The Augustine Literacy Project changes lives, two at a time.

A child’s life is changed when he/she begins to acquire the literacy skills of reading, writing, and spelling and to feel confident in the classroom.

An Augustine tutor’s life is changed when she/he sees the light of understanding, the “Aha!” moments that happen for a child who has been struggling with reading aloud in front of his peers or who has experienced daily failures in spelling words that everyone else seems to get easily.

The great strength of our program is the dedication of our tutors who continue their work long after they have fulfilled the original 60 hour commitment.

Augustine tutors come from many different neighborhoods in our community, but share the bond of knowing what it means to help a child learn to read.

To become an Augustine tutor, a volunteer completes the Augustine Training class and commits to provide free one-on-one, long-term tutoring to a low income child.

Join us at an Information Session to learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor!

Due to current closures, group information sessions will not be held. However, please “RSVP” if you are interested in being contacted by an ALP staff member to learn more about ALP tutoring.  The need for Augustine tutors will be even greater when schools reopen and we’d love to talk to you!

“RSVP”/Contact ALP’s Engagement & Recruitment Manager, Helen Hope Kimbrough at

The following training classes are scheduled for the 2019-’20 school year:

September 21-25, 2020

October 5-9, 2020

October 19-23, 2020

      check back for Winter 2021 classes!

Class runs 9:00-3:30 daily.

If you are not already on our mailing list and would like to receive updates about training, please subscribe to our newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page, or email

 Cost of Training:

For those who commit to providing 60 hours of pro bono tutoring to a low income child, the cost is $250.  Scholarship money is available.

For those not interested in tutoring through ALP, but who are seeking information and experience with multi-sensory reading instruction, the cost is $1200.

If you are interested in becoming an Augustine Tutor:

ALP Application Fall 2020 PDF or ALP Application Fall 2020 WORD DOC and return it to, or mail it to Augustine Literacy Project, 115 West 7th Street, Charlotte NC, 28202.




“This is the best training I have ever experienced. I am leaving feeling prepared, excited and inspired!”

Training Class Evaluation


“I want to express my gratitude for this organization.  I was inspired by the work that you do for our youngest readers and for enriching the community-school relationships.  Schools just can’t do it alone. I found each day of training to be so intentionally planned, provocative, and thoughtfully paced for your learners. I wish all teachers were given the same amount of time to collaborate and learn in such a risk-free, supportive environment.”

Keri Bartholomew, Winter 2017 Training (former first-grade teacher)