Volunteer Opportunity: Adult Literacy Program of Los Angeles Public Library

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July 01, 2019

Our program helps English-speaking adults, who are at least 19 years old and no longer in high school, improve their basic literacy skills. Tutoring sessions and classes are held during library hours at a Literacy Center or a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system.  Tutoring in a private home, public place, or a non-LAPL library is not permitted.

Tutorial opportunities include one-on-one tutors, English Conversation Class teachers, and walk-in tutors. 
  • One-on-One Tutors: Each volunteer tutor is assigned one adult learner with whom they meet twice per week for one and a half hours per session for a minimum of six months. Tutors receive teachers’ manuals and free workbooks for the students.  Students are interviewed and assessed prior to being matched with a tutor.
  • English Conversation Class Teachers: Volunteers are assigned to instruct a once-weekly, ninety-minute group class.  We ask our volunteer teachers to commit to a minimum of four months. Volunteers help English-learning adults build confidence, language skills, and cultural knowledge needed to be successful.
  • Walk-In Tutors: Volunteers will assist a diverse group of learners, each solo, for 15-20 minutes in a single two-hour volunteer session, assisting with various issues such as understanding a piece of mail, practicing English Conversation, reading comprehension, filling out forms, etc.

If a potential volunteer tutor is interested in pursuing a learner/tutor match, please provide Lisa Sprinkles (contact information below) with the best days and times they are available for an adult literacy learner interview. 

Download information sheet here.

Lisa Sprinkles, Adult Literacy Coordinator 
213-228-7037 x 140
Lisa Sprinkles, Adult Literacy Coordinator
lsprinkles@lapl.org, 213-228-7037 x 140