Project Literacy

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Project Literacy 

Project Literacy is an adult and family literacy program. We provide FREE one-on-one tutoring services for English-speaking adults age 18 or older. All tutoring sessions are in English. Due to the pandemic, all Project Literacy tutors and learners meet online using Zoom, Skype, or other online meeting platforms.  


How Does Project Literacy Work? 

You choose your own schedule and Project Literacy matches you with a trained volunteer tutor. You and your tutor will meet online, one-on-one, every week for 2 hours. Your tutor can help you:

    • Write a resume 
    • Read a book 
    • Read and understand forms 
    • Fill out applications 
    • Write and send emails 
    • Read to your child 
    • Read the newspaper 
    • Register to vote 
    • Study for tests (GED, Citizenship test, drivers’ test, etc…) 
    • and more!

Improve Your English


To qualify for Project Literacy, you must:

    • Be 18 years old or older and not currently enrolled in high school 
    • Speak English 
    • Read and/or write below the high school level 
    • Commit to work on basic reading and writing for 6 months or more 
    • Meet online with a tutor for 2 hours per week

Join Us for a Conversation Club! 

Our Conversation Clubs are open to adults who are looking to practice their English speaking and conversation skills in a fun and supportive environmentThe Conversation Clubs are led by trained volunteer tutors who are happy to assist participants in conversation and English speaking practice. All Conversation Clubs are held on Zoom. 


Feel free to sign up for any (or all!) of our Conversation Clubs below. Click on the dates to register for a Conversation Club on Zoom: 


November 2021


Winter Conversation Club dates coming soon!

Project Literacy seeks volunteer literacy tutors year-round and holds tutor training opportunities throughout the year.


Volunteer tutors must:

  •  Be 18 years old or older and have a high school diploma or GED
  • Speak, read, and write English well
  • Complete our free tutor orientation and both training workshops
  • Commit to at least 6 months of volunteering
  • Tutor a minimum of 2 hours per week
  • Pass fingerprinting/Live Scan

Questions? Email or call 510-577-3944

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Who is Project Literacy for? 

Project Literacy is for any English-speaking adult age 18 or older who is not currently enrolled in high school. Project Literacy is for both native English speakers and non-native English speakers who want to improve their basic reading and/or writing skills. 


If I don’t speak English, can I be tutored in my first language?  

No. All instruction is in English. 


What if I want to learn English?  

Project Literacy is a basic reading and writing program, so you will spend most of your time working on reading, writing, and speaking with your tutor. You must be able to have a conversation in English to meet with a tutor and be able to communicate on the phone and over Zoom in English. It is very important for you to practice speaking and listening in English every day. 


Who will teach me? 

You will be working with a volunteer literacy tutor. This person has been trained by Project Literacy to help you with basic reading and writing. This person is giving time to you and to the program and is working for free. 


Do you have anything to help kids? 

Project Literacy is only for adults, 18 and over, who read below the high school level. If you are a Project Literacy learner meeting with a tutor you will get books and information to help your children who are under 14. 


Click here to read more Frequently Asked Questions 


Contact Us

Project Literacy 


San Leandro Public Library — Main Library 

300 Estudillo Avenue 

San Leandro CA, 94577