About Us


Washtenaw Literacy's purpose is straightforward:

We help adults change their lives through literacy.


Our organization has over 40 years of experience in helping individuals improve their reading, writing, math and English as a second language skills.

Our core program is Personal Tutoring. This is the approach our first volunteer tutors used in 1971. The reason we still use it today is because it works. Over 90% of adults in our Personal Tutoring program reach one or more of their goals. Part of this success stems from our "designer tutor" approach. We train each of our volunteer tutors to plan sessions according to the learner's strengths, needs, and goals. Adult learners in our program are motivated because they are setting, and meeting, their own standards for success.

Since March 2020, we have paused all of our in-person tutoring. However, our tutors continue to cater to their learners' goals through our Virtual Tutoring program. This is a new program that we hope to further develop and continue in the future even after in-person tutoring resumes.

The emphasis on learners' goals carries over to our other primary mode of program delivery, Open Tutoring. Like Personal Tutoring, in-person Open Tutoring is on hiatus due to COVID-19. Traditionally in this program, tutors help an individual or cluster of learners, either in our computer lab or a class-like environment, where multiple tutors are working with multiple learners in the same place at the same time. Learners seek to improve skills on a flexible, drop-in basis. Learners have the freedom to search for the tutor that best fits their needs. We are exploring ways to provide this program virtually.

Our focus on individual goals makes our program unique in the county. Washtenaw Literacy is a critical part of our community's educational continuum. Someday we hope to have no need for our services. Until then, we'll support our volunteer tutors as they help low-literate men and women improve their skills and their lives.