Philadelphia is suffering from an epidemic ignored for too long. This epidemic infiltrates all facets of life not only in Philadelphia but also in the nation. With over half the adult population—an estimated 550,000 individuals—considered low literate, meaning they would struggle to fill out a form such as a job application or follow written instructions and over 240,000 adults without a high school diploma, Philadelphia is demonstrably in need of literacy programs and services. Individuals affected by low literacy often cannot qualify for most jobs that pay a living wage and cannot compete in our increasingly technical global economy. Imagine how your life would be different if you struggled with reading, math, language or technology skills. Could you perform your job efficiently and effectively? Could you tackle daily tasks like following medical instructions, sending an e-mail, or calculating gratuity at a restaurant?
What if you could help to spread the magic and fulfillment education brings? By becoming a volunteer tutor, you can help learners get a better job, or go on to pursue educational or technical training. As a volunteer tutor, you will not only positively affect the lives of those you tutor, but you will also gain experience in education and build valuable rewarding relationships.
Volunteer tutors at CFL are asked to make a six-month commitment to work in small groups or one-on-one with adult students working to improve their reading, writing, math, or English language skills. No certification is necessary; CFL provides training, all necessary materials, a place to meet, and ongoing support. Although no certification is needed, a bachelor's degree or current enrollment in a 4-year institution is required.
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please look at the Orientation schedule. Choose a workshop located in the area of the city in which you would like to tutor, and register by calling the contact person at the listed phone number. Workshops are free and open to the public; in order to attend, you must register in advance.
You can also obtain more information about CFL’s tutoring program by contacting us via email or calling 215.474.1235.