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Literacy Programs in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. In Winnipeg, we recruit volunteers to work with learners in the following literacy programs. We screen and train all of our volunteers before they go into the community. For more information or to volunteer with Frontier College in Winnipeg, please call 204-253-7993 or email

Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps

In the summer of 2009 we launched our first Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camp in Manitoba. The Little Miskwaadesi (Turtle) Camp is in Hollow Water First Nation, north of Winnipeg. This camp has been generously supported by the Government of Manitoba and many of the literacy activities are linked to healthy living and physical fitness.

On average, 50 to 60 children will have the opportunity to attend the camp throughout July and August. Curriculum includes literacy games and activities, community specific content, and an overarching theme that emphasizes the fun of reading and writing. Literacy is embedded into fun camp activities (e.g. scavenger hunts and games like tag). Camp counselors are hired, from the community, and receive an extensive orientation and literacy training. Aboriginal specific content is developed through the involvement of Elders and members of the community . More information about Frontier College Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps.

Reading Circles

Reading Circles are offered for children from 5 to 11 years old who are having difficulties with reading, writing, and numeracy. Tutors read with children on a one-to-one basis, helping when necessary. Tutors also provide an opportunity for children to participate in literacy based activities, games, or crafts.

Homework Clubs

Homework Clubs are geared towards older children, 10 to 15 years of age. Children bring homework, from school, to the program and tutors are available to help in a variety of subject areas.

The Junior Chefs program is a drop-in homework program for youth that encompasses kitchen management, food preparation, and literacy all in one. The youth practice their reading, writing, and math skills while reading recipes, measuring and preparing food.

One-to-one Tutoring with Children and Adults

The Families Learning Together program is for newcomers to Canada and their families. Tutors are available to help participants learn and develop English language skills. Sessions are determined by what participants want and need to learn in order to participate in their community.

One-to-one and Small Group Tutoring with Youth

Tutors work in a classroom at various local schools on a one-to-one basis or in small groups with students who need support improving their reading and writing skills or completing homework. Days and times vary depending on tutor availability.

For more information or to volunteer with Frontier College in Winnipeg, please call 204-253-7993 or email