Blue Ridge Literacy offers training for our volunteers throughout the year. We offer a hybrid training, which incorporates digital training models and face-to-face interaction with BRL's Program Director, as well as a face-to-face training at our offices during the weekend. Depending on your schedule, you can choose the training option that works for you!

Teacher Training

Volunteer Teachers work with small- to medium-sized classes of ESOL learners at a variety of locations, including BRL, local schools, and/or churches for two hours per week.

Tutor Training

Volunteer Tutors work one-to-one with an adult literacy learner at any public location, including BRL, a public library, or a coffee shop for two hours per week.

Our trainings introduce volunteers to working with adults, teaching in a classroom environment, and working with ESOL learners of different literacy levels. Our mixed-methods approach to training will keep you engaged throughout the session, and you will leave BRL with several different strategies under your belt. 

Upcoming Training Dates

Upcoming Training Dates

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Tutor Training 
Saturday February 1, 2020

Raleigh Court Branch Library

2020 Training Dates

All trainings occur from 10am-3pm.  There is a $30 fee for training, and we provide a light breakfast, lunch, and all materials.

Tutor Training 
Saturday February 1, 2020  Raleigh Court Branch Library
Saturday April 4, 2020  Williamson Road Library 
Saturday June 6, 2020  Jackson Park Library

Saturday August 1, 2020  Melrose Library

Saturday October 3, 2020 Gainsboro Branch Library


706 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24016, USA



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At Blue Ridge Literacy, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and volunteers without regard to sex, race, color, nationality, religion, political belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.  Blue Ridge Literacy believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success as a local nonprofit, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.