your passion for literacy education with friends and family as a fundraising volunteer. Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring and Compass AmeriCorps are also programs to consider as you are looking for volunteering opportunities in Pittsburgh. Learn more.

    * This requirement is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education effective July 1, 2011. A copy of the degree or transcript will be required before a tutor can be matched with a student(s). Classroom aides do not require a four-year degree.

    ** Most tutoring is still taking place virtually due to COVID-19. Tutors and students are free to meet in person if agreeable to both and if current CDC and County protocols are followed.

    Volunteer Spotlight: Anson
    “Literacy Pittsburgh’s initial tutor training was an excellent crash course in how to become prepared to serve as a tutor. All sorts of exercises and methods were covered effectively and really allowed me to hit the ground running, even with no prior experience. Additionally, my coordinators have been wonderful, providing excellent advice, suggestions, and guidance along the way. You never feel as if you're alone as a tutor with Literacy Pittsburgh.”
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