Our mission: Connecting people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.
Literacy Connects is a volunteer-driven Tucson nonprofit serving over 55,000 children and adults annually through literacy and arts programming that create solutions to many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, Literacy Connects helps us all turn the page to a brighter future!
While each of our programs use different delivery models to achieve our mission, they are unified in their focus on student-centered relationships, the use of a strengths-based approach, and the inclusion of joy as a central ingredient for transformational learning. We understand that while building skills is critical, shifting attitudes and behaviors is essential to long-term success. When people come to identify as learners, readers, writers, creatives, and empowered citizens, their resilience increases along with opportunities to help themselves and others. As the premier literacy hub of Southern AZ, we connect individuals and groups from across the community to work together for long-term social impact.
The ABL Program Assistant will:
- Work as an integral member of the Literacy Connects’ ABL team to deliver high-quality, free literacy and GED preparation classes to adult learners at various locations around Tucson and online via Zoom.
- Teach or assist (as ready) in 1-2 ABL classes. Classes might include basic literacy in English, GED preparation (all subjects) in English or Spanish. Responsibilities include: creating class materials, facilitating small groups, individual tutoring and other duties as needed. Training and continuing education are provided.
- Assist in the coordination and delivery of on-site special projects and classes for ABL students. Examples of special projects/classes might include:
- Computer basics classes or tutoring for adult learners and/or volunteers
- Technology coordination and distribution to students in need
- Book access initiatives
- Provide office support (e.g., student registration, data entry, record-keeping)
The majority of hours will be during the normal workday (M-F 9:00-5:00); however, the schedule may be adjusted if the volunteer is teaching/tutoring in an evening class. Occasional weekend hours with advanced notice.
High school equivalency or higher required; background or interest in education, literacy, adult learning preferred
Ability to pass background check; comfort with and willingness to learn various technologies; enjoys people, is collaborative and self-motivated; bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
The core values that influence our organizational direction are Equity and Social Justice, Creativity and Imagination, Collaborative Relationships, Joy, and Transformational Learning. Attributes we seek in our board, staff and volunteers include: Passion and commitment to the mission, Adaptability, Willingness to take initiative, Collaborative, and Joyful. We are positive and always try to work from a place of gratitude.