Mentoring with Math
(for adult volunteers of all genders; offered virtually through Zoom, and in-person at City Centre Library, Strawberry Hill Library in Surrey, Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver and North Burnaby Neighbourhood House)
You don’t have to be a math whiz to help a child who struggles with numbers. You’ll spend 90 minutes once a week at either Surrey Central Library, Strawberry Hill Library also in Surrey, Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver or North Burnaby Neighbourhood House to help children who do not have access to other assistance; training and math workbooks provided.
How does the program work?
Children in grades 3 – 7 are able to attend the Mentoring with Math sessions each week for 90 minutes. For the first part of the session, they will use a variety of techniques based on the principles of the JUMP Math numeracy program to encourage an understanding and love of math. The second part of each weekly session will encourage students in the program to interact with one another through a number of games and activities.
Who tutors the children in the program?
The volunteers are not professional tutors but are typically people who have a desire to support children in their community. They are only available for assistance during the 90-minute program session. All volunteers go through Big Brothers’ screening and training process before joining the program.
Interested in joining the program?
Children in the program must be able to demonstrate a need for academic assistance in math at their grade level and not be able to access any other academic enrichment programs. If you’re interested in enrolling your child or being a math mentor in this program, please apply at our website in the link below.
The program is based on JUMP Math which is a numeracy program. It’s dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. The REACH Community Fund helps Canadian non-profit and charitable community organizations that deliver tutoring or mentoring, homework clubs and schools that have a community volunteer program for tutoring outside of the classroom. REACH provides students with JUMP Math workbooks, tutor guides, and tutor training at no cost to approved tutoring programs. Our Mentoring with Math program is in partnership with SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre, Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, and North Burnaby Neighbour House.
No special skills or previous experience necessary but must be caring and dependable. Must be 18 years or older. However a formal application process is required, and you'll be asked for Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector after your application is complete.
(for male-identifying/gender-fluid/non-binary adult volunteers)
As a Big Brother, you’ll be matched with a “Little Brother” in your area who needs a positive male influence. With this volunteer opportunity, you’ll spend 2 – 4 hours with your “Little” once a week – hike, bike, or just hang out. In some areas of the Lower Mainland, children are waiting upwards of 2-3 years for a mentor like yourself, there’s never been a better time to get involved.
(We welcome gender-diverse couples, including transgender and gender-fluid, and couples of all sexual orientation.)
Couples who are cohabitating, married or living common law who wish to volunteer together can be matched with a mentee through our Big Couples Mentoring Program (an extension of the One-to-One Community Based Mentoring Program). This program is designed for couples who wish to make a difference in the life of a child who needs a mentor and can benefit from an additional friendship in their life.