Become A STAIR Tutor

Two hours a week can make all the difference in the life of a student who is struggling in reading.

The above video will give you a glimpse of what a typical day at STAIR looks like for students and tutors. If you'd like to learn more about STAIR, the importance of childhood literacy, and the difference STAIR made in the life of a student named Jeremiah, you can do so here.

Requirements for Tutors

Tutors develop one-on-one relationships, which makes this volunteer experience such a rewarding and worthwhile effort. STAIR has an excellent, user-friendly curriculum that makes it easy for volunteers to follow with no outside prep time and no prior educational experience.

1. Commit to tutoring one or two days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) between the hours of 3:15-4:45PM from September through April. 
*Exception: Substitute tutors are called when needed to fill in for weekly tutors.
**Students: Please think through your sports and seasonal commitments and consider whether you can fully commit to your tutoring responsibilities. 

2. You must be a freshman in high school or older to volunteer with STAIR. We request that a parent/guardian of high school students accompany their student to new tutor orientation and sign up to be a substitute for their child when they are absent from their tutoring responsibilities. 

3. Attend an orientation.

4. Pass a background check. 

How to Become a Tutor

1. Sign up for an orientation on this page.

2. Attend an orientation where you will select a site, complete the background check, and fill out volunteer paperwork.

3. The Director of Volunteer Engagement will get you matched with your site.

4. Observe a seasoned tutor and student, if possible. 

5. Begin tutoring.

New Tutor Sign Up

This is a map of our sites located throughout Birmingham. You will select a site at your orientation. 

If you are a returning tutor, please fill out this Returning Tutor RSVP form instead.

Returning or New Tutor
General Orientation
Required for new tutors. Optional for returning tutors.
High School Student Orientation
This training is for High School students only. A parent is highly encouraged to attend orientation with their child and be a substitute tutor in case of their child's absence.
  • - STAIR Tutor

    "The program produces tangible results, allowing us to see the difference being made in these children’s lives."

  • - STAIR Tutor

    "STAIR is a wonderful program that helps meet the needs of children who just need a boost in reading. It is what retired people all over America need to be doing to fight illiteracy. Seniors who volunteer their time and talents with school children can become part of the solution to our educational woes today."

  • - STAIR Tutor

    "This is my third year as a Stair volunteer. The experience has been most rewarding for me. I look forward to being with my student every day."