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OUR PROGRAMS

Orange Literacy provides FREE tutoring services to help adults improve their skills and improve their lives. Students with Orange Literacy must be at least 18 years old. Tutoring is free and we provide textbooks, workbooks and other study materials. Sign up to become a student today.

ADULT

BASIC EDUCATION

Students in our Adult Basic Education program work with a tutor to improve reading and writing and/or math skills. We also help improve job skills. Students meet with their tutor twice a week.

GED/HISET INSTRUCTION

We tutor all four subjects of the GED, as well as the HiSET. We also help improve test-taking skills. Students meet with their tutor twice a week.

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

Students in our English for Speakers of Other Languages program learn English in one of our small classes. Our students are from all over the world and are at all levels of English. Classes meet twice a week.

FAMILY

LITERACY

We offer free English classes for parents with children from 7 months to 5 years of age. Parents and children are split into separate classes for part of the time, and spend part of the time learning together. Classes meet twice a week.* *For Orange County only.

DIGITAL

LITERACY

Learn the basics of using computers, smartphones and the Internet. Enhance your everyday life or boost your career by learning how to search the web, shop online, use common office applications and more.

  • How are tutors matched with their student(s)?
    Tutors are matched with students or classes based on their schedule and preferred volunteering location. Factors such as age, gender (if a preference is indicated), personality, and shared interests are also sometimes considered.
  • How soon can I get started?
    Our volunteer needs are always changing, and it is impossible to predict when specific needs will arise. Feel free to contact us at any time to inquire about our current volunteer needs.
  • When do your classes start and stop?
    Most small groups are ongoing. New students join as they enroll and continue throughout the year unless their schedule changes.
  • Why do I have to commit to tutoring for at least six months?
    There is no quick fix for low literacy or English-language skills, and improving them takes time and resolve on the part of our students. We expect volunteers to honor this resolve by serving for a minimum of six months.
  • Where will I tutor?
    Our tutors volunteer throughout Orange County, including in our Carrboro office, churches, libraries, schools, and other public spaces. We do not allow our tutors and students to meet in one another’s homes.
  • When will I tutor?
    We have classes and one-on-one tutoring from morning to evening each weekday. We work with tutors to find a time that fits their schedule.
  • What kind of training is provided to tutors?
    In addition to an initial training in the program of your choice, we provide continued support and feedback to all of our volunteer tutors. We also have frequent in-service trainings on specific teaching subjects and strategies.
  • What resources and materials are available to tutors?
    We make our extensive resource library of textbooks, workbooks, flashcards, electronic resources, games and manipulatives available to all of our tutors for use in our office or offsite. We also have a copier/scanner and computer lab in the office, as well as standard office and school supplies.
  • What do I do if a student asks me for help outside of literacy instruction?
    Tell us. We will put the student in contact with one of the numerous agencies in the region that provide assistance in areas other than literacy instruction.
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