Literacy is for Everyone (L.I.F.E.)

The Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) program matches volunteer tutors with adults who need help with reading, math, spelling and writing and assists persons in developing their literacy skills up to the 9th grade academic skill level.


  • You must either live or work in Illinois.
  • 17 years or older.
  • Not currently enrolled in high school or secondary education/college.
  • You must read at a 9th grade reading level or below.

There is no cost for qualified students.

Call 309-796-5702 for more information or the Literacy Hotline at 309-755-9801 to become a tutor or to be placed with a tutor.

How can I volunteer?
Volunteers are needed to help adults needing assistance in achieving functional skills in reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic or English as a Second Language. The LIFE Program was created to provide a second chance to adults who have not yet attained their desired or needed literacy level. To become a volunteer tutor, call 309-796-5702.

LIFE provides training sessions and then matches tutors with students based upon available times, tutoring site locations and learning/teaching styles.

More than 100 sites – including libraries, churches and community centers – have been established in the various communities within Black Hawk College service area.


Last updated 7/5/2013