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Requirements for Tutoring at Literacy Advance

We try to keep requirements to a minimum, but here's what we need of new volunteer tutors:

1. Complete New Tutor Training at Literacy Advance (approximately 6 hours - training is free and is scheduled regularly).

2. Be 18 years of age (or older), OR be between 16 and 18, and willing to co-tutor with my parent or guardian (who must also complete the tutor training).

3. Speak, read, write and understand English well enough to communicate clearly.

4. Be willing to fulfill any tutoring commitment made, as far as is possible, and make all efforts to ensure that disruptions to the class schedule are kept to a minimum. Attend scheduled classes regularly, arrive on time, stay for the complete lesson time, and as far as is possible, communicate with Literacy Advance staff in advance of any absence or lateness.

5. Follow all Literacy Advance class policies, including class set-up and attendance policies, keeping accurate class attendance records and not allowing attendance by any student who is not an official member of the class.

6. Use the curriculum and other resources provided by Literacy Advance for  class planning and follow Literacy Advance guidelines and policies regarding class content and lesson planning. Respond to reasonable learning needs and requests of the learner(s), as far as is possible.

7. Agree to return all borrowed resources and other materials in a timely manner.

8. Have no record of a violent crime, and not be on parole or probation for a crime of any type, violent or otherwise. Be willing to undergo a Criminal Background Check (at no cost to volunteer).

9. Demonstrate behavior appropriate to working with learners, understanding that Literacy Advance may dismiss volunteers for any of the following behaviors:
- Disrespect or insensitivity to learners, staff or other agency partners;
- Use of offensive language, including language on clothing;
- Harassment (any behavior perceived as offensive, after being asked to stop);
- Disruptive, threatening or aggressive behavior;
- Possession of a weapon; or
- Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on site.

10. Respect Literacy Advance policies of non-discrimination at all times.

11. Maintain learner privacy by not disclosing ANY personal information, including names, personal details and learning progress, about any students, to any outside person or agency. Understand that confidentiality is very important to Literacy Advance and respect learner privacy at all times.

12. Agree to meet at an authorized tutoring site, and not organize tutoring sessions to take place in either the volunteer's home or in the home of a student, or at any other unauthorized location.

13. Be able to get to the tutoring site without assistance from the program or a student, and understand that volunteers may not ride with, or offer a ride to, students to or from class.

14. Understand that Literacy Advance does not offer childcare, and not bring children to the office.

15. Agree not to date a learner, or enter into any business relationship with a learner, while a tutor.

16. Agree not to accept gifts above approximately $25 in value from learners, and not give money, or goods above approximately $25 in value, to learners.

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