We are thrilled that you want to join our team of volunteer mentors! Before you take the time to fill out this form, please check that you meet the minimum requirements:

  • 16 years or older
  • fully committed to attending the same weekly shift for a full program/term (see Programs and Times below)
  • able to volunteer during program hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (if you normally work during these times, check out our employee volunteering opportunities and get your whole team involved!)
  • passionate about children's literacy and not afraid to be wacky!
  • able to provide two personal or professional references

If you don't meet these requirements right now but still want to help out, please contact our Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Sarah-Jane Hamilton, to learn about other volunteer opportunities outside of our literacy mentor team.

Programs and Times:

In-School (Sept – June)
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
or 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Minimum commitment: the same day every week for 1.5 hours for 5 weeks

After-School (Sept – June)
Monday – Friday
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Minimum commitment: the same day every week for 2 hours for a full term (3 – 4 months)

Summer (July – Aug)
Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Minimum commitment: the same 2 to 2.5 hour shift every week for 6 weeks

You will need to provide an emergency contact and two references (names, phone numbers, and emails) in the application. PLEASE DO NOT START UNTIL YOU HAVE THIS INFORMATION READY!


You will receive an email within one business day outlining next steps. If you do not receive it, please contact Sarah-Jane Hamilton at sjhamilton@vancouverwe.com

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

—The Writers' Exchange Crew