We are now recruiting volunteer literacy mentors for winter programs, which begin in January 2020. For general program times and to apply to be a literacy mentor, check out the volunteer application. Programs take place in East and South Vancouver.

Application deadline for the January - March term is Monday, December 9, 2019.

Orientation dates for new literacy mentors will be announced soon.

If you love reading, writing and working with kids, then join our team of volunteer mentors! You can have fun while helping kids build their literacy skills and self-esteem through tutoring and creative writing projects. We encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTTIQQ2SA folks, Indigenous peoples, people of all colours, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities or another equity-seeking group with which you identify.

Who can volunteer? Anyone who is:

  • 16 years or older

  • fully committed to attending the same weekly two-hour shift for at least a full term (terms run from September to December, January to March, April to June, and July to August). Priority will be given to mentors who can commit for two or more terms.

  • able to volunteer during program hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • passionate about children's literacy and not afraid to be wacky!

  • adaptable, committed, compassionate, consistent, flexible, friendly, fun, genuine, kind, love to learn, open minded, relaxed, team player, trustworthy, and understanding

How do I become a literacy mentor? You must complete:

  1. the application form—once we receive this we can help you with the rest of the steps

  2. a criminal record check—free for anyone with a BC government–issued ID

  3. a three-hour orientation session—where you'll learn about the cool activities we do, what a typical shift looks like, safety stuff and some tips to make you a great mentor

  4. an hour-and-a-half training session that focuses on how to support the kids' emotional, social and behavioural needs

The entire process from application to being placed in a program can take up to two months.

Orientation dates for new literacy mentors will be announced soon.

Need more info? Check out our FAQs, take a look at the different types of programs on the application, or contact Liz Ellis, Mentorship & Development Coordinator.