San Francisco Public Library

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

Learner Objectives