Adult Literacy Tutor

Forty million adults in America have trouble reading. But with help, they can learn. Volunteer tutors from Hayward Public Library’s Literacy Plus program are proving that every day.
A tutor and an adult student reading together

Since 1985, Literacy Plus has helped over 4,500 adult learners improve their reading, writing and conversational skills.  As a result, they became citizens, earned driver’s licenses, obtained their GED degrees, and voted for the first time.  Their increased skills resulted in higher self-esteem, better jobs, and the ability to read to their children and help them with homework.

Become a Literacy Plus Tutor!

If you have a couple of hours a week and want to help, become a volunteer tutor.  A few hours a week can change someone’s life – and your life, too.  Tutoring sessions are once or twice a week and can take place during the day, evening or weekend, depending on your availability.

Tutor Requirements:

  • No teaching or tutoring experience required
  • Be 18 years of age, or older
  • Speak English clearly
  • Have good reading and writing skills
  • Commit to providing 2-4 hours of tutoring per week, for a minimum of 6 months
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Attend tutor orientation and training
  • Submit monthly hours reports and biannual learner accomplishments forms

Tutor Resources and Support:

  • Use of free instructional materials
  • Individual consultation with staff regarding instruction and materials
  • Tutor support sessions and in-service workshops
  • Use of the Computer Learning Lab and instructional software for tutoring purposes

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an application
  2. Register for Tutor Orientation and Tutor Training
Contact the Literacy Plus office for more information at (510) 881-7910 or

If you know someone that needs help with their reading or writing, please refer them to Adult Literacy Tutoring for more information. 

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