Project Read seeks to prevent and alleviate adult illiteracy in Utah County.
Project Read provides one-on-one tutoring services to help individuals improve their reading and writing skills sufficiently to meet personal goals, function well in society, and become more productive citizens. The goals of Project Read are met through the cooperation of community volunteers and other organizations that serve adults with low literacy skills.
What languages are offered?
Project Read offers a program for adult students who want to improve their reading and writing skills in English. Students whose native language is not English must take a speaking/listening comprehension proficiency test to be admitted into the program.
How did we begin?
Project Read began in 1984 through the efforts of the Provo and Orem City Libraries, the Provo City School District, and other concerned members of the community.
Where are we located?
Project Read’s main office is in the Provo City Library at Academy Square; however, tutoring can take place in any public location. Tutors and students regularly meet in the Provo, Orem, and Payson City Libraries; Deseret Industries; East Shore High School; the Center for High School Studies; the Scenic View Center; the Food & Care Coalition; Brigham Young University; Utah Valley University; and other local libraries.
Students need to…
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Be able to speak and understand English proficiently
- Require help to achieve a ninth-grade reading level
- Pay a $10 annual fee and $20 refundable book deposit
Volunteer tutors need to…
- Be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma.
- Speak, read, and write English fluently.
- Commit to twice-weekly 1.5-hour tutoring sessions, plus any preparation and travel time.
- Commit to a minimum of six months of service.
- Attend a 4-hour training session and bi-monthly skill enhancement workshops.