Tucson, Arizona

ELAA Program Assistant

Literacy Connects -- Tucson, Arizona

1 or 2 year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



ELAA Program Assistant (ELAA = English Language Acquisition for Adults – more commonly known as ESL or English as a Second Language)

Agency Description

Our mission: Connecting people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.

Literacy Connects is a volunteer-driven Tucson nonprofit serving over 55,000 children and adults annually through literacy and arts programming that create solutions to many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, Literacy Connects helps us all turn the page to a brighter future!

While each of our programs use different delivery models to achieve our mission, they are unified in their focus on student-centered relationships, the use of a strengths-based approach, and the inclusion of joy as a central ingredient for transformational learning. We understand that while building skills is critical, shifting attitudes and behaviors is essential to long-term success. When people come to identify as learners, readers, writers, creatives, and empowered citizens, their resilience increases along with opportunities to help themselves and others. As the premier literacy hub of Southern AZ, we connect individuals and groups from across the community to work together for long-term social impact.

Job Responsibilities

The ELAA Program Assistant will:

Work as an integral member of the Literacy Connects’ ELAA team to deliver high-quality, free English Language classes to adult immigrants and refugees at libraries, schools and community centers around Tucson and online via Zoom.

Teach or assist (as ready) in 1-2 ELAA classes. Responsibilities include: creating class materials, facilitating small groups, individual tutoring and other duties as needed. Training and continuing education are provided.

Assist in the coordination and delivery of on-site special projects and classes for ELAA students. Examples of special projects/classes include:

  • English learning opportunities for adult refugees who grow food in the community garden on our property
  • Career exploration and job search workshops and services for ELAA students
  • Student volunteering opportunities at Literacy Connects
  • Technology coordination and distribution to students in need

Typical Schedule

 The majority of hours will be during the normal workday (M-F 9:00-5:00); however, the schedule may be adjusted if the volunteer is teaching/tutoring in an early evening class. Occasional weekend hours with advanced notice.

Educational Requirements 

College graduate required; background or interest in other languages, cultures and teaching preferred

Other Requirements 

Ability to pass background check; comfort with and willingness to learn various technologies; enjoys people, is collaborative and self-motivated; bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred but not necessary

Organizational Qualities

The core values that influence our organizational direction are Equity and Social Justice, Creativity and Imagination, Collaborative Relationships, Joy, and Transformational Learning. Attributes we seek in our board, staff and volunteers include: Passion and commitment to the mission, Adaptability, Willingness to take initiative, Collaborative, and Joyful. We are positive and always try to work from a place of gratitude.


“My experience [with Literacy Connects] equipped me with skills in team building, strategic planning and service provision that I have taken with me to my career.” ~AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

“I feel a deep need to contribute to social justice on a local level. Literacy Connects is working to even the playing field in Tucson through education.” ~Volunteer

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