Widespread ImpactLiteracy Works strengthens non-profits all over Chicago. Over 50 member organizations receive exceptional training for their adult education staff and volunteer tutors.
Experience from the FieldWe create engaging workshops for adult learners, then share our innovative methods of instruction with literacy professionals.
The Literacy-Employment ConnectionWorkforce development programs turn to Literacy Works to ensure that their services are engaging and effective for job-seeking clients with low literacy.
Hands-on ApproachRecognized as experts in adult education, our staff creates dynamic trainings that help English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Parent Education instructors improve their practices.
Intergenerational LearningWe provide parents with creative ways to help their children become eager readers and enthusiastic learners, so they will succeed in school.
Tutors for adults are needed more than ever.
Due to the state budget impasse, a majority of Literacy Works' member agencies have not received funding since June 30th . Operating on shoestring budgets, many of these programs have been forced to suspend services, lay off staff, or shut down entirely. For those programs that remain open, volunteers are more essential than ever.
Until our vital network of professional instructors can return to their work, volunteers are sustaining services by tutoring the most vulnerable adult learners.
If you are no longer tutoring but might consider returning, now is the time!
To find out more about becoming an adult literacy tutor, click here to fill out a short application or call us at
Literacy Works offers introductory training to tutors of English as a Second Language & Adult Basic Education. The training is free for volunteers who tutor at one of our 50 member agencies.
Contact us to learn more and sign up for training.