tutorsIn Order to Become a Tutor, a Candidate Must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have at least a high school diploma
  • Be proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening of the English language.
  • Attend all initial workshop training sessions, totaling 12 hours of training. Workshop series must be completed within 3 months of orientation session.
  • Pay a $30 fee that will be used towards your materials and resources during training. This fee will be payable during your Orientation module by cash, check or credit card.
  • Meet your learner in a public place. We encourage tutors to meet at the Central Library, if it is convenient. Other possibilities include local libraries, coffee shops, college campuses, parks, churches, and community centers. In-home tutoring is NOT allowed for the safety of tutors and learners.
  • Commit to 100 hours of tutoring (about 2 hours per week for 1 year). Generally, this commitment can be flexible when tutoring adults. Sticking 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 them between tutors can be detrimental to their learning. If you plan to travel for an extended period of time, just let us know; your learner can utilize our drop in centers while you are away. We encourage tutors to keep close, consistent contact with their learner to ensure a high quality experience.
  • Be matched with a learner who has completed the Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara intake process, including an interview and assessment at Literacy Volunteers with a staff member/trained assessor. If you already have a student you intend to tutor, Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara staff/assessor must interview the learner before tutoring begins so that we can measure and monitor his/her progress.

In Order to Remain a 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 visiting the LV main office to utilize the Tutor Resource Library on a frequent basis. 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 Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara office on a monthly basis reflecting the dates/times you met with your student. Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara sends out time sheets quarterly via mail and email. These must be filled out in a timely fashion and sent back (via mail, online submission or fax) to the Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara office by the date they are due. This is a vital part in the agency, as our funding is based on the actual tutoring that is done 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.


Other Opportunities

We are always looking for great volunteer tutors, but if tutoring is not for you, you may be able to help in other ways. Please contact our Director of Education & Special Projects, Amy Lawrence, at 716-876-8991 or  for more information.