Looking to Volunteer in the New Year? Become a Learning Partner in 2024!

January ELS

Happy New Year!    

The new year can be a time to reflect on goals and set new intentions for the months ahead.  Perhaps one of your goals for the new year is to become more involved in your community.  One way to do that is through volunteering!  Volunteering can have many positive benefits, including the chance to socialize and make new friends, develop new skills, and cultivate a sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

If you’d like to have a direct impact on the community in 2024, keep reading!  

Alameda County Library’s Education and Literacy Services provides community members with free 1-on-1 support to help them achieve their literacy goals, which encompasses, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Our services are available to both youth (ages 7-16) and adults (ages 17+). Learners are matched with a volunteer Learning Partner who will work with them on a weekly basis. Our volunteer Learning Partners are kind individuals with open minds who value patience, empathy, flexibility, and working collaboratively with our learners. They meet our learners where they’re at and aim to create a learning environment that is relevant to learners’ lives, goals, and needs. They understand that learning takes time, can be difficult, and that everyone learns differently.  

If this sounds like YOU, we invite you to join us during our upcoming Learning Partner orientation and training series! 

Learn more about our upcoming training series and requirements to become a Learning Partner:  

Learning Partner Orientation    

We are offering two upcoming orientations held virtually over Zoom. You only need to attend one, based on your availability 

Thursday, January 18   

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm 

Location: Online (ZOOM link provided upon registering) 

Saturday, January 20 

Time: 10:00-11:30 am 

Location:  Online (ZOOM link provided upon registering) 

RSVP Here 

Required Training Sessions for New Learning Partners 

Trainings will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings virtually over Zoom.  New Learning Partners must attend all training sessions. 

Training 1  

Tuesday, January 23 AND Thursday, January 25 

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm 

Location:  Online (ZOOM link provided upon registering) 

Training 2  

Tuesday, February 20 AND Thursday, February 22  

Time:  6:00-8:00 pm  

Location:  Online (ZOOM link provided upon registering) 

Learning Partners must be at least 18 years old, be able to read and write English proficiently, and make a 2-3 hour per week commitment to meet with their learner. No teaching or tutoring experience is required! We will provide ongoing training, support, resources, and materials.  

To RSVP to one of the upcoming orientations and express your interest in becoming a Learning Partner, please fill out this form

We hope to meet you soon at one of our upcoming orientations.  If you have any questions about becoming a Learning Partner, please reach out at 510-745-1480 or literacy@aclibrary.org.