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Jewish Coalition for Literacy


Can you read this? That means you can help a child who can’t. In just one hour a week (or more – your choice!) you can help an at-risk child learn to love reading. Join the Jewish Coalition for Literacy as a volunteer reading tutor and make a difference in a child’s life. Volunteers are paired with K-3 students for one-on-one or small group reading support. Daytime, afternoon, and early evening hours are available. All volunteers must attend a free three-hour tutor training workshop.

Volunteer Role

  • One-to-one or small group reading support using read aloud approach
  • Organize book drives and book giveaways at JCL partner schools


Students or People Served

JCL tutors provide one-on-one or small group reading support for struggling readers grades K-3. We work in high- poverty, public elementary schools and after-school programs with large numbers of English Learner students, where most students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and underperform on state tests. We conduct workshops in English and in Spanish for parents with limited English skills to help them better engage their children in the reading process and make stories come alive. We also donate high-quality books and other reading materials to JCL students and their parents so they can read together at home.


Volunteer Times

JCL needs volunteer tutors both during school hours and after-school hours.  We have numerous tutoring sites throughout the Peninsula (and beyond) that need volunteers between the hours of 7:45am and 6:00pm.

Volunteer Commitment

JCL tutors are asked to make a commitment of one-hour per week for the duration of the school year, but many find they wish to do much more!  In addition, JCL also offers some summer tutoring opportunities during the summer months.

Volunteer Requirements

No previous tutoring experience is necessary! To become a JCL tutor you must attend an initial three-hour training and orientation session.  Volunteers are also required to submit the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of a recent negative TB test
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A brief criminal background check

Additionally, most schools require live scan fingerprints. You will receive more detailed information about tutoring requirements when you sign up for a training session.

 JCL operates in multiple school districts and follows the requirements of the particular school/tutoring sites with respect to minimum age. Generally, most schools require that an adult accompany volunteers under 16 years of age.


Sign up now for a tutor training session!

Contact Details

Contact Name: Aaron Vad
Contact Title:  San Francisco Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Contact Email:  avad@jcrc.org
Contact Phone:  415.977.7436 X100