Work with Adults

Adult learners and tutors in a classroom

Work with Adults

Why we need you

Without literacy, it’s almost impossible to succeed in school, support your family and contribute to your community. Literacy programs across Minnesota rely on volunteers to help adults learn English and gain the skills they need to succeed as workers, family members and citizens.


When adults reach their educational goals, families and communities grow stronger. Help make life-changing learning a reality for everyone by becoming a literacy volunteer now. 

  • Assist in a classroom
  • Teach or co-teach
  • Tutor one-to-one
  • Help with admin and intake work
  • Substitute teach

Successful adult literacy volunteers have the following characteristics:

  • Dependability, promptness, patience, flexibility, and friendliness
  • Interest in diverse cultures and stories
  • Ability to relate to people from many backgrounds
  • A willingness to provide respectful, relevant instructional content
  • A willingness to work with, and take direction from, program staff
  • Interest in serving the community

Additional Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older (16 if volunteering with a parent/guardian at some sites)
  • Attend required training sessions
  • About 1-3 hours per week (depending on the position)
  • A minimum of 3 or 4 months (depending on the location)

If you're considering becoming a volunteer, we invite you to attend a New Volunteer Information Session. You'll learn about the many opportunities to get involved and how you can use your unique talents and skills to improve the lives of learners. Find out if literacy volunteering is the right fit for you. 

Sign up for an info session

Looking for full-time service opportunities? 

Our AmeriCorps VISTA programs offer extended service opportunities to build and support literacy initiatives in low-income communities.

Learn about AmeriCorps Vista