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Volunteer Tutors Needed

Volunteer Tutors Needed to Teach Adults to Read Tutor information session and training will take place in January

January 6, 2018—Modesto, CA—Volunteers 18 years of age and over are urgently needed to work with adult literacy students in Stanislaus County. A 30-minute informational meeting for new tutors will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7 p.m., followed by a half-day training session on Saturday, January 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the Modesto Library, 1500 I Street, Modesto.

The information session will introduce prospective tutors to the LearningQuest Adult Literacy program and outline expectations of both tutors and students. During training, prospective tutors will gain the knowledge needed to teach effectively, including the special dynamics of an adult learner, the differences in how people learn, and use of the Laubach phonics-based system of teaching reading. All teaching materials are provided.

“Teaching an adult how to read is one of the most gratifying volunteer experiences,” said Literacy Program Manager, Natalie Ochoa. “You will receive the tools and support you need to help another adult learn to read.”

Students who are registered for the program and awaiting tutors include

Female. 36 years old. Born in Afghanistan, this student came to the U.S. in 2009. She dropped out of school in the 8th grade because of the war that was tearing her family and town apart. She can read and write in her native language, Pashto. Her goal is to improve her reading and writing skills in English and ultimately earn her High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate.

Male. 28 years old. Born and raised in Modesto, this student dropped out of school in the 7 th grade because he was being bullied. He currently reads below a first-grade level and shows signs of Dyslexia. He would like to improve his reading and writing skills and obtain his HSE to eventually go to college to study music.

Female. 50 years old. A professional nurse, she was born in Taiwan and has been in the U.S. for 7 years. Her goal is to be able to understand everything she reads, expand her vocabulary and she would like to improve her speaking skills to be able to have conversations with her neighbors.

Tutors are matched with students according to their availability. Most tutors work with their students for 90 minutes twice a week for about one year. Tutoring sessions are held in public places such as a library, church, or coffee shop. For questions or to register for training, contact Learning Quest’s tutoring office at the Modesto Library, 1500 “I” Street Modesto. Phone (209) 558-4505 or visit

For more information contact
Natalie Ochoa, Literacy Program Mgr.
LearningQuest (209) 558-4505

Learning Quest is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education to adults for a better tomorrow. Free or low-cost instruction in reading, writing, math and English is provided by a combination of staff and more than 250 volunteers. LearningQuest receives funding from public and private contracts and through donations from businesses and individual donors. Nearly 1,500 Stanislaus County adults were served by LearningQuest programs last year.



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