Become a Partners in Reading Volunteer

Become a PAR Tutor

Partner with an adult to build reading, writing, and technology skills by becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor. You’ll work with adults to meet their goals. You can volunteer as a 1-1 tutor, small class instructor, computer lab coach, or book wrangler. 

Benefits You'll Receive

  • Gain professional development and training that can be applied in multiple job fields 
  • Meet great people from different cultures and places
  • Develop a passion for lifelong learning and teaching others
  • Have a positive impact on your community

Meet Steve, an Adult Learner

1-to-1 Tutor Requirements

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have an email address
  • Commit to three hours a week, for six months or more 

Small Class Instructor Requirements

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have an email address
  • Commit to two hours a week, for two months or more
  • Must lead class on Zoom

Skills Needed 

  • Ability to speak, read, and write English well 
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills 
  • Comfortable with email and basic computer skills 
  • Ability to complete tutor reports  
  • Willingness to learn new skills and partner with learners to design lessons 
  • Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor  

Next Steps 

  • Attend an orientation 
  • Attend training 
  • Pass a fingerprint clearance 
  • Show proof of vaccination for COVID-19, and if appropriate, a booster 

If you have any other questions, please call the PAR office at (408) 808-2361 or email us at par.sjpl@sjlibrary.org.