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Literacy Program

Every week someone walks into our office or calls 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. These motivated adults are waiting for you to call and become their 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.

Join our Volunteer Team

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

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

Learn about Tutoring

Volunteer Ching alongside fellow volunteers raising funds for the Literacy Program at the Human Race.

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?

Visit the Tutor Resources Page

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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 14 hour training and and on-going support with monthly workshops. View our training materials, meet our trainers, view our workshop list, and pay for the training.

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View our Goals and Achievements

Since the inception of the program in 1967, over 11,000 individuals have received literacy education from trained volunteer tutors.

Learn how our tutors and staff are meeting the need of more than 400 adults in Santa Cruz County.

View our Goals and Achievements

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Literacy Program—Main Office
1740 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5077 | Fax: 831-423-6267 | E-mail: literacy@scvolunteercenter.org

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, 9-5; Wednesday, 9-6; non-furlough Fridays, 9-5 (call to check dates)

Literacy Program—Watsonville Office
12 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-6708

Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and by appointment (call 427-5077 for appointment)

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