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January 2011

Help Change Lives: Become a Volunteer Tutor

January 11, 2011

Imagine being unable to read and understand a job application, instruction for medication, or even a bus schedule. That scenario is a daily reality for the staggering 69% of Cleveland residents who are functionally illiterate. But you can make a difference in their lives by becoming a tutor for Seeds of Literacy, a nonprofit organization providing free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults in Cuyahoga County.

Upcoming tutor training sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, January 25th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday, February 12th from 9 am to 2 pm, and Saturday, February 26th from 9 am to 2 pm. All sessions are held at the Seeds Resource Center, 3104 West 25th Street (corner of West 25th and Clark Avenue), 3rd floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.

Tutors work individually with students on reading, writing and math skills, offer encouragement and support, and help students develop confidence and positive attitudes about learning. All tutors are required to attend only one training session, after which tutors are asked to commit to attending at least one class session per week for one year. Class sessions are two hours long and are scheduled throughout the day to accommodate personal preference.

With a steady influx of new students and a new location opening soon to serve students in the East Cleveland neighborhood, our need for tutors is only increasing. Seeds of Literacy currently has nearly 200 tutors assisting 1,000 students. Every volunteer is appreciated, and no prior teaching experience is necessary—only the desire to help change someone’s life.

For more information and to register, please contact Alexandria Marshall at 216.661.7950 or

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