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About Us

Mission
Frontier College is a national literacy organization. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.

Values
Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health, and high unemployment. Our network of volunteers provides excellent and effective programming to improve literacy in communities across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. We value mutual respect and collaboration in all our relationships.

In order to achieve our mission, we are committed to finding and using innovative ways to reach the people who need us most. Our activities, programs, and services are inclusive of any individual for whom our assistance is welcome and needed.

Philosophy of Learning: Student-Centered Individualized Learning (SCIL)

We follow the Student-Centered Individualized Learning philosophy, meaning that people are active in deciding what they want to learn. We believe:

  • Everyone has a right to learn
  • We go where people are, rather than expecting them to come to us
  • Every place is a learning place
  • We value a tutorial partnership where the learner and tutor respect and learn from each other
  • We value the contributions learners, volunteers, and partners make in the learning experience
 
 Our Vision

To be a leading and results-driven literacy service partner.
Read our 2017-20 Strategic Plan
  • 85%
    of students
    improved personal strengths including classroom behaviour, coping skills, and creativity after attending a Frontier College program
  • 86%
    of educators
    rate Frontier College programs as very good-to-excellent and say our programs have a positive impact on students
  • 85%
    of parents
    say their child reads more at home as a result of attending a Summer Literacy Camp
  • 79%
    of volunteers
    describe their experience as very good-to-excellent
  • 89%
    of adult learners
    improve their personal strengths in 3 or more areas, including coping, planning, and school preparedness.
  • 92%
    of learners
    in the pre-apprenticeship program successfully completed the program and passed their exams
  • 80%
    of educators
    say they notice positive differences in the behaviours, attitudes, and school performance of Summer Literacy Camp attendees
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