tutorsRequirements of becoming a Literacy Volunteer Tutor:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Be proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking of the English language.
  • Submit a complete application for review by the LNYBN staff
  • Attend all initial training as required in either option 1 or option 2
  • Pay $30 fee that will be used to support expenses for your training materials and resources, as well as instructional materials that will be used when meeting with students.
  • Meet your learner in a public place.  We encourage tutors to meet at our office at the Central Library if it is convenient, where they can utilize our tutor resource library.  Other possibilities include local libraries, coffee shops, college campuses, parks, churches, and community centers.  In-home tutoring is NEVER ALLOWED for the safety of tutors and learners.
  • Commit to 1 year of tutoring in our program. Staying with a learner for this amount of time is necessary in order for them to learn the skills they need – consistency is key.  Once matched, a learner gets used to a tutor and their style of teaching.  Switching learners between tutors can be detrimental to their learning.  If you plan to travel for more than one month’s time, please inform us. Depending on the situation we may be able to accommodate but the learner is required to log 8 hours per month with a tutor.  We encourage tutors to keep close, consistent contact with their learner to ensure a high quality experience.  We also have additional tutoring options, such as working in an adult education classroom that may allow for a more flexible time commitment.
  • Be matched with a learner who has completed the LNYBN intake process, including an interview and assessment at LNYBN with a staff member/trained assessor.   If you already have a student you intend to tutor, LNYBN staff/assessor must interview the learner before tutoring begins so that we can measure and monitor his/her progress.



In order to remain a Literacy Volunteer Tutor, a candidate must:

  • Attend scheduled sessions regularly. Arrive on time and notify your learner in advance of planned absence or expectations of being late.
  • Be prepared for the tutoring sessions with a tentative lesson plan and appropriate materials. This includes utilizing materials in the LNYBN  Tutor Resource Library which can be borrowed from the main office.  We also have the ability to send our materials to you for pick up at a more local branch.  Books in this library are not found in the public library branches.
  • Be focused on the learner’s goals and responsive to the learner’s requests regarding preference of instructional materials, learning strategies and the tutoring environment.
  • Submit a simple report to the LNYBN office on a monthly basis reflecting the dates/times you met with your student. This is a vital part in the agency, as our funding is based on the actual tutoring that is completed with a student.
  • Ensure that your student is tested by June 30 each year.
  • Attend at least four Tutor Chat Workshops during your first year of tutoring. Out of the four, one of those needs to be the “Preparing Your Student for the Post Test” workshops.
  • Communicate with Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara staff on a regular basis.