Career Resources for Tutors

GVRL CareerThe Gale Virtual Reference Library offers many career resources online that tutors can use to help their students choose careers, including the 2014 edition of the Career Information Center. The GVRL can be accessed through the Florida Electronic Library web site at
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Become a Literacy Tutor/Volunteer

adult_teachingThe Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas has a waiting list of students in need of tutors. Literacy tutors provide one-to-one tutoring or small group tutoring to adults who need help with reading, writing, and/or speaking English.  Our volunteer tutors are dedicated to improving the literacy skills of immigrants (English as a second language or ESL) and American citizens needing basic literacy skills (adult basic education or ABE).
Interested tutors attend a five-hour training workshop, followed up with continued training and support once they are placed with a student.  The next tutor training will be offered during the fall of 2014.
LCUP asks tutors to make a commitment of a minimum of one year to work with their students. This allows tutors and students to build a trusting relationship and to see progress. Tutoring twice a week for 90 minutes per session is recommended although this can be changed to meet the student’s needs. Tutors are responsible for preparing lessons prior to tutoring sessions.
Qualifications: Tutors must be 18-years-old or more; dependable; prompt, interested in helping others; sensitive to different backgrounds and cultures; respectful of confidentiality; patient; optimistic/positive outlook; and have a good command of the English language and grammar. Computer literacy is helpful but not required.
Requirements: Tutors must be able to create a learning plan based on his/her student’s needs..
Benefits: There is great satisfaction in giving to others;  helping students to improve their literacy skills;  learning new skills in teaching and tutoring techniques; obtaining a deeper understanding of different lifestyles and cultures;  making new friends; and having fun!
If you have questions or would like more information about becoming a tutor, please contact the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas at 727-298-3080 ext. 1724
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Choose LCUP for Amazon Smile Program!

Internet superstore has launched a new corporate philanthropy program, the Amazon Smile Foundation, that will donate 0.5 percent of your purchases to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization such as LCUP,  which equates to five cents for every $10 spent!

To participate, go to the Amazon website via the new gateway, (Kindle Store and subscribe-and-save purchases are ineligible.) You will be prompted to select Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas from among a featured set, or search the database for our name, then start to shop. It’s that easy and part of your order purchase goes toward helping the cause of literacy and the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. Thank you for your support!

Amazon Smile Program and LCUP

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Student Essay Contest 2014

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas’s 5th Annual Student Essay Content is underway.   The deadline is August 31, 2014.  Winners will be announced and essays shared at the Volunteer Celebration Event scheduled for September 27, 2014 at Honeymoon Island State Park.


Theme: How Literacy Has Changed My LifeWriting image

Essays: One entry per student of not more than 500 words

Prizes: 1st $100       2nd $50           3rd $ 25

Assistance: Tutors may assist students with grammar and punctuation.

Submission: Please submit essays and the Essay Contest Application 2014 form electronically to You may use library computers for this.

Judging: A panel of three judges will determine winning essays.

Questions?  Contact Susanne Carter at


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Susanne Carter Appointed to LCUP Board of Directors

Susanne Carter, who recently retired to Dunedin, has been appointed to the LCUP Board of Directors and is serving as LCUP’s new treasurer and assisting with grant writing activities. Susanne is a longtime educator who served as grant writer for the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia for several years.  She has also helped several non-profit organizations write grants. While at MU, she volunteered as an ESL tutor for international students. Susanne is a frequent flyer at the library and an avid reader, especially of short stories. She recently started a blog entitled Short Story Insights ( She looks forward to supporting LCUP’s literacy activities. Welcome Susanne!



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