Become A volunteer Tutor

Two hours a week makes all the difference for a student learning to read.

How Often

Tutors work with the same student for an hour 1 or 2 afternoons a week September - April.

Substitute tutors fill in as needed and as their schedules allow.


STAIR’s user-friendly curriculum and assessment program is specifically designed to support our students on their literacy journey.

We ask all of our tutors to follow our curriculum. Doing so is of utmost importance as we measure progress and report back to school partners and parents. Our site staff is there to answer questions and provide support every step of the way.


Volunteers don't have to have any experience. You must be a freshman in high school or older to become a tutor.

All volunteers must also pass a background check.  


STAIR meets at various partner schools throughout the city.

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Tutoring takes place Monday - Thursday afternoons, typically between 3:30 - 4:45PM. Tutors are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

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All new and returning tutors fill out our application each school year. It takes about 15 minutes and is done online. You can get started today!


All tutors must participate in a 2-hour training.

Background check

The safety of students is of utmost importance.
All new tutors must complete a background check. Returning tutors are re-screened every 3 years.

Get paired with a student

Based on your preference, availability, and our current need, you will be placed at a site and begin your partnership with a Birmingham student.