Literacy Mentor - Summer Programs
Literacy Mentor - Summer Programs
Writers’ Exchange literacy mentors are positive role models who help kids from inner-city neighbourhoods aged 6-18 boost their literacy skills and self-esteem. With your support, kids complete super fun reading and writing activities, and they even create professionally designed and published books!
Mentors cheer kids on throughout their literacy journeys and act as consistent role models. Our program staff is there to support you 100%. We’ll plan the activities and manage behaviour, so that you can focus on having fun and being an awesome mentor (though we always love to hear your silly program ideas). Not a strong writer? Not super outgoing? No problem! Being a mentor is about providing encouragement and support, not high-energy literary perfection.
Many of the kids we work with have low self-confidence when it comes to reading and writing, but when mentors like you make the kids feel safe and supported, the kids get excited about literacy and build self-confidence to set them up for long-term success!
In operation since 2011, every year the Writers’ Exchange serves 600 kids with the help of 250 Literacy Mentors. Our programs operate in the highest-needs neighbourhoods in East and South Vancouver.
If you are excited to learn how memes and super heroes can get kids excited about reading, writing, and their own potential, then this is the perfect role for you! Keep reading for more details, or visit our website at vancouverwe.com.
- Mentors work with 3 to 4 kids to help them complete fun writing activities and awesome crafts
- Programs run at multiple locations across East and South Vancouver in July and August.
- Program times are usually from 9:30am - 12:00pm, and 12:30 - 3:00pm.
- Commitment: 2.5 hours/week with the same program for 6 of the 8 weeks of the summer term (final program details will be confirmed in June).
We also run programs after-school and in teachers’ classrooms during the school year. Apply in early September to join school-year programs.
THE IMPACT OF YOUR TIME AND ENTHUSIASM:
KIDS BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS!
97% of kids in our programs say there's an adult at the Writers' Exchange who cares about them
KIDS HAVE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE!
96% of kids in our programs love coming to the Writers' Exchange
KIDS ARE MOTIVATED TO READ AND WRITE!
98% of kids in our programs are excited to do the activities
KIDS SUCCEED LONG-TERM BECAUSE OF A HUGE SELF-ESTEEM BOOST!
WHAT YOU’LL DO TO CHANGE LIVES:
- Be a consistent positive role model for the kids
- Bring your creativity, enthusiasm, and kindness to all shifts
- Demonstrate compassion for the communities in which the Writers’ Exchange is situated
- Become familiar with the Writers’ Exchange and our mission and culture
- Commit to constantly learning how you can best support the kids
WHAT MAKES A GREAT MENTOR?
- Adaptable, committed, compassionate, consistent, flexible, friendly, fun, genuine, kind, loves to learn, open-minded, relaxed, team player, trustworthy, and understanding
- Thrives in a space that is loud, fun, energetic, and constantly changing
- Previous experience working with children is great but is not required. A genuine enthusiasm to connect with awesome kids over glue and glitter is more important
- Eager to participate in ongoing training activities
HOW TO JOIN THE TEAM:
- Fully commit to attend the same weekly shift in a summer program for at least 6 weeks. We encourage literacy mentors to make an even longer-term commitment to cultivate close, supportive relationships with kids as they grow up.
- Be at least 16 years old
- Provide two references
- Complete a BC Criminal Records Check (we’ll help you though this process--please note it can take up to 4 weeks to process a criminal record check, so please apply ASAP)
We encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTTIQQ2SA folks, Indigenous peoples, people of all colours, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, or another equity-seeking group with which you identify.
WHY PEOPLE LOVE BEING A LITERACY MENTOR/BENEFITS:
This is an especially great volunteering opportunity if you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, social worker, education assistant, child psychologist or working with children or youth in any capacity and want to gain concrete skills, direct experience and hours working with kids.
Literacy Mentors have access to exclusive training opportunities, where you will learn about reconciliation, non-judgemental listening, and strategies for addressing challenging behaviours.
After three terms as a Literacy Mentor, you’ll receive a Writers’ Exchange tote bag!
Mentoring is also an energizing break from your daily routine (or a fun day-time activity if you are retired, a stay-at-home parent, or have free time during weekdays), a great way to make connections, cultivate a sense of belonging, and build community, and an enjoyable, meaningful opportunity to work with kids who need your support.
“Writers' Exchange creates community through literacy, intergenerational interactions, and creative fun!” - Tara, Literacy Mentor
HOW TO APPLY:
Please visit https://vancouverwe.com/volunteerspring2020 for all the details and to fill out an application form by June 1st, 2020.
Orientation date for New Literacy Mentors:
- Will be announced in May
“At Writers’ Exchange we can do anything our mind wants to imagine!” - Erin, age 11