Be A Hometown Hero – Become A Literacy Volunteers Tutor

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OSWEGO, NY – Did you know that one in five Oswego County adults struggle with everyday reading and writing?

They have trouble filling out a job application, understanding medicine labels or reading a story to their child.

Twenty percent of the adults in Oswego County have skills considered to be “functionally illiterate.”

You can make a difference in their lives!

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County is seeking to train a team of compassionate tutors to assist adults in their own community who would like to improve their literacy skills.

”Becoming a Literacy Volunteer tutor is about changing a student’s whole world” said Jane Murphy, executive director. “It’s opening a door for them to brighter possibilities for work, family, and personal growth.”

Volunteer tutors are the cornerstone of Literacy Volunteers and this training covers a variety of topics to help the tutors work effectively with their adult learners.

A support network of experienced tutor mentors, computer lab instruction and LVOC staff are available to both learners and tutors.

The next 15-hour workshop is scheduled to begin in Oswego in October.

Sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, 22, 27, 29, and Nov. 3.

There will be an online orientation to be completed before the first class.

Meetings will be held in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center, Room 138.

The sessions will train participants in several techniques of tutoring adults in basic literacy.

This includes sections on teaching adult learners, strategies for teaching reading and writing and an overview of the study materials available for tutoring.

Tutoring is done on a one-on-one basis.

No previous experience is necessary.

Requirements are patience, a desire to improve your community, and a longing to help other adults.

There is a $25 fee to cover tutor training materials that the tutor keeps for reference.

Limited scholarships are available.

If you can commit two hours a week to helping another adult expand their horizons, know someone who could benefit from literacy tutoring, or want more information about Literacy Volunteers programs or volunteer opportunities, call 342-8839 or visit

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County is a member agency of United Way of Greater Oswego County.