Escondido Public Library - Become a Literacy Tutor - volunteer

Become a Literacy Tutor

We need volunteers to assist English-speaking adults who want to improve their
reading, writing, math or basic technology skills.

FAQ for Tutors

What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?
Volunteer tutors must speak and write English, be at least 18 years old, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Tutors must have patience, a sense of humor, flexibility, and the ability to work with a diverse population. 

Do I need previous tutoring experience to become a tutor?
You do not need to have previous tutoring experience. Literacy staff will provide training and ongoing support to assist you in your tutoring experience. We provide assessment in learner skill levels before matching individuals with tutors. Resources and materials will be available to you as well as refresher training and tutoring tips and techniques.

Who are the learners?
Learners are English speaking adults, 18 years or older, who may either be native speakers or have English as a second language. Many are employed, have families, are deeply invested in their children's education, and are capable of succeeding in life.

What kind of commitment do I have to make?
We ask for a commitment of at least one year. Tutoring sessions are 1 1/2 hours, twice a week for a total of 3 hours per week. Tutors and learners communicate with each other to arrange the days and times for their sessions.

Where will I tutor?
Tutoring space is provided at the library and the Literacy Learning Center. Computer literacy is provided at the Mathes Center Computer Lab, and Literacy Learning Center. In some instances, appointments to reserve a tutoring space may be necessary.

How long do students remain in the program?
Program services are focused around the learners' objectives. There is no time limit to how long a student is enrolled in the program. Tutors and learners are periodically interviewed to assess progress and review learners' goals and objectives. Students may be referred to other programs to advance their education once they have achieved basic literacy proficiency.

Are you interested in becoming a tutor?

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We also need volunteers to help with the following tasks:

  • Help staff with literacy programs and events.
  • Provide assistance with computers and online learning.
  • Office assistance, including answering phones and organizing resources in the Literacy Learning Center.

For more information about literacy volunteer opportunities,
please call 760-839-5440.