Become a tutor

Every time somebody becomes a tutor for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council (KLC), we are one step closer to making Kalamazoo County 100 percent literate. Tutor opportunities include:

You can help someone start a new chapter by becoming a reading tutor. The KLC trains tutors to work one-on-one with adult students to improve their reading, writing and spelling skills. No prior training or experience is required.

The KLC offers basic writing classes to help students learn how to write essays, compose letters and complete assignments to prepare for the GED and entry into college. The classes are once a week and follow a curriculum.

The KLC needs trained reading tutors who are interested in helping students learn at our Community Literacy Centers. Tutors work with a range of students from Laubach to Challenger on a weekly basis. These students are often times waiting for their permanent tutor or are students who want more instruction time.


To become a tutor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to read and write
  • Feel comfortable communicating with students
  • Participate in 12 hours of training (four sessions, three hours each)
  • Commit to a minimum of one year of service
  • Meet with student at least once a week at a time convenient for both in a public place such as library, church or school
  • Provide monthly updates on student’s progress


We have many tutor orientations scheduled throughout the year – so you can choose one that best fits your schedule. See all available dates.


Our tutoring services are free to students and we do not charge for tutoring or educational materials. However, there is a registration fee of $30 for tutors prior to training. If you are unable to pay this fee but are still interested in tutoring, contact us. We never turn away tutors because of an inability to pay the fee.

Register to become a tutor

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