Introduction to Project Read

                           A Project Read learner-tutor pair

In San Francisco, it is estimated that 80,000 adults--one in every five--have some difficulty with basic reading and writing. Since 1983, Project Read has provided free one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and ongoing instructional support to English-speaking adults who seek to improve their basic reading and writing skills. Project Read has trained more than 5,000 volunteers who have helped an equal number of adult learners identify personal literacy goals, improve their skills, and enhance their lives. Project Read tutors contribute approximately 10,000 volunteer hours each year to create a more literate San Francisco. Through direct outreach and partnerships with non-profit agencies and civic organizations, Project Read recruits learners and volunteer tutors while raising awareness of literacy issues. Project Read is a service of the San Francisco Public Library and is funded by the City and County of San Francisco and state grants. Support is also provided by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Learner and Tutor Services

  • Free one-on-one tutoring
  • Professional training for tutors
  • Instructional resources for tutors and learners
  • Ongoing evaluation and instructional support
  • Referrals to other educational programs
  • Easy-to-use computer learning lab
  • Skills-based workshops for learners
  • Family literacy services to encourage reading in the home

Learner Objectives

  • Improve basic skills to pass the GED exam or High School Equivalency test.
  • Enroll in higher education classes
  • Obtain jobs or earn promotions
  • Access public library and other community resources
  • Participate in the election process
  • Fulfill personal goals that enhance their lives at home, at work, and in the community
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Develop skills and strategies to help their children succeed in school
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