Volunteer Tutor Training

Volunteer Tutor Training

The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network employs a myriad of Volunteer Tutors to engage with Adult Learners and provide knowledge of social/developmental supports and skills!

What is a Volunteer Tutor?

The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network is equipping Volunteers with the necessary skills to be effective educators in the lives of Adult Learners. Our Tutors are preparing Adults for High School Equivalency testing and contributing to our collaborative effort toward improving Workforce Readiness. Additionally, Tutors are supporting English Language Learners in our community and committing their time towards impacting the results that matter most.

Who should become a Volunteer Tutor?

FGLN is leading a collective effort to advance Adult Literacy for our community, and encouraging volunteers to complete our Volunteer Tutor Training to supporting Adult Learners. Our Volunteer Tutors are: 

  • Over the age of 18
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Prepared to work 
  • High school graduates or GED recipients
  • Volunteering a minimum of 1 hour per week
  • Working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Treating learners respectfully as adults and as peers
  • Using patience, kindness, and understanding when tutoring an adult learner
  • Building instruction based on the learners strengths, experiences, needs, goals, & interests

What are the Core Components of Volunteer Tutoring?

It is important for tutors to know their own learning style and if their style is the same or different from their student(s). Learning styles will help tutors know if the strategies that work for them might also work for their student(s). Learning styles are simply different approaches or ways of learning as described below and summarized in the venn diagram from the Laubach Literacy Ontario - Seminar on Learning Styles.

Preferred Learning Styles

  1. Visual
  2. Aural
  3. Print
  4. Tactile
  5. Interactive
  6. Kinesthetic

How can we support you?

The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network provides training and professional development to Volunteers looking to assist Adult Learners as Tutors by supporting volunteers in the following areas:


  • Understanding how to engage with Adult Learners,
  • Gaining knowledge of social and developmental supports/skills,
  • Becoming leaders and advocates in the advancement of Adult Literacy, and
  • Connecting with local Partners implementing Adult Learning Centers.

Become a Volunteer Tutor by registering as a volunteer at Genesee Serves.

Learn more about Volunteering at specific ALCs by Contacting Us!

Capacity Builders

Danielle Brown, Director of Programs
Melinda Anderson. Volunteer Literacy Coordinator
Jessica Kitchner, Operations Coordinator