We help adults to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills through our Volunteer Tutor and Small Group programs. We train our tutors in a one-hour orientation session and a 12-hour training workshop.

Tutor FAQ’s

How do I become a volunteer tutor?

Step 1 – Contact Us

Email us at info@hamiltonreads.ca or call 905-529-9907

Step 2 – Attend an Orientation Session (we will contact you by phone to arrange a date)

You will:
1. learn more about the Literacy Council
2. hear volunteer responsibilities and rights
3. complete a written skills assessment
4. discover if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you


Step 3 – Attend the Basic Training Workshop

After orientation, you will attend a 12-hour training workshop and submit your Volunteer Tutor Application along with your $15.00 membership. (The annual membership fee entitles you to attend supplementary training workshops, have access to tutoring resources, and voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting.) You are required to attend both sessions of the Training Workshop. After 30 hours of tutoring you will be eligible for certification as a Laubach Literacy Ontario tutor.

Next Workshop:

April – dates to be determined 

9:00 – 3:00 p.m. (two day workshop, must attend both days)



What is the time commitment?

We ask for approximately four hours per week for one year.

What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?

A tutor needs excellent communications skills (particularly speaking and writing), patience, and empathy. A complete position description is included in the Volunteer Tutor information package. A written skills assessment is completed at Orientation.

Will I be matched with a student as soon as I finish the training workshop?

If we have a student who is a good fit for you, you will be matched shortly after training is completed.

Where does the tutoring take place?

In tutoring rooms available at our office location or at a nearby library.

Please note – the YWCA closes at 4:00 on Sundays.
Please call the YWCA 905 529-9922 for holiday hours

More questions? Email us at info@hamiltonreads.ca or call 905-529-9907.