We are now recruiting literacy mentors for summer programs, which begin July 3, 2018. For general program times, check out the volunteer application.

Deadline for the July - August term applications has been extended to Friday, June 8th.

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 volunteer applications from a wide range of backgrounds. 

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). Please note that during the summer term, we require a minimum commitment of 6 weeks (term runs for 8 weeks).
  • 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!
  • 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 volunteer? 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 behavioral needs

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

Deadline for summer program applications has been extended to Friday, June 8th, 2018.

Need more info? Check out our FAQs, take a look at the different types of programs on the application, or contact Sarah-Jane Hamilton, Manager of Volunteer Engagement.

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