Learning Advantage (previously Reading Advantage)



Learning Advantage is a literacy program which pairs volunteers and adults with low literacy skills, for a period of approximately one year. Volunteer coaches help participants develop basic reading and writing skills, experience the joys of reading, and pursue individual goals. A student-centred method is utilized to build upon each individual’s needs, strengths, learning styles and life experiences.


To provide one-on-one coaching for adult Calgarians who want to improve their literacy skills and engage in lifelong learning activities

To support Calgarians in achieving their reading related goals

To increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs


Throughout the Year

2 hours a week


A strong commitment to adult literacy and interest in helping adults learn to read and write.

Ability to work independently with a learner

Excellent listening and communication skills

Flexibility, creativity and good problem solving skills

Demonstrated ability to accommodate a diversity of backgrounds and skill levels


Attend a one day training session


Help learners develop basic reading and writing skills to enrich their lives and promote lifelong learning

Develop and implement individualized learning plans based upon the learner’s goals

Develop and maintain learning journals, individualized learning plans and learner portfolio

Consult with learner and library staff to arrange mutually convenient meeting times, generally 2 hours per week. An additional 20–60 minutes is required for program preparation

Commit to participate in the program for a minimum of one year

Maintain regular contact with library staff to discuss the participant’s progress and activities

Respect confidentiality


Volunteers receive 13 hours of comprehensive core training, plus opportunities for supplemental training

Training includes an introduction to the CPL vision, mission, goals and core values; roles, responsibilities and expectations; boundaries (role of volunteer vs. staff); typical session; FAQ; and list of resources

All volunteer training takes place at the Central branch


Extremely rewarding opportunity to make an impact in a learner’s life as literacy is essential today in every facet of life: education, employment and relationships.

By working one-on-one with a learner, you have the opportunity to provide empowerment and lasting change in a person’s life.

Help Needed

All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please fill out an application and we’ll contact you when a position becomes available.



Emily Robinson Leclair



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