Volunteer Winter 2020

We are now recruiting literacy mentors for our winter programs, which begin in January 2020. 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 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 1.5- to 2-hour shift throughout the fall term

  • able to volunteer during program hours, which are usually between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. for in-school programs and 3 to 5 p.m. for after-school programs

  • 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 mentor? 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 behavioural needs

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

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

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.