The Y Community Adult Literacy Program is seeking volunteer tutors to teach students in Pacific, St. Clair, Union and Washington.

Franklin County has adults who would like to improve their skills in reading and speaking English. The Four Rivers YMCA provides the structure for this service, but needs more citizens who are willing to “give back to their community” by tutoring adults.

The Y Community Literacy Council’s next training session for potential volunteer literacy tutors will be Monday, June 25, at Scenic Regional Library, Union. This free training will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is required by the YMCA for all tutors.

At present the Y Literacy Program has over 40 tutors working with adult students. Volunteers work in a variety of situations.

“Some of our students are English as Second Language students from other countries and who would like to improve their knowledge of English. Another group of students are in HISET classes and want to get their high school degree,” said Diane Schwab, literacy coordinator. “Some tutors work in classrooms helping students get a better job, get a driver’s license, and study for the citizenship test. Our adult students have a wide variety of individual goals.”

The free tutoring is generally one hour a week at a public library.

Attending the training session in no way commits someone to become a volunteer. It’s the first step for people who have an interest in helping others to see if adult literacy tutoring will be a good fit for them.

For more information or to register, contact Diane Schwab at 636-239-5704 or