Work with Children

Children's literacy tutor and young reader

Work with Children

Become a children's literacy volunteer. 

As a volunteer, you can work with kids in grades K-12 to build reading skills, finish homework and more! Volunteers help out in schools, libraries and community organizations.

We have remote and in-person volunteer opportunities available. Check out the information below to get started.

Questions? Contact Kelly at We can't wait to hear from you!

Children's literacy volunteers are:

  • Dependable, patient, flexible, and friendly.
  • Able to relate to people from many backgrounds.
  • Willing to provide respectful, relevant instructional content.
  • Interested in working with their community.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older. Some programs do accept volunteers under 18 years old with parent/guardian consent. Please check with program for details or contact Kelly (below) for more information.
  • Ability to commit one to three hours per week (depending on the position).
  • Ability to commit a minimum of three to four months (depending on the location).

Questions? Contact Kelly at or 651-251-9074.

Our goal at Literacy Minnesota is to support you in all stages to becoming a volunteer in your community:

  • ​Complete a Volunteer Interest Form to help us match you with a fun, rewarding volunteer opportunity. Once we receive your form, we will contact you with next steps.​​​
  • Attend a New Volunteer Information Session to learn more about our opportunities and decide if volunteering with literacy is a good fit for you. (Please note that due to COVID-19, New Volunteer Information Sessions are currently virtual only, via Zoom.)
  • Choose a volunteer literacy program based on your interests, skills, location and scheduling needs. View current in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities. **We can help with this step!** We can send you site recommendations and help you narrow down a site or volunteer role.
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator to express your interest, ask questions and discuss next steps to getting started. **We can help with this step!** In addition to helping you narrow down a site, we would be happy to put you in touch with the volunteer coordinator. This is the step where you will be directed to the application to volunteer. Each site has their own application and screening process.
  • Schedule a site orientation. Each site's orientation is different, but they usually include policies and procedures, observing classes, meeting staff and volunteers and learning about the curricula.
  • Begin volunteering, and please keep in touch with us. Literacy Minnesota provides useful resources to help you in your work, including weekly email tutor tips, free Equity, Culture and Teaching workshops and a monthly tutor e-newsletter.

Do you have questions? Contact Kelly at any time!