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MLP Tutor Eligibility Guidelines


Giving the gift of literacy liberates the valuable voices and minds of people in our community in need of literacy skills. Our volunteer tutors are the heart and soul of our program and have been doing this amazing work for 30 years.

We hope that you are considering volunteering to be an MLP tutor!

To find out more check out our calendar to find the next training or orientation. If an orientation doesn’t fit into your schedule, please let us know and we can arrange an individual time to meet or discuss our program in depth by phone. You can call us at 415-537-0523 or email us at readandwrite@marinliteracy.org.

Here are the guidelines for volunteering with the MLP.

The Basics

  • Be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Speak and communicate in clear, understandable English.
  • Attend a Tutor Orientation.
  • Satisfactorily complete our tutor training workshop, which consists of one 7 hour training day and a follow up training of 4 hours after you have been matched with your student.
  • Commit to at least 1½ hours of tutoring per week for a minimum of 6 months, excluding lesson preparation and travel time.

In Addition . . .

  • Demonstrate appropriate English reading, writing and comprehension ability to tutor students effectively.
  • Establish a regular tutoring schedule, arrive at sessions on time, and notify the student in advance if you will be late or must cancel the session.
  • Meet your student at library or other recommended tutoring site, or at a site mutually agreed on by the learner and the tutor.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior for tutoring one-on-one or small groups, including showing sensitivity and respect toward others.
  • Respond to reasonable needs and requests of the student regarding approaches and materials for tutoring.
  • Identify and track learner’s literacy goals and determine learner’s achievement toward goals every 6 months by doing follow-up assessments provided by Marin Literacy Program.
  • Meet Marin Literacy tutor reporting requirements related to tutoring hours and status of student goals and progress.
  • Attend at least one Marin Literacy tutor in-service workshop per year.
  • Adhere to non-discrimination policy:
    No person shall be discriminated against because of sex, race, color, nationality, religion, political belief or affiliation, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation
  • Adhere to a non-harassment policy:
    No person shall show a pattern of behavior perceived as offensive or threatening, or use offensive language.
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