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Current Tutor Needs

tutor needsWe need YOU! It's almost fall and things are getting busier... can you help?

To volunteer, or for further information on any of these needs, please contact our Volunteer Manager: 713.266.8777 or tutor@literacyadvance.org.

Below are our current volunteer tutor needs. Click on any heading to be taken to a longer description, or scroll down the page to see more.

Special Request: Substitute Tutors

Planning for the Holidays

please notice thisAs we get closer to the holiday period, we expect an increase in the number of substitute requests from tutors. We want to make every effort to keep classes running smoothly; it matters so much for learning that lessons continue without interruption.

Therefore, we have two requests:

1. If you're able to help as a substitute tutor over the coming few months, please get in touch! If you know you'll be in town and can help some students keep going with their learning, it will be so much appreciated. Get in touch with Heather if you're available for Wilcrest substituting, Khushboo for Outreach, Enedina for Bay Area, or Maxine if you're not sure yet.

2. If you're going to need a substitute for your class, please give us as much notice as possible. Sometimes it can be a challenge for us to find a substitute, particularly at short notice, so please look ahead in your calendar and let us know as soon as possible if you're going to miss a class.

Thank you very much for your help!

Wilcrest - ABE CLasses

Morning, afternoon, & evening tutors needed

abe classNeeded by: Ongoing need

Some of our waiting ABE students are getting discouraged. They so much want to learn, but have been waiting for a long time. Could you help a student start a class?

Current room availability:
Monday mornings
Monday evenings
Tuesday mornings
Tuesday afternoons
Tuesday evenings
Wednesday mornings
Wednesday afternoons
Wednesday evenings
Thursday mornings
Thursday afternoons
Thursday evenings
Friday mornings
Saturday mornings
Saturday afternoons

Highest priority (we have more than 50 students waiting at these times!): Monday mornings, Monday evenings, Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Thursday evenings, Friday mornings, Saturday mornings, Saturday afternoons.

Time commitment:
12 weeks (24 x 2-hour lessons)
OR
16 weeks (16 x 3-hour lessons)

If you’re a trained Literacy Advance tutor and you think you can help, please contact Heather, the Wilcrest Program Manager.

If you want to help but have not yet been trained at Literacy Advance, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

Wilcrest - ESL Classes

Morning, afternoon, & evening tutors needed

esl classNeeded by: Ongoing need

We want to help a record number of students at Wilcrest over 2016! Could you help some students start a class this fall?

Current room availability:
Monday mornings
Monday afternoons
Monday evenings
Tuesday mornings
Tuesday evenings
Wednesday afternoons
Wednesday evenings
Thursday afternoons
Thursday evenings
Friday mornings
Saturday mornings
Saturday afternoons

Highest priority (we have more than 130 students waiting at these times!): Monday mornings, Tuesday mornings, Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, Wednesday evenings, Thursday evenings, Friday mornings, Saturday mornings, Saturday afternoons

Time commitment:
12 weeks (24 x 2-hour lessons)
OR
16 weeks (16 x 3-hour lessons)

If you’re a trained Literacy Advance tutor and you think you can help, please contact Heather, the Wilcrest Program Manager.

If you want to help but have not yet been trained at Literacy Advance, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

Wilcrest - Document Help, Online Help

Morning, afternoon, & evening tutors needed

Needed by: Ongoing need

wilcrest computerAdults with limited literacy or English skills still have to function in the world. Documents and forms – whether online or in paper format – can be really baffling to someone struggling to understand written English. It’s not an option to just push the form aside and not deal with it, but many of our students don’t have anywhere to go for help. That’s where this role comes in.

When a student is having trouble with an online form (often a job application) or an important document of another type (such as a school report card, official letters, DPS paperwork, and much more) we want to be able to provide confidential one-on-one help for that student. We need volunteers willing to meet with a student at Literacy Advance and help them learn how to complete an online form, or fill out other paperwork. Most meetings last one hour or less.

Read a full role description here.

Time commitment: Flexible

If you’re a trained Literacy Advance tutor and you think you can help, please contact Diana, the Transition Coach.

If you want to help but have not yet been trained at Literacy Advance, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

Wilcrest - Computer Coach

Morning, afternoon, & evening tutors needed

Needed by: Ongoing need

wilcrest computer coach roleMany students come to Literacy Advance with little or no experience of using a computer. Some want to master specific basic skills, such as setting up and using an email account, using Office software, or browsing the internet; others want to become familiar with certain software, practice English or reading online, or other activities.

We hold classes on computer-related topics, but also want to offer students extra support and some flexible and personal assistance, where they can have guidance and help with their questions in a more casual environment.

Read a full role description here.

Time commitment: Flexible

If you’re a trained Literacy Advance tutor and you think you can help, please contact Diana, the Transition Coach.

If you want to help but have not yet been trained at Literacy Advance, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

ALL SITES - Substitute Tutors

Outreach, Bay Area, Wilcrest

outreach eslNeeded by: Ongoing need

Sometimes tutors need to miss a class.  Sometimes this is last-minute, in an emergency; other times we know in advance and can plan. Either way, we need substitutes ready to step in and help ensure that classes continue without interruption.

Substitute tutors can say NO at any time! Being a substitute means you're on a list to be called if necessary. When we call, if the time, date, or location we need doesn't suit you, just tell us, and we'll call the next person.

The regular tutor usually will provide a lesson plan, or we can help you pre-plan class activities.

We are trying to grow our substitute list for all our sites - our Outreach partners, our Bay Area campus, and our Wilcrest campus.

If you want to help in this very important way, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

Wilcrest - Communication at Work Classes

3-week commitment; 12 hours of tutoring

conversationNeeded by: Ongoing

Many students want to improve their communication and soft skills in the workplace. Our Communication at Work classes help students improve their English communication and soft skills for employment, using a great DVD-based resource. Can you help?

Time commitment: 3 weeks (6 x 2-hour lessons)

Read a role description for this volunteer opportunity.

If you’re a trained Literacy Advance tutor and you think you can help, please contact Diana, the Literacy Advance Transition Coach.

If you want to help but have not yet been trained at Literacy Advance, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

NOTE: We’re planning to start more Communication at Work classes throughout the year. If you’re interested in tutoring these classes but you're not available right now, please contact Diana anyway so we can start planning the next Communication at Work classes!

Wilcrest - Supplemental Classes

Morning, afternoon, & evening tutors needed

substituteNeeded by: Throughout 2016

We have a robust schedule of supplemental classes at Literacy Advance, designed to add extra detail or focus on different skill areas than regular classes.

Supplemental classes are of shorter duration - between 1 and 8 lessons is usual - so can be a great option for a volunteer who can't commit to a 48-hour class session over 12 or 16 weeks.

Topics include resume-writing, conversation for English learners, computer literacy, and more.

Tutors needed right now for: Resume Classes, and Basic Computer Classes

Classes take place:
Monday - Saturday (various start times available)

Time commitment:
Very flexible! Tell us your availability and we'll start from there.

If you’re a trained Literacy Advance tutor and you think you can help with a supplemental class, please contact Diana, the Transition Coach.

If you want to help but have not yet been trained at Literacy Advance, please start by contacting Maxine, our Volunteer Manager.

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