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Volunteer Training February 2018

Frontier College is holding volunteer training sessions February 3rd and 10th for new volunteer tutors! 

What is a volunteer tutor? Volunteer tutors assist learners in building their literacy and numeracy skills, which increases their confidence, self-esteem and opportunities for the future. Volunteers have the choice to work with kids, teens, or adults, one-on-one or in group settings in one of our twenty partner programs in and around Vancouver. On average, tutors spend two to four hours per week with the program partner and learners, assisting the program lead in planning and delivering the session activities. Tutors work directly with learners on their homework assignments, life skills, and other engaging, inclusive, and fun learning activities.

Why volunteer with Frontier College? 

Flexibility. Because of our many partnerships across the Lower Mainland, we are able to offer volunteers flexible options for location, timing, and who they will be working with. This means volunteers can find their best fit for a rewarding experience.

Experience. Volunteers receive free training from Frontier College, no previous experience required. Volunteers are eligible for a reference from Frontier College after 6 months in any of our programs.

Making a difference. Our volunteer tutors make a positive impact in the lives of their learning partners by supporting their educational goals, nurturing their confidence, and realizing their abilities. This partnership is a two-way street; in the words of one of our volunteers, “Make a difference in someone’s life, and let them change yours!”

Watch this video on our youtube channel, featuring testimonials from our tutors and participants, to learn more about what makes volunteering with Frontier College so great!

What are some examples of programs that need volunteers?

The African Children’s Homework Club is run by the Multicultural Family Centre for African children, or children of African descent. Children range from ages 6-12, many of whom are newcomers. Tutors assist children with homework, reading, writing, and story-telling in a community learning and homework club setting. This is a great opportunity for tutors looking to engage in a dynamic yet well-structured setting, that has a huge impact on children’s lives.

Discovery Club is an after school learning program run by Frontier College, in partnership with Morley Elementary School in South Burnaby. The coordinator works with tutors to plan and facilitate fun and inclusive learning activities. There is an emphasis on alternative learning styles and social connectivity. Many of the learners are newcomers, and most are facing social and emotional challenges. A typical day involves healthy snacks, a welcome circle, homework support, and active learning games that build friendship, self-esteem, and a love of learning.

Growing Together is an initiative in partnership with Koomseh, a transition housing branch of Atira Women’s Resource Society. Atira is dedicated to supporting women and children affected by violence by offering safe and supportive housing and delivering education aimed at ending all forms of gendered violence. The aim of Growing Together is to engage kids aged 3–12 in social and emotional learning through fun and inclusive literacy, numeracy, science, and nature-focused activities, often outside in the garden. Read more about what a Day at Koomseh looks like here!

We will be conducting placement interviews starting January 22nd, and volunteer training sessions will be held February 3rd and 10th. If you would like more information, or to receive an application package to become volunteer tutor, please contact Alicia Tallack at, or call 604-713-5848.

Posted: 1/5/2018 8:27:16 PM by Alicia Tallack

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