Be A Tutor


Literacy Volunteers of America – Prince William (LVA-PW) is here for one reason – to help low-literacy students improve their English writing, reading, and speaking skills.  These life changing skills help our students realize their personal goals, and help them participate, contribute, and prosper in the very communities in which they live.  No words can describe the positive nature of your work as a Volunteer Tutor at LVA-PW.

As a Volunteer Tutor with LVA-PW, you lead the way.  As an instructor, either on-line, on-site or both, you will change the lives for so many low-literacy adult residents of Prince William County.  Go to Be A Learner for information on the types of classes offered to our Learners.

Tutor-time . . . What kind of a commitment is necessary?

Tutor training and certification, from start to finish, should take no more than 13 hours over one month.  The following information details the process.  There is a $50 tuition fee with registration.  The fee offsets costs associated with our tutor training program.

Step1: Program Registration

Complete the “Literacy Tutor Training” registration form (see link below) and submit to our office.

Step 2: Complete Paperwork

You will receive an information packet with paperwork to complete.  The paperwork must be filled in its entirety before continuing in the process.

Step 3: Complete online training

You will receive a link from LVA-PW to complete tutor training on ProLiteracy.  You will be responsible for creating a membership account and completing the modules designated by LVA-PW (to be provided).  Submit your test results for each module to:

The online training includes modules on foundational topics such as lesson planning, conversations, reading and writing.

Step 4: Complete shadowing experiences

Upon completion of your on-line training with ProLiteracy, you will participate in shadowing experiences to include one ESL class and one Conversation class, preferably one in person and one Zoom.  We will provide options.

Step 5: Attend Orientation

Attend orientation in person with our LVA-PW Team at our office.  You will receive additional resources and program information.

You are an LVA-PW Volunteer Tutor

Upon completion of our training program, you will be ready to begin your LVA-PW tutoring experience and provide the gift of literacy to our students!

When you become a tutor with LVA-PW, our hope is that you can commit at least 2-hours weekly to a class setting, either on-line or in-person.  We understand that may not always be possible and that’s certainly OK with us.  Just let us know in advance that you can’t attend a class and we will find a substitute tutor to fill in.

Once you are assigned a class, we take care of all the details. We provide the students, assessments (if required), attendance sheets, tutor materials, and everything else that’s needed.  We even handle sending the Zoom links for on-line instruction to you and all your students as well.  We are with you every step of the way!

It’s your time, it’s your commitment.  Keep in mind, for every hour you can provide to a low literacy adult student at LVA-PW, you help that student move one step closer to having the self-confidence necessary for them to prosper and contribute to the very communities in which they live.

Let’s get started

Fill out the Registration Form below on this page.  Email your application  to: or call 703-670-5702 for more information.  We will be in touch.

Previous tutoring experience is not required; we will train you.


Join us as a Volunteer Tutor Today.
Take the first step to providing the Gift of Literacy