Become A Tutor

If you are passionate about literacy and interested in making a meaningful difference in someone’s life, consider volunteering as a tutor.

Tutors must be at least 18 years old, live in the state of Illinois, and have earned a high school diploma or GED. No previous teaching experience is required. Tutors are required to participate in a training workshop before being paired with a student.

Tutors are asked to commit to two hours a week, at the time and a public location of their choice. Tutoring sessions can take place virtually or in person. In-person locations may include the public library, coffee shops, or the YWCA Literacy Council learning center.

If you are interested in volunteering as an tutor, please complete our online form.

Application Form

“I WANTED TO FIND SOME WAY TO ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ AND TUTORING IS MUCH MORE FULFILLING THAN I EVER IMAGINED. TUTORING HAS ENRICHED MY LIFE. IT IS SO SATISFYING TO WATCH MY LEARNERS MASTER ENGLISH!”
— LYNN, ESL TUTOR

“SO OFTEN I FIND THAT I’M TRYING TO INSPIRE MY LEARNER BUT I’M THE ONE WHO ENDS UP BEING INSPIRED. TUTORING GIVES ME A CHANCE TO ENCOURAGE, HELP AND MOTIVATE MY LEARNERS. THIS PROGRAM IS VERY REWARDING FOR THEM AND FOR ME!”
—A CURRENT TUTOR