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If you can’t attend our volunteer orientation but are interested in volunteering, call us at 507-401-7337 or email literacy.swmn@gmail.com so we can find a time that works with your schedule.

Our mission is to support the literacy goals of adults and families living in Southwest Minnesota through personalized quality tutoring, community partnerships, and advocacy.

SUMMER PROGRAMS: We have several adult learners waiting for tutors.  We are eager to get some new tutors trained to work with them! We also need tutors to assist with the programs below.

Turkey Valley Farms – We provide tutoring to TVF employees on Mondays starting at 4:30 p.m.  Most learners are working on their English language skills, but some are also working toward a GED.

Drop-in Tutoring – We provide tutoring on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. for adults with a range of literacy goals and literacy abilities.  We work on English language skills, conversation and speaking, test prep (GED, ACT, TOEFL, ASVAB), transitions to college, math, and other content areas. We meet at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1301 South 4th St., Marshall, MN.

Tech Tutors are available at the Marshall-Lyon County Library on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. in the library’s computer lab.  Tutors can assist with basic computer skills, tablet use, setting up email accounts, learning Internet search strategies, and other similar tech needs.

ECFE/Karen Family Literacy – This program also meets at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1301 South 4th St., Marshall, MN. We meet with adults, children, and youth from the Karen speaking community from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays through July (except for July 2).  Thanks to a grant from United Way of Southwest Minnesota, we have an ECFE teacher who plans lessons and activities for the younger children and their parents.

Our STEAM-ED after-school program at Marshall Middle will start again the week of September 15th.  We are currently recruiting tutors and mentors to work with English language learners in this program.

We welcome questions from potential learners and volunteers. Please email us at literacy.swmn@gmail.com or call at 507-401-7337 for more information.

NAVIGATING OUR SITE: If you’re looking for a tutor, click  For Learners. If you are interested in tutor training, click  For Tutors.  If you’d like to know more about other volunteer opportunities, click  Volunteering.

We work with adult learners who are at least 17 years old and no longer in high school.  We offer tutoring in reading, writing, speaking, listening,  math, computer use, GED (high school equivalency) preparation, or English for non-native speakers.  For more information, please click  For Learners.

Tutors  receive professional training and continuing education.  Anyone 18 or older who can read, write, and speak English well can be trained as a literacy tutor. Tutors do not need to be professional teachers or have a college degree.  Potential tutors complete a registration form and are required to participate in an interview.  For more information, please click  For Tutors.

Our website is always being updated!  Thanks for your patience.

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