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Tutors & Volunteers

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Tutors do not need to have an background in teaching, nor do they need to know how to teach. Tutors must:

  • have the desire to help somebody else achieve their goal
  • be at least 24 years of age
  • complete the orientation and a 6 hour training
  • complete follow up training and workshops as necessary
  • be able to commit to meeting their learner for a minimum of 1 hour per week for 1 year
  • participate in at least 2 tutor meetings or trainings per year
  • complete and submit reports as requested


Orientation and Training

Tutors are required to attend a brief orientation and complete tutor training. Orientation must be completed before attending the training sessions.

We offer the option of attending the orientation in person (approximately 1 hour) or online (approximately 20 minutes). Please be aware that if you take the Online Tutor Orientation, you must complete and submit the online application at the end of the orientation in order to be scheduled for one of our Tutor Training sessions.

Online orientations can be taken at any time. The dates for "in person" orientations and training sessions are listed below:

2015 Orientation Dates                                         2015 Training Dates**

September 24, 10:00 am                                         October 7 & 14, 9:15 am-12:15 pm


2016 Orientation Dates                                         2016 Training Dates**

January 26, 6:00 pm                                               February 10 & 17, 5:30-8:30 pm

April 20, 10:00 am                                                   May 11 & 18, 9:15 am-12:15 pm

July 26, 6:00 pm                                                      August 10 & 17, 5:30-8:30 pm

October 26, 10:00 am                                             November 9 & 16, 9:15 am-12:15 pm

**There is a $25.00 Material fee for this training

Please note that Orientation and Tutor Training dates and times are subject to change. Please contact literacy office before attending.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

There are many other volunteer opportunities that would help the literacy program, including:

  • Office support
  • Event planning
  • Teaching classes
  • Doing assessments
  • Marketing and fundraising

For more information contact the Literacy Office at 949.717.3874, email literacy@newportbeachca.gov or stop by the office to complete an application.



Book Club - a discussion group for adult learners about book selections in classic or modern fiction.

Conversation - The goal is to help participants understand and communicate comfortably in every-day idiomatic English.

Cooking Workshop - Exploring America Through Food: Read, write and talk about tasty American recipes. Learn about favorite holiday foods prepared in the United States, “comfort” foods and writing food reviews. Each workshop is typically 6 weeks.

Discussion Group - A weekly gathering of learners who are encouraged to participate in speaking on any number of topcis that are presented during the session.

Grammar & Vocabulary Learners gather to learn grammar and vocabulary that will help improve their reading and writing skills. Each workshop is typically 12 weeks.

Learner Network - A quarterly meeting for Adult Learners to learn more about the program and each other in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Life Skills - A weekly class that focuses on tools to help with everyday needs such as setting life goals, financial literacy, navigating social media, etc.

Movie Talk - Once a month a movie selection is screened for assembled learners. Each film normally deals with different issues that we face in the United States and afterwardes the group participates in an open discussion about the different topics addressed in the movie.

Pronunciation Workshop - work with a professional speech therapist in a  small group setting on 'proper' American English pronunciation. Each workshop is typically 8 weeks.

Tutor Connection - A quarterly meeting for tutors to keep up to date on the latest in literacy and to share accomplishments, tips and anecdotes about the program

Writing Workshop - Geared to working with the adult learner on creative writing.  Each workshop is typically 6 weeks.

International Literacy Day - an annual celebration of literacy and Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, held each year in September.


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