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.

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 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 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.