Literacy Program

Nearly every day someone reaches out to the Literacy Program to ask about learning English. Some want to get a job, advance their career, or to be able to talk with their child’s teacher. Our goal is to connect these motivated adults with a volunteer tutor.

Tutors impart more than English. They provide a wealth of information about how life works in Santa Cruz County. They may assist students in gaining the basic skills to go shopping, engage socially, navigate the local landscape, or they may provide insight about work norms. In addition, our tutors provide the basic training for students to further their education and to obtain citizenship.


Register as a Literacy Student | Registrarse como estudiante de alfabetización

Do you want to improve or gain new English reading, writing, technology, and communication skills? Join the Literacy Program and get matched with a personal tutor so that you can learn at your own pace and focus on your personal English learning needs. With your partner, you get to choose when and how often you meet!  All levels are welcome for this free program.

¿Quiere mejorar o adquirir nuevas habilidades de lectura, escritura, tecnología y comunicación en inglés? Únase al Programa de Alfabetización y obtenga un tutor personal para que pueda aprender a su propio ritmo y concentrarse en sus necesidades personales de aprendizaje del inglés. ¡Con tu pareja, puedes elegir cuándo y con qué frecuencia te reunirás! Todos los niveles son bienvenidos para este programa gratuito.

To Register: Call  831-427-5077 or email

Para registrarse: Llame al 831-427-5077 o envíe un correo electrónico a


Give the Gift of Literacy

53 years ago we launched the Literacy Program and in that time our tutors and learners have worked together through earthquakes, floods, fires, refugee resettlements, recessions, immigration crack-downs and amnesty to build better lives for their families. With the support of dedicated volunteers and donors we've built a strong program to serve the needs of our neighbors. Despite this, we have never seen a year like this. We are reaching out to our community to help us sustain and adapt services.

 Learn Why Your Help is Needed  

Literacy Abi Citizenship

Join our Volunteer Team

You can change the lives of English Language learners by volunteering with our program as a tutor or office volunteer.

Join us for a short tele-orientation via Zoom to learn about the extensive training we provide for new tutors in the winter, spring, summer, and fall.

 Learn More About Volunteering & RSVP for an Orientation  


Learn More About our Training

We give our volunteer tutors the resources they need to enrich the lives of their students. We provide an extensive 12-hour training and on-going support with monthly workshops.

Training Info & Materials

Pay Tutor Training Materials Fee


View our Tutor Resources

Would you like to report your hours, grab a few of our teaching resources, or view our workshop schedule for ongoing training?

Tutor Resources Here