Become a Tutor

Tutoring at York County Literacy Council can be very rewarding and often friendships are established that last a lifetime. You may be the person to help someone become self-sufficient. Join others from our community and become a valued literacy tutor. York County Literacy Council (YCLC) credits its success to our volunteers. Without their dedication and assistance, YCLC would not be able to help York County residents improve their literacy skills.

As a newly trained tutor, you will be matched with a student to meet weekly for 60-90 minute a public location. Tutors assist Adult Reading and English as a Second Language students to improve their basic literacy skills by preparing lessons, giving homework, and encouraging their student through the learning process. Tutoring may take place in person or through remote learning.

YCLC also needs volunteers in other departments outside of tutoring. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or volunteer tutor, please click here to fill out our volunteer form.


High school diploma or equivalent; sensitivity, patience and reliability; and completion of a preliminary interview and certification course. Tutors select Adult Reading Student or English as a Second Language Student. They also select their tutoring times, location and reading level of their student. Registration is required.


Rosemary & her student“If you can spare two to three hours a week and want the satisfaction of helping someone achieve a better life, then becoming a tutor for the York County Literacy Council might be for you.  You don’t need any prior experience because training and teaching materials are provided for you, and there is always someone available to answer questions you may have. Meeting with your student once a week is a good experience because typically students are motivated to learn, and it is extremely rewarding seeing your student learn how to read better as time goes by. It is exciting seeing someone understand something for the first time because he/she can read better, and you begin to see hope in their eyes for a better job and future one day. You also get to meet some really great people and learn about other cultures because your student might originally be from another country or have a different heritage than your own.  Some students who are trying to prepare for GED testing may need not only tutoring in reading and writing, but also tutoring in math, social studies, and science which can make the tutoring sessions varied and interesting should you desire to branch out in this way. I highly recommend becoming a tutor for the York County Literacy Council because you will receive far more than you give out, and you will make a difference in your community one person at a time.”
– Rosemary


Tutor Training Schedule 

Online, self-paced training is available.  The training is free,  You MUST register for the training by calling 717-845-8719  Ext. 1003 or email  You will be asked to complete a Volunteer Information Form, provide references, and we will do a background check.  You will meet with our Tutor Coordinator before being matched with an adult student.