Many volunteers want to tutor a student one-on-one. We also have volunteer opportunities to assist in the computer lab or in a small group class or the office. We also have short-term opportunities to help with Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Career Development.
Volunteers who work directly with students must be 18 years or older, pass a background check and participate in literacy training. This includes tutors, computer lab assistants, and small group leaders. More information on tutoring can be found HERE. Small group teachers preferably have prior teaching experience. These positions also require a high school diploma or equivalency.
Adult students who attend classes at the Literacy Alliance are over the age of 16, represent all races and genders, and come from all economic and social backgrounds. They may have completed high school or left before graduation, but they did not acquire the literacy and comprehension skills they need to be successful.
Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida provides all volunteers with 10 hours of free training. Additional training and professional development opportunities are made available throughout the year at no cost to you to enrich your skills. A wide variety of teaching materials is available in our office for your use.
We suggest that a tutor meet with their adult learner at least once or twice a week for 1 – 1½ hours per session. Maintaining this time commitment is important in helping the student acquire his/her skills as quickly as possible. We ask tutors to consider making a commitment for at least 6 months.
Once you have completed your training, a Literacy Alliance staff member will either contact you as soon as we have an adult learner who matches your preferences and availability or send you a link to the Current Literacy Alliance Tutor Requests, so that you can find a student that matches your preferences and availability. Then, we help you connect with that student for your first meeting. Most tutors are able to get started within a few weeks of completing tutor training.
No. All textbooks and materials are in English, and you are teaching English language skills. The majority of adult learners served by us are native speakers of English.
In public locations, such as libraries, churches, community centers, schools, and business places.
Please complete the Online Tutor Interest Form available on this site, and we will promptly send you an email with the next steps. You may also contact our office at 904-238-9000, or email any inquiries to our Volunteer Coordinator. Tutors are required to attend a Volunteer Information Session, complete a Tutor Registration Form, complete on-line and in-person volunteer training, and successfully complete a background check. We discuss the requirements in detail and answer any questions at a Volunteer Information Session.
The 2020 Volunteer Information Sessions are held in the Literacy Alliance’s office located in the duPont Center at 40 E. Adams St. The Information Session is about one hour.
Friday, August 14 @ 8:30 – 9:30 am, Online, Please contact the volunteer coordinator for meeting instructions.
Wednesday, August 26, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Online, Please contact the volunteer coordinator for meeting instructions.
Friday, September 11, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Room LL42 (coffee/donuts)
Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Room LL42
Friday, October 9, @ noon, Room LL43 (light lunch)
Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Room LL42
Friday, November 6, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Room LL42 (coffee/donuts)
Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Room LL42
Friday, December 4, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Room LL42 (coffee/donuts)
*Note: Please contact the Literacy Alliance at 904-238-9000 to confirm the schedule.
*Tutor Training is online at present. Please contact the volunteer coordinator for instructions.
The 2020 Volunteer Training Sessions are held in the Literacy Alliance’s office located in the duPont Center at 40 E. Adams St, Room LL39. The Training Session is 4 hours.
Saturday, August 22@ 10:00 am – Changed to Online Tutor Training, self-paced
Saturday, September 19 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, October 17@ 10:00 am
Saturday, November 21 @10:00 am
*Note: Please contact Literacy Alliance at 904-238-9000 to confirm the schedule.