Volunteer Summer 2019

We are now recruiting literacy mentors for summer programs, which begin in July 2019. Deadline for the July - August term applications has been extended to 9 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019.

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 projects, such as:

  • Scavenger hunts

  • Plays

  • Magic shows

  • Giving Tuesdays (where our kids give advice to adults!)

  • Movie marathons

  • And much more!

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 2.5 hour shift for 6 out of 8 weeks of the summer term

  • able to volunteer during program hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • passionate about children's literacy and being an awesome role model for smart, creative kids

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

How do I become a volunteer? You must complete:

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

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

  • 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

  • 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 the July - August term applications has been extended to 9 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019.

Orientation dates for New Literacy Mentors:
Saturday, June 15th, 11:00am - 2:00pm or
Monday, June 24th, 5:45 - 8:45pm

The summer schedule is posted below.

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

Summer 2019 Schedule

Kids play literacy games, read, and complete fun writing projects and crafts. 

Grandview-Woodland Neighbourhood 
Mondays from 10:00am - 12:00pm, July 8th to August 19th, Grades 1 - 7      

Killarney Neighbourhood
Mondays from 10:00am - 2:00pm, July 8th to August 19th, Grades 1 - 7
(Mentors have a one-hour lunch break between 1:00pm - 2:00pm)     

Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood
Mondays from 12:30pm - 2:30pm, July 8th to August 19th, Grades 1 - 7    

Strathcona Neighbourhood
- Tuesdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm, July 2nd to August 20th, Grades 1 - 3
- Tuesdays from 12:30pm - 3:00pm, July 2nd to August 20th, Grades 4 - 7  
- Wednesdays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, July 3rd to August 21st, Grades 6 - 8
- Thursdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm, July 4th to August 22nd, Grades 1 - 3  
- Thursdays from  12:30pm - 3:00pm, July 4th to August 22nd, Grades 4 - 7

Renfrew Neighbourhood
Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm, July 10th to August 14th, Grades 1 - 7  

Hastings-Sunrise Neighbourhood
Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm, July 10th to August 14th, Grades 1 - 7