Adult Literacy Tutor (English and/or Math) - West Neighbourhood House

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The Adult Literacy Program at West Neighbourhood House helps English-speaking adults in the West-end of Toronto learn to read, write in English and practice Math at a basic/intermediate level through small groups and individual tutoring sessions.

We are currently working in person but virtual options may be available.

Volunteer Duties:

  • Work one-to-one with a learner or a small group to improve literacy and/or basic math skills
  • Keep a journal/record of learning
  • Maintain communication with program staff

Skills Required:

  • An interest in literacy or numeracy (math), adult education and community development
  • Listening, speaking and writing skills in English
  • Patient, friendly, punctual and reliable
  • Understanding of issues faced by marginalized communities
  • Have an open mind and believe that all people can learn
  • Practice social justice and anti-oppression principles

Orientation & Training:

  • Questionnaire, interview and introductory workshop with program staff
  • Staff provides 10-12 hours of tutor training, including an anti-discrimination training (3 times per year: spring, fall, winter), that is mandatory for tutors
  • On-going support provided by staff

Program Time & Location:

  • Tutors and learners meet at 1033 King St. West (Wheelchair accessible with washroom facilities)
  • Classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions take place weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings
  • Some virtual options available

Volunteer Commitment:

  • Once a week for 3 hours total, 1 hour of preparation and 2 hours of the tutoring session to be scheduled during our opening hours Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm and Tuesday to Thursday, 9am-9pm
  • One year to ensure continuity in the tutoring relationship

How to Apply/Contact:

Please call 416-532-4828, ext 171 or email for more information. You can apply to be a volunteer by completing this application form:


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