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Become a Volunteer Tutor
Open a New Chapter in Someone’s Life!



We are always in need of people who would like to share their joy of reading.

According to the National Institute for Literacy, one in five American adults struggle with everyday reading and writing. They have trouble filling out a job application, understanding medicine labels or reading a story to their child. Twenty percent of the adults in Oswego County have skills considered to be “functionally illiterate”.

YOU can make a difference in their lives!

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. is seeking adult volunteers, to participate in a Tutor Training workshop in order to help us meet the needs of these individuals. The workshop consists of an Orientation session where more information is given to make an informed decision whether they would indeed like to become a Literacy Volunteers tutor, and three 3 hour sessions with daytime and evenings available to choose from.

The training sessions will equip participants with techniques and strategies for tutoring adults in basic literacy. This includes sections on teaching adult learners, strategies for teaching reading and writing, and an overview of the study materials available for tutoring. There is a $25 fee to cover tutor training materials that the tutor keeps for reference. Limited scholarships are available.

In order to become an LVOC tutor you must be at least 18 years old, have received a High School diploma or GED, and are able to read at a 12th grade level. No previous experience is necessary.

After completion of the 12 hour training, tutors will meet with their learners for 2 hours every week in a public place, assigning homework or "extended learning" assignments in between tutoring sessions. Tutoring is done on a one-on-one basis and the tutors are matched with a learner according to personalities, and preferred location & meeting times.


Volunteer tutors are the cornerstone of Literacy Volunteers and this training covers a variety of topics to help the tutors work effectively with their adult learners. A support network of experienced tutors and LVOC staff are available to both learners and tutors.

For more information about the training or to inquire about Literacy Volunteers programs, please contact us via email at or call 342-8839.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. is a member agency of United Way of Greater Oswego County.