Tutors are on the front lines of MLP.  They help deliver the literacy services adults in Macomb County have come to depend on.  Tutors are trained through a program over several hours.  Once they are trained, they choose the times they want to volunteer to help an adult student in our classes or, in rare and special cases, are matched with a student to work one on one outside of the classroom.  MLP offers “Homework Helpers” for the children (grades K-8) of our adult students.  You might qualify to tutor a child in our “Homework Helpers” room.

Tutors often become more than literacy advocates – they become friends and sometimes a lifeline to a new place and culture.  If you are considering tutoring, please review some of our frequently asked questions below.

Who can become a volunteer tutor? 

  • Tutors must be at least 18 years of age
  • Tutors must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Tutors must relate with sensitivity and compassion
  • Tutors must maintain confidentiality, demonstrate patience & perseverance

How will I know what to do?

  • Tutors are required to complete the online tutor orientation and a five-hour tutor training program.
  • Our training programs will teach you the fundamentals of tutoring a student while in a teacher led classroom.

Where and how often do I tutor? 

  • Right now, we hold classes on the campus of Macomb Community College in Clinton Township. It’s on the Southwest corner of Hall and Garfield Roads.
  • We ask for a 12-week minimum commitment to tutor 2 or 4 hours per week during the following times:
  • Winter 2018 semester begins January 22 and ends in late April
    • Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-6:30PM adult & child classes
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6:30PM adult & child classes
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Extra tutoring opportunities may be scheduled during the semester – workshops, conversation groups, etc.

Who will I tutor? 

  • Some of our students were born in the U.S. but struggle with reading and writing.  Some attended very little school and others have graduated high school.
  • Some students need to learn to read, write and speak English

Why should I be a tutor? 

  • To help an entire family work toward a better future
  • To break the generational cycle of illiteracy
  • To give someone learning English a lifeline to our community
  • To help someone read vital information such as a prescription bottle or warning sign
  • To meet like minded, generous volunteers and work toward a common goal
  • To enhance your resume, especially for education and human service fields

Complete the online orientation to sign up for tutor training!