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National Mentoring Month: Invest Your Time by Helping Adults Achieve Educational and Career Success

19 January 2016

Did you know that over 80% of job-seekers in Philadelphia’s workforce development system are not ready to study at the high school level? They want to work, but understand that they need to increase their knowledge and skills in order to better support themselves and their families. The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy works to create opportunities that will support Philadelphians’ attainment of knowledge, skills, and credentials that lead to jobs and family-sustaining careers. Whether helping them navigate a career path or helping to guide their personal or professional development, having a strong support system is essential to their success. The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy offers opportunities for volunteers to become adult literacy tutors or mentors.

Mentoring Works

A mentor is defined as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; an influential senior sponsor or supporter.  

Mentors provide new adult learners with the guidance they need when life interferes with learning, the opportunity to know someone is supporting their efforts, and the encouragement they need to complete each step of the way. Mentors should be patient, have strong listening and communication skills, and should be able to commit to weekly meetings with their learner. Mentors themselves gain valuable experiences and recognitions they can add to their resume as well as the chance to help others and strengthen their communities.

As a part of these efforts to advance workforce literacy at the neighborhood level, The Commission collaborates with adult education agencies to engage volunteer mentors.



Requirements for Peirce College Scholarship and Drexel University Online Discounts

In addition to the Mentor Program requirements, those who wish to obtain the Peirce College Scholarship or Drexel University Online discounts must:

How to get started:

Call or email Nicole Daker at the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy for more information: 215.686.6047 or

You can also check out our website, for more stories and information!

Volunteer Tutor

Volunteer tutors offer educational support to adult learners who want to improve their basic literacy, numeracy, and digital skills in face-to-face, online, and/or blended instructional settings, and thus help these learners get a job, keep a job, and advance in their career and personal life.


Duties Include but are Not Necessarily Limited to:

Required Training:

How to get started:

Call or email the Volunteer Programs Manager at the Office of Adult Education for more information:  215.686.6079 or Volunteers

You can also check out our website, for more stories and information!


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