What is the People Educating People Volunteer program?
People Educating People (PEP) is the volunteer component of the Adult Education and English Language Acquisition (ELA) department at College of DuPage. PEP has been supporting adult learners since 1982.
What is PEP's mission?
To equip adult students with confidence and skills necessary for success in daily life.
What types of volunteer opportunities do you offer?
PEP volunteers primarily assist instructors as classroom tutors. PEP tutors work with adult students one-to-one and in groups (typically two to five students) in the following classes: reading, writing and basic math for persons without a high school diploma and beginning ELA. Some experienced PEP volunteers tutor adults one-to-one, independent of a class.
Persons who prefer to volunteer on an occasional basis are also welcome. PEP volunteers assist new students with the testing and registration process prior to each semester. Skilled volunteers help with special activities such as filing, mailings, word processing, data entry, video taping, writing a feature story, publicity and event planning.
What are you looking for in a tutor?
Tutors must be friendly, enthusiastic, patient and encouraging. They show respect, acceptance and tact. Their role demands flexibility, punctuality and dependability. These volunteers must have a high school diploma or a GED® certificate. A solid command of spoken and written English is required. Bilingual skills are not required. A desire and aptitude for helping others learn are essential for all PEP tutors.
Where are the classes held?
Classes meet at various sites in communities throughout DuPage County, including Addison, Aurora, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton, Wood Dale and Woodridge. Reading and/or math classes meet in Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Westmont, Wheaton and Woodridge.
When do classes meet?
Classes meet one to four days per week for two or three hours. Most classes take place Monday to Thursday in the morning or evening. A few classes meet on weekends.
What time commitment is involved?
Tutors commit to one session per week for a minimum of one semester. Other volunteers work as little as once per semester. PEP matches your interests and availability with the program's current needs.
What training is necessary?
PEP requires that all volunteer classroom tutors complete a 12-hour training series prior to working in the program. Training includes the following topics: PEP orientation, the adult learner, cultural differences, learning/teaching styles, instructional techniques, assessment, materials, resources and lesson planning.
PEP occasionally waives training if the applicant provides current documentation verifying the completion of an equivalent literacy volunteer training program that satisfies PEP training requirements. Volunteers for whom training has been waived will meet with the coordinator for an orientation to the program before starting.
Volunteers assisting in non-tutoring capacities receive on-the-job training unless special skills are needed.
What do volunteers say about their experiences?
"Rewarding, something to look forward to. A lot of fun, with two-way learning. Awesome!"
"Seeing my students improve week to week is gratifying. Their appreciation and hard work is positive feedback."
"These students are incredible! I'm grateful to have a small part in helping these wonderful, determined, generous people."
"My experience was both gratifying and pleasurable."
"I'm happy with the decision I made to volunteer my time for this program. The students are wonderful. Very rewarding."
Adult Education and ELA Office
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-3697
Fax: (630) 942-3804
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.