Volunteer Fall 2018

We are now recruiting literacy mentors for winter programs, which begin in January 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 volunteer applications from a wide range of backgrounds. Did we mention we have snacks?

Deadline for the January - April term applications is Friday, December 21st.

Who can volunteer? Anyone who is:

  • 16 years or older

  • fully committed to attending the same weekly shift for a full program/term, although priority will be given to volunteers 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 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 December - March term applications is Friday, December 21st (deadline extended).

New Literacy Mentor orientations will run on the evening of Tuesday, January 8th, and during the day on Saturday, January 12th. Mentors only need to attend one 3-hour orientation.

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.