Volunteer tutors make our work possible. We welcome you to inquire about joining our team of talented tutors! Below you will find information about becoming a tutor. For more information, give us a call at (414) 344-5878 or email volunteer@literacyservices.org.

What does it take to be a tutor?

Each of us has our own set of unique skills, but not all of us have the combination of skills needed to be an effective tutor. We use a matching process to determine if someone would be a good fit. The first step is to begin to evaluate your skills, abilities, and interests to see if they match the qualifications we seek in tutors. Use the following questions to gauge if you are a good candidate for tutoring:

  • Are you 18 years of age or older and have some college experience?
  • Are you able to commit to tutoring for at least one 90 minute session a week for a period of 6 months?
  • Are you able to explain things using simplified language?
  • Are you patient, compassionate, supportive, enthusiastic, and reliable?
  • Are you able to follow directions to ensure consistency of instruction?
  • Do you have a valid email address and regular email access?

How do I apply?

In order to start tutoring, volunteers are required to first complete:

  1. A 60-minute volunteer orientation
  2. A 90-minute tutor observation
  3. Training in desired program area of choice

Training requirements for each program vary:

Adult Basic Education: Varies by sub-program; minimum of one 1.5-hour training, with additional training opportunities for interested volunteers.

English Language Learning (ELL): One 1.5-hour training

GED Preparation: One 2-hour training

Use the link below to apply to attend a volunteer orientation. You will be contacted shortly to confirm your inquiry and schedule a volunteer orientation. Upcoming volunteer orientations are listed in our Events Calendar.

Apply Today!