There are approximately 40,000 functionally illiterate adults in York County. Many of them are earnestly seeking to improve their skills. The York County Literacy Council (YCLC) has students, both English as a Second Language and native born adults who are hoping for a volunteer tutor who will work with them as they study.

YCLC trains volunteers to become literacy tutors who help by teaching native-born, English-speaking adults to read and/or prepare for their GED exam. Tutors also teach English as a Second Language students to converse, read and write in English.

Volunteer tutors do not need a background in education to help someone to accomplish their literacy goals.

The next training session begins 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the United Way, 800 E. King St., York. After completing training, tutors will meet with a student once per week for up to two hours in a public location arranged by YCLC. YCLC coordinators will help you with materials and lesson planning throughout your tutoring experience.

Requirements to be a tutor are: High school diploma or equivalent, sensitivity, patience, reliability and attendance at the course, pending a preliminary interview.

Upon completion of the 15-hour course, tutors will be certified as ProLiteracy America volunteers. To register for training, call (717) 845-8719 or email