Please complete the application in full and submit. You will be contacted by our Program Coordinator regarding tutor training and tutoring classes.
We are very excited to announce that Detroit Literacy Coalition has been selected as a Reading Works adult literacy partner.
Reading Works is a new nonprofit in Detroit dedicated to raising the level of adult literacy in our community. On Sunday, October 2nd a mass media campaign will begin with a special section in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press and on WXYZ channel 7 to shine a spotlight on the work of 9 established literacy agencies in the Metro Detroit area. Read more...
Become a Literacy Tutor and Save Detroit one learner at a time !!!!
DETROIT READS, a new partnership between the Detroit Literacy Coalition, the Detroit Public Library and other local literacy agencies welcomes students from Wayne State University and other neighboring institutions who wish to participate as volunteer literacy tutors. This activity promises to be a mutually rewarding experience for both the student and the learner. Students will receive literacy tutor training on a WSU campus site or at the Detroit Public library on how to help special needs populations from culturally diverse groups with low reading skills. The student will be provided with useful learning strategies aimed at helping adults overcome their fear of reading and writing and empower them with improved communication, problem-solving and better goal-setting skills. The ultimate goal is to prepare the adult with reading and writing skills for the globalized workplace.
All literacy tutoring sessions will take place at the Detroit Public Library across the street from Wayne State University on Woodward Avenue. Literacy training opportunities will accompany the tutoring sessions and are offered all year round.
Once you decide to be a literacy tutor, please consider a time commitment of no less than three (3) months to start and at least two (2) hours weekly. The weekly tutoring schedule is to be negotiated between tutor and learner as some of our learners have jobs or other responsibilities. Tutoring goes on during the day and also in the evening.
It is important that we ask for this commitment of time to set the stage for an effective mentoring relationship with our marginalized learners whose past experiences with schooling have not always been so favorable. The tutor's role is very significant to the reintegration of our low reading adults into the world of reading, writing and basic math.
To sign up to be a DETROIT READS literacy tutor, visit The Detroit Literacy Coalition at: detroitliteracy.org and click on Volunteer Tutor/Training Application form. Complete and submit. If you have further questions, please contact Program Services coordinator, Deborah Stewart, or Prof. Daphne Ntiri via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-922-READ (7323).
The Detroit Literacy Coalition is a member of Detroit Reads, a partnership of literacy organizations in southeast Michigan that includes the Detroit Public Library, Wayne State University, Detroit Public Schools, ProLiteracy, Arise Detroit, and Communities in School.
The Detroit Literacy Coalition has offered literacy training and tutoring opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate WSU students for over the last 15 years.
A literate society is our dream; finding the processes and people to make it possible is our work.