Tutor Training includes a two hour orientation, classroom observation, and eight hours of training. Tutors work in READ classrooms to help student with lessons and to support their personal literacy goals. 1:1 tutors work outside a classroom. 1:1 tutors are provided with Challenger adult literacy curriculum as a base for lessons. Additional resources are provided to support student goals, like driver’s license study materials and GED study manuals.
Professional development opportunities are provided to tutors throughout the year. Help and support is available to tutors from READ tutor trainers, teachers and staff. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 tutors gave more than 5,270 hours of time and caring to READ Center students.
For more information and to register to become a READ Center tutor, please visit the READ website at www.readcenter.org or call 804-288-9930.
Primary Population Served
Adults who need literacy assistance
"After retiring I made the decision to volunteer and give back to society. A person I knew once said, "If you are not giving back to society, you are just taking up space." I have had the pleasure of working on committees at church, reading to kindergarteners, mentoring elementary school students, data entry at Red Cross, Senior Medicare Patrol, and project: Homes building ramps for low-income handicapped person which I enjoyed most. Next to build the ramps I have found the most satisfaction in being a tutor at The READ Center. In addition to being a class tutor for 4 years, I have done one to one tutoring. Currently, I am tutoring at the READ Center Richmond Public Library classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have great admiration for the adult students who take time from work to come to improve themselves by learning to read and write. I realize the important impact READ Center has on the lives of the students from a story about one of the students in the class. A tutor told me she was here 5 years ago when he started the class. He was withdrawn and could not read. Today, I see an outgoing person who is able to read and write stories. If a person likes to help people and has patience, they will gain great satisfaction by being a READ Center tutor." These comments were part of the Tutor Spotlight featuring Harvey Iwata published on 2/11/19 on the READ Center blog.