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 or understand another language to tutor.

A: No, we will train you!

A: Tutoring involves a bit of a time commitment:

  • 45 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 to tutor 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 each week.
  • 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: No fee for tutor or learner!

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

Steps to become a tutor

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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