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
How do I become a volunteer tutor?
Step 1 - Ask for a Volunteer Information Package
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 905-529-9907 and leave us the following information: your name, address, phone number, and how you heard about the Council. We will mail or email an information package to you. We do require you to fill out an application and provide us with two references (all included in the package).
This package includes a volunteer tutor position description, an application form, and orientation and workshop information.
If you'd like the package emailed
to you, leave your email address as well.
Step 2 - Book and Attend an Orientation Session
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
Monday, January 14th, 2019
(Approximately 1 hour)
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 to become a certified literacy tutor.
Friday, January 18th, 2019
9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, January 25th, 2019
9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Must attend both days
What is the time commitment?
We ask for 4 hours per week for one year. (Two hour sessions twice a week).
What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?
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.
What if my student or I want to go on vacation?
you set your own schedule, you can easily book off a two-week vacation.
Please inform the Program Manager if you will be away for a much longer
period of time.
Where does the tutoring take place?
have two tutoring rooms available at our office location and they may
be booked for two-hour blocks of time. Many pairs meet at their local
library if they are comfortable meeting in a public place.
Please note - the YWCA closes at 4:00 on Sundays.
The following link will take you to the YWCA’s holiday schedule:
More questions? Email us at email@example.com or call 905-529-9907.