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Programs for Children and Youth

Frontier College works with children and youth to build their literacy and numeracy skills, diminish summer learning loss (which is a drop in student performance between school years), and foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Our National Student Success Program includes one-to-one and small group tutoring sessions, summer literacy camps, and informal events where people share ideas and read together. For detailed information about what’s happening in your area, take a look at your local page.

Frontier College's activities also include workshops and conferences for parents, caregivers and community organizers so they can better support children and youth.

Homework Clubs
Homework Club participants meet one-to-one or in small groups with volunteer tutors to read, write, do homework, play word games, and do other activities that supports learning and literacy. Tutors and students meet at least once a week.
One-to-One and Small Group Tutoring
Tutors work one-to-one or in small groups to focus on the individual learner’s strengths, knowledge and experiences, with the aim of providing learning support for and building self-esteem in young learners. These programs occur in a range of places, including schools, community centres, libraries, and shelters.
Reading Circles
A reading circle is a place where children and volunteers read together to enjoy books and stories. Some of our reading programs offer a structured approach to learning how to read, while others are more informal gatherings of people reading together.
Reading Tents
Reading tents have been a part of the Frontier College framework from the earliest days of our work. Today, reading tents are part of our summer programming and give children and families a place to read books, hear stories, and engage in fun literacy activities.
Summer Literacy Camps
The Summer Literacy Camps program began in 2005 as a pilot partnership between the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Hon. James Bartleman—a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation—and five fly-in First Nations in northern Ontario. Since then, this successful program has expanded to over 100 communities and serves thousands of Indigenous children and youth across the country.
The program supports supports First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) student success by complementing the formal education system and responding to a need for quality supports in rural, remote, and isolated communities, especially during the summer. The camps provide a safe and supportive environment, with activities to help prevent summer learning loss—the decline in student performance between school years—and promote a love of reading and learning so that students return to school better prepared to learn and succeed.
Workshops and Book Donations

Frontier College also organizes free conferences, training sessions, idea exchanges, and networking opportunities to unite community organizations. For more information, see your local page.

Frontier College welcomes donations of books and other reading materials to the Frontier College Free Books Program.

Ways to support the “Frontier College Free Books Program


  • Booksellers & Publishers: Donate unsold returns/remainders and books with minor damage/misprint that are unsuitable for retail.
  • Schools/Workplaces: Organize a book drive at your school, workplace, event, place of worship, etc.
  • Individuals: Donate gently used books that you or your children have finished reading or which your baby/toddler has outgrown. We also welcome donations of unused bookstore gift cards.

We accept new and gently-used books (fiction and non-fiction), particularly materials for babies/toddlers, children and youth. Gently-used books should have minimal damage/wearing and be no older than 5 years. Regrettably, we do not accept textbooks at this time.

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Did You Know ?

Volunteers are the reason for our success! In 2016, 2,697 volunteers gave over 55,000 hours to improving literacy in Canada.

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