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Tutor with Seeds of Literacy

Our volunteer tutors are truly the heart of Seeds of Literacy. As a tutor, you’ll provide one-to-one attention, instruction, and encouragement to adult students as they work toward the GED® credential and a life of possibilities. Watch students share in their own words what Seeds of Literacy’s tutors mean to them.

“You’ve got tutors to help who build a personal relationship with you. They make you feel like they really want to be here for you.” – Archie, Seeds of Literacy student

What are the requirements to be a tutor?

Our tutors have the patience, kindness, passion, and skill to help change our community one adult learner at a time. You don’t need to have any prior teaching or tutoring experience in order to volunteer, but at least a high school credential is required.

We ask that tutors attend at least one class session per week for an overall commitment of one year (it’s okay if you need to take breaks for travel, etc.). We offer a flexible class schedule and you won’t be locked into a specific class day or time, so you may attend a class based on what is best for you in a given week.

Tutors need to be at least 18-years old and have at least a high school or high school equivalency degree.

What are the steps to becoming a tutor?

The first step to joining us as a tutor is to attend a training session. The training will provide the background information you’ll need to understand the adults we serve and how we enact our mission.

After your training, you’ll complete an observation session. The observation is an opportunity for you to attend a class, shadow a current tutor, and see the information from the training in action. You’ll have the chance to get comfortable with the classroom and to ask any questions you may have before you work with the students.

Once you’ve done your observation, you may begin tutoring at your convenience.

Where are the classes held?

We have two locations to serve our community:

Seeds West
3104 W. 25th Street, 3rd Floor
(corner of W. 25th & Clark Avenue)
Cleveland, OH 44109

Seeds East
13815 Kinsman Road
(corner of Kinsman & E. 139th Street)
Cleveland, OH 44120

Both of our locations have free, secure parking and are located on major bus lines.

You can tutor at whichever location is more convenient for you, or at both if you’d like.

When are classes?

We offer a flexible class schedule with sessions held throughout the day to accommodate personal preference and availability.

Seeds West
9-11 a.m.
1-3 p.m.
6-8 p.m.


Seeds East
9-11 a.m.
1-3 p.m.
6-8 p.m.
(No Friday class)

We ask that tutors attend one class session per week, but you don’t have to set a schedule and can come to whatever class session is most convenient for you in a given week.

What subjects do you cover (a.k.a. do I have to do math)?

We provide instruction for all areas currently on the GED® exam: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We also provide lessons in computer/digital literacy.

Because we pair students with tutors based on the tutor’s strengths and preferences, you never have to help a student with a subject with which you’re not comfortable.

We also help students at a range of skill levels, so if, for example, you’re wary of upper-level math, you may still be able to help other students with division or fractions if you’re comfortable doing so.

Do I work with the same student every time?

Our program is specially designed to meet the varying needs of each individual student. Every student is learning a subject at their own skill level and at their own pace, and we extend the same flexible class schedule to our students as we do to our tutors.

Because of this, you won’t necessarily be seeing the same students at each class session working on the same thing every time. Our Site Coordinator, who oversees the class session, will pair up a student looking for a help with an available tutor who is comfortable working on that subject.

What does a class session look like?

With our non-traditional class structure, it can be tricky to visualize what tutoring with Seeds of Literacy will actually look like. That’s why we’ve put together a brief video of a real class session. You’ll notice that some students are choosing to work on their own, while others are working one-to-one with a volunteer tutor (who could be you!).

Where is the most help needed?

While we welcome new tutors at both of our locations.

  • Seeds East currently has an urgent need for more tutors — there have been many class sessions lately with perhaps a dozen students and only one tutor! While any of the class sessions could use extra help, the 6-8 p.m. evening class is particularly short-handed. Our hardworking Seeds East students would love to meet you and work with you one-on-one!
  • At Seeds West, we are in urgent need of bilingual (Spanish & English) tutors for our Latino Expansion Program, beginning Summer 2019. Spanish-speaking students will begin classes July 2 in the evening.

How do I sign up for a training?

One training is all it takes to get started!

Where you attend training does not affect where you tutor. You may tutor at whichever location you prefer (Seeds East currently has the greater need).

Please fill out the form below to register for a training date. If you have questions, contact Sharon Farrer, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 216.661.7950 x115.