When you give an adult the gift of learning English, that power ripples through the community — uplifting the individual, energizing families, and igniting the spirit of a neighborhood.

Commonly asked questions about tutoring:

A: Yes, we require both tutors and learners to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and require proof of vaccination.

A: Mostly, you need time and heart. Plus:

  • Be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or greater.
  • Live in DuPage County.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak, read, write, and understand English to communicate clearly at a native proficiency.
  • Be sensitive to the adult learner and other cultures. Be patient, dependable, friendly, and optimistic. Be interested in helping others, respectful of confidentiality, and enthusiastic about empowering adults through literacy.

A: No, you do not need to speak another language to tutor.

A: No, we will train you!

A: Tutoring does involve a time commitment. Here’s what you can expect, from attending a Meet & Greet, to training, to ongoing tutoring:

  • 60 minutes for an initial volunteer Meet & Greet session
  • 15 hours of tutor training
  • Minimum of two in-service workshops each year
  • Minimum commitment of six months of tutoring your adult learner for two hours per week

A: Here’s what we ask of Literacy DuPage tutors:

  • Meet with your learner regularly and punctually.
  • Prepare each lesson to meet your learner’s goals and life-skills needs, integrating his/her special interests.
  • Set up an assessment meeting after every 35 hours of tutoring.
  • Submit volunteer hours online on a quarterly basis.
  • Contact program staff for support at any time. We look forward to assisting you!

A: The volunteer Meet & Greet and training are free.

Become a tutor. You’re just three steps from a life-changing volunteer opportunity.

Steps to become a tutor

Step 1. Register online for a volunteer Meet & Greet. Or call our office at 630-942-5210 and ask for Ana. She will confirm your registration or schedule a phone Meet & Greet. During the Meet & Greet, you will learn more about Literacy DuPage’s tutoring program, after which you can register for training. We hold these 60-minute informational sessions twice each month. Here is the schedule of upcoming Meet & Greet sessions:

WEBINAR via Zoom

December 9, 2021 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WEBINAR via Zoom

December 11, 2021 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

WEBINAR via Zoom

January 11, 2022 – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

WEBINAR via Zoom

January 22, 2022 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

WEBINAR via Zoom

February 3, 2022 – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

WEBINAR via Zoom

February 19, 2022 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Phone Meet & Greet

On a date and time that work for you!

To schedule, please contact us at 630-942-5210 or [email protected].

Step 2. Reserve your spot in our training program by completing and returning your registration packet. We conduct training regularly, so you can choose the training series that’s most convenient for you. The full, 15-hour training program is a time commitment, but this instruction will give you all the tools and information that you need to support a learner. You will be in a cohort of other beginning tutors – just like you.

Step 3. Meet your adult learner. Part-way through your training experience, you will be matched with a learner, so you can start making a difference right away. Plan on two hours per week with your student from that point.

Beyond tutoring, here are other ways you can get involved with Literacy DuPage:

  • Take photos of Literacy DuPage in action
  • Donate design, printing, and other services
  • Invite us to meet with your company, organization, club, or place of worship
  • Secure sponsorships for our work
  • Invite individuals to donate
  • Recruit other volunteers
  • Serve on a committee or join our board of directors

Interested? Contact us to offer your time and talent to Literacy DuPage.

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