The nonprofit program trains volunteers to help local adults learn how to read, or improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, and attain their educational and vocational goals. Project Read always has a long waiting list of would-be students eager to learn, and the program welcomes new volunteer tutors.
No experience is necessary, and tutors and their students set their own hours. Materials are supplied by Project Read.
Training sessions are held at the Menlo Park Library. The Jan. 24 session is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and is followed by a Saturday, Jan. 28, session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A final session is a follow-up meeting for tutors who have started meeting with their students, giving them a chance to compare notes and seek advice on specific issues they may have encountered. The follow-up will be an evening session, but the date has yet to be determined.
Those interested in being a tutor but who can't attend the next scheduled sessions can receive DVD training and resource material through the Project Read office at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St.
The nonprofit program has provided free tutoring to more than 2,000 local residents since its founding in 1985.
For more information or to register for the tutor training sessions, call 330-2525, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to projectreadmenlopark.org.