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Become a Volunteer at Literacy Pittsburgh

Make a Difference at Literacy Pittsburgh

Volunteers are the core of our program. They bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and provide the opportunity for our students to make profound changes in their lives.   

Our greatest need is volunteer tutors to meet with adult students one-to-one or in small groups. On average, 200 students are waiting for someone like 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!

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As a Literacy Pittsburgh tutor, you will

  • Teach an adult reading, writing and math or English language skills
  • Attend a free two-part training prior to tutoring
  • Commit to working with your student for at least six months
  • Teach twice a week for one to two hours each time
  • Have or be working toward 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

Becoming a Literacy Pittsburgh volunteer allows you to meet inspiring people with diverse experiences and grounds you with a sense of purpose. You will have an opportunity for personal and professional growth. You will see firsthand the impact of your actions.

If teaching is not a fit for you, there are many other ways you can help. 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 with friends and family as a fundraising volunteer. Click here to find out more about these and other volunteer opportunities, including Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring and Compass AmeriCorps.

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: Karen
“My experience as a tutor opened my eyes to how hard people will work to achieve goals. My students are fathers, and they work to make their families lives better by bringing them here, by working seven days a week, and by attending tutoring sessions after working all day so they could deal with teachers, doctors, landlords, and grocery store clerks.  Seeing their efforts, talking about their challenges, I see that immigrants are so good for this country.”
Photo of Volunteer Spotlight: Karen

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