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Work with Children

Become a children's literacy volunteer. 

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adult and children's literacy programs are currently unable to start new volunteers. You are welcome to fill out an interest form, but please note that it is uncertain when new volunteers will be needed.*

 

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.

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:

  • 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 1-3 hours per week (depending on the position)
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 3-4 months (depending on the location)

Questions?  Contact Kelly at krynda@mnliteracy.org or 651-251-9074.

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

1. New to volunteering?

  • Attend a New Volunteer Information Session to learn more about our opportunities and decide if volunteering with literacy is a good fit for you.
  • 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.​​​

2. Attend a workshop

  • Are you new to this? Maybe you just want to brush up on your skills a little bit? Attend a children's tutor training to learn strategies and connect with others who have a passion for literacy!

3. Find a location in our network

  • Choose a volunteer literacy program that fits your interests, skills, location and scheduling needs.
  • We can help with this step! Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form to be matched with a location or contact Kelly at krynda@mnliteracy.org with any questions you may have.

4. Site orientation

  • Once you've contacted a program, meet on-site with the volunteer coordinator to become familiar with the program. The orientation may include observing a class, meeting staff and volunteers, and learning about their curricula.

5. Begin volunteering

  • After you start working with a program, we'll still be here to provide helpful resources to you, including free tutor trainings, weekly tutor tips and a monthly tutor e-newsletter.