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 - Ask for a Volunteer Information Package

Email us at info@hamiltonreads.ca 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

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

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?

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.

What if my student or I want to go on vacation?

Because 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?

We 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 info@hamiltonreads.ca or call 905-529-9907.

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