Ch-ch-changes are happening at the Writers' Exchange.

Ch-ch-changes are happening at the Writers' Exchange.

Once upon a time, in a faraway land (actually, it was 2011 in Vancouver), Sarah Maitland, had a vision for a safe and fun program where inner-city kids could work on their reading and writing skills with the help of awesome literacy mentors.  After seven years, Sarah, our Co-Founder and Creative Director, has achieved that initial vision and is leaving the Writers’ Exchange to pursue new adventures. 

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Why Volunteer? (To Gain Experience Working with Kids in Schools Before You Apply for Teacher Education Programs, Obviously!)

Why Volunteer? (To Gain Experience Working with Kids in Schools Before You Apply for Teacher Education Programs, Obviously!)

Let’s not pretend that everyone has altruistic motivations for volunteering.

I mean, of course we all want to do good things and help communities and help children build literacy skills (right?), but everyone’s time is precious. The kind folks at the Writers’ Exchange understand this and are flexible in helping to create a schedule that works for volunteers, especially the kind of volunteer that is going to university. I am very grateful for this.

When I walked through the doors of the Writers’ Exchange, I had no idea what was in store for me. All I knew was that I wanted to be a teacher and needed a jumping off point. What I received was so much more than an entrance into the world of teaching.

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The Kids Share FREE Advice With You for #GivingTuesday!

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday the kids are giving you FREE advice! Here are the kids' answers to all your life questions: 

Do I have to accept my mom’s Facebook friend request?

  • You can if you want to but I think you should because she’s your mother and I bet she does a lot for you.
  • If I were you I would accept because otherwise she may think you’re hiding something and you shouldn’t keep secrets.

How do I get my boyfriend to work out with me?

  • If he doesn’t want to do it then just make him eat healthy. 
  • First of all, good for you for having a boyfriend and second, if you ask and he says no, tell him that you want him to do one simple thing for you. 
  • Ask him. If no, go by yourself
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Writers' Exchange Volunteer Showcase - Matt Perzow

Next up in our volunteer spotlight is the super-committed Matt. Many current mentors might know Matt from his extensive involvement with WE’s summer-time programs and after-school programs at our home base on Hastings Street. We feel so fortunate to have had his help with so many programs over the past two years! Matt is currently volunteering in Israel, and upon his return, he will continue studying psychology at UBC with the intention of specializing in Child Psychology. He shares much more about himself and his vast experience with WE below.

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