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Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council


Empowering a Community through Literacy

The Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council (GTALC) believes that literacy is the foundation of lifelong learning. It is the single most significant skill needed to function effectively in school, in the workplace and in society.  It is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life!

What is Literacy?

We define literacy as an individual’s ability to read, write, speak in English, compute, and solve problems well enough to function on the job, in the family, and in society—reading is the cornerstone for all learning and skill mastery. We learn to read, but as we grow older, we rely on our reading skill to advance in school and work and to make sense of the world around us.  Tutors can be caring adults who can make a difference in helping a person learn to read or improve their basic literacy skills!!

Becoming a Tutor

You don’t need any special skills to tutor. No advanced degrees or impressive resumes are required for making a difference in a person’s life.  Motivation, empathy, commitment and flexibility will make it possible for you to enter the adult learner’s world and establish yourself as a trusted guide, a valued adviser, and a cherished role model.

Literacy skills are the building blocks for success in our lives, work and communities. Our program is dedicated to improving opportunities for adults to increase their literacy skills so they can thrive in a progressively literate world. We seek to integrate knowledge, research, and practice to improve literacy and reading instruction.

There are three easy steps to becoming a tutor: 

    1. Sign up for and attend a Volunteer Orientation.
         *Contact the GTALC office for the next Volunteer Orientation date at (231) 922-6940. 
    2. Pre-register for and attend a Tutor Training workshop. 
    3. Complete the workshop and receive your Tutor Certification.

We ask tutors to commit to tutoring for at least one year and to meet at least two hours per week year round (vacations are ok).

Becoming A Student

The Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council offers free one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing and Math as well as English language skills to adults aged 18 years and older. Tutors work with a certified adult education instructor to build an individualized plan to improve basic skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How much time is required? Students need to commit to meet with a tutor for 1 to 2 hours a week. 
  2. How do I know where and when to meet my tutor? After an initial introduction, tutors and students decide on their meeting schedule (day, time, place).
  3. How much does it cost? Tutoring services are provided at no charge.
  4. How do I get tutoring services? Please call us at (231) 922-6940 or email us at if you are interested in becoming a GTALC student. Once we receive your request, we will contact you with further information.


Elise, Sarah and Elizabeth of Networks Northwest really made the Speak-Up Kalkaska Event successful, and we look forward to our continued partnership in completing the cooperative Master Plan Process.

Cash Cook, Kalkaska DDA Director