Our adult Literacy Council program provides supportive and enriching educational experiences to nurture the potential of everyone in our community, especially those who struggle with reading, writing, and English language skills. Students meet weekly with their tutors at a local library. The adults in the program improve their reading skills so that they can read to their children, enter employment, or earn their high school equivalency. 

  • Reach New Goals
  • Supportive Educational Experiences
  • Increase Self-Confidence
  • Improved Reading Skills
  • Supportive Community

While our programs are based on the unique needs of our students and tutors, they all have one thing in common: the people.

Potential students will meet with one of our staff members as part of the registration process. This appointment usually lasts about 1 hour and will include a discussion on the student's goals, availability, and a reading/English language assessment. To schedule an appointment contact Michelle Peeler, michelle.peeler@gwrymca.org or 314-776-7102

Sign up for reading tutoring

Sign up for English Language tutoring

We partner with libraries in the bi-state region to provide this program at convenient locations throughout the community. Students and tutors can also meet at a YMCA location near them.

Our adult students meet with their tutors 1-2 hours weekly for a year at a library that is convenient for them. The tutor and student will work on specific skills the student needs to meet their literacy and English language goals. 

Is there a cost to this program?
This is a free program for adults struggling with reading or English language skills. 

Do I have to be a YMCA member to participate in this program?
No. This program is a free program we offer to our community regardless of YMCA membership. 

Can I register a family member/friend for this program?
Due to the student commitment level of this adult program, we ask that the potential students reach out to make the appointment. We understand there are situations when that might be difficult for some and we are happy to have a family member/friend assist the student in the contact for registration.