Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring Opportunities

Literacy Tutor

Description
Tutor an adult student or group of adult students twice a week for two hours each session. Materials and support are provided. Tutoring sessions are conducted in a public place.

When
Mutually convenient time for students and tutor

Time Commitment
Four hours per week for at least six months.

Training Required
Attend a six-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a 3-hour training in tutoring Adult Basic Education or English as a Second Language students.

Classroom Aide

Description
Assist a classroom teacher in helping students learn English or prepare for the high school equivalency exams.

When
Monday through Thursday. Classes meet in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

Time Commitment 
2.5 hours per week.

Training Required
Attend a six-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a three-hour training in tutoring English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education students.

Literacy Intern

Description
Tutor adult students in English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education, assist with organizational tasks in an area office location, and lead an individual project in an area of your choosing such as technology, development, outreach, or communications. 

When
Mutually convenient time for students and intern.

Time Commitment
Credit and non-credit internships are available. Hours dependent upon your program requirements, with a four hour per week minimum to be completed over a 3-6 month internship period.

Training Required
Attend a six-hour workshop on teaching adults, followed by a three-hour training in tutoring English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education students.

Non-Tutoring Opportunities

Career Transitions Volunteer

Description
Work one-to-one with an adult student to complete online job applications, practice interview skills, research postsecondary education options, apply for college and financial aid, or discuss American workplace skills and culture.

When 
Mutually convenient time for student and volunteer.

Time Commitment
Varies

Training
None. Materials and support provided by Literacy Pittsburgh.

Classroom Conversation Partners

Description
We welcome corporate or civic groups to help our English as a Second Language students practice their speaking and listening skills. A group of 5-10 volunteers is best. Sessions are scheduled periodically on a first come, first served basis throughout the year.

When
Ongoing

Time Commitment
Two hours on a weekday.

Training Required
Volunteers will receive background information and tips for success prior to the session. The instructor will discuss the class activity and answer questions prior to the session.

Fundraising Volunteer

Description
Literacy Pittsburgh’s programs are offered free of charge to students due to the generosity of local individuals, foundations and corporations. Please consider sharing your passion for literacy with friends, colleagues and family. As a fundraising volunteer, you could recruit your company as a Leaders for Literacy Luncheon sponsor, organize an event to benefit Literacy Pittsburgh, start a crowdfunding page, or serve on a committee. The possibilities are endless, and your creativity is welcomed!

When
Open.

Time Commitment 
Varies.

Training Required 
None. Materials and support provided by Literacy Pittsburgh.

Other Opportunities

Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring

Description

Volunteers age 50 and older work one-to-one with a child in K-4 in Pittsburgh Public, Wilkinsburg or Woodland Hills school districts to help build reading skills, self-esteem and a positive attitude toward learning.

When

30-45 minutes per week during school hours.

Time Commitment

September through June.

Training Required

Attend a twelve-hour training.

Compass AmeriCorps

Description

Compass AmeriCorps members strengthen area nonprofits by providing full-time social services support and English language instruction to newly resettled refugees, immigrants and international populations.

When

September through July.

Time Commitment

Members serve 1700 hours over eleven months.

Training Required

Attend a weeklong program orientation, followed by semi-monthly trainings on relevant topics. Members will also receive ongoing professional development at their service sites.

Volunteer Spotlight: Keerstan
“What has been most meaningful to me as a tutor is how exhilarating and fulfilling it is when you see a student learn. When they want to learn about a topic that directly affects their life and finally they have that lightbulb moment of understanding. It’s an incredible thing to witness. It’s such a happy feeling for you and for them. You know that you helped them and that they are making progress. It’s just fantastic!”
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