Project Second Chance, the Library’s Adult Literacy Program

Project Second Chance

The Library's Adult Literacy Program

Adults who read or write in English at or below a 6th grade level get basic literacy instruction with volunteer tutors that Project Second Chance (PSC) trains and supports.

Call (925) 691-3960 or email to become a learner or to volunteer as a tutor.

Tutoring is:

  • free and confidential
  • one-on-one
  • 2x/week for 90 minutes
  • by trained volunteers
  • according to personal schedules
  • virtual or in-person at a public place, usually the local library

If you know an adult who needs help with basic reading, writing, or spelling, please encourage them to call PSC or their local library.

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Locations and Hours

(Non-Library Location)

2151 Salvio St., Ste. 299

(925) 691-3960

Virtual evening appointments available.

Mon. - Fri. | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

501 W. 18th St.
(925) 754-8317

PSC staff available by appointment Wednesdays and Thursdays.

104 Oak St.
(925) 516-5285

PSC staff available by appointment Tuesdays and Fridays.

109 Civic Dr.
(510) 307-9937

PSC staff available by appointment Tuesday-Thursday.

Pleasant Hill
2 Monticello Ave
(925) 349-0883

PSC staff available by appointment Mondays.

San Pablo
13751 San Pablo Ave.
(510) 307-9937

PSC staff available by appointment Monday-Thursday.

Who are PSC Learners?

PSC learners:

  • read, write, or spell in English at or below a 6th grade level
  • are native English speakers or English learners who can have basic conversations in English
  • want to learn to read, write, spell, and sometimes speak better in English
  • are 16 years of age or older and not in high school

PSC Learner Voices:

Six PSC learners (audio)
Gladys (KGO radio interview)
Oscar and Lora  (StoryCorps conversation)
In Our Words, Volume 10 (learner writings)

Become a PSC Tutor

PSC tutors are trained volunteers who:

  • are comfortable with their own English reading, writing, and spelling
  • meet with a learner for 90-minute lessons twice a week for at least six months
  • commit to tutoring a learner for at least six months
  • complete PSC’s training program, with no teaching experience required

Get started today by completing a 30-minute online PSC Prospective Tutor Orientation to help you decide if becoming a volunteer tutor is the right fit for you. Once you’ve completed the orientation, PSC staff will contact you about registering for the next available tutor training class, offered several times a year.

What is PSC, Inc.?

PSC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit fundraising and advocacy board whose mission is to develop financial resources and promote public awareness to support Project Second Chance. Board members include: Elizabeth Bognar (Secretary); Lisa Cline; Ann Marie Foley; Romi Graham; Michael Marable (President); Susan Schneider; and Rob Venema (Treasurer).

To donate to PSC, Inc., visit PSC, Inc. also accepts donations through employer matching programs and charitable giving campaigns.

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