Literacy Council in Need of Tutors

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Literacy Council is in need of volunteer tutors to be matched with adults seeking to improve their reading skills or their ability to speak and read English. The Literacy Council currently has a waiting list of more than thirty adults who want to work with a tutor. Many adult learners come into The Literacy Council as dislocated workers with goals of obtaining and keeping a job, communicating with their physicians, helping their children and grandchildren with homework, and gaining a sense of independence. Our tutors help the learners achieve these goals by assisting them with phonics, reading comprehension, and writing.

To become a tutor, you must:
• be over the age of 18
• have a high school diploma or GED
• possess good communication skills
• have flexibility and patience
• have the willingness to meet with a student for two hours a week for a minimum of one year

At each New Tutor Workshop, volunteers learn techniques for teaching reading and English as a Second Language to adults. After attendance at the workshop, tutors will be matched with a learner for one-on-one instruction for two hours each week for a minimum of one year. Tutors can work with a learner in Rockford, Belvidere, or Loves Park.

Anyone who wants to become a volunteer tutor for adults is invited to sign up for The Literacy Council’s FREE Tutor Workshop series. The next Tutor Workshop series will run Tuesday and Thursday afternoons on October 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, and 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the North Suburban District Library, 6340 N. 2nd Street, Loves Park. Registration for the Tutor Workshop is required.

Individuals interested in volunteering their time to share the joy of reading with an adult may visit to choose a workshop series that fits their schedule and download a registration form. Or, they may call The Literacy Council today at 815-963-READ.

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