Reading Rocks Volunteer Literacy Tutor

(Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton)

Position ID: V-HVC0334 Last Full Update: 05 Dec 2019
Opportunity Details
CommentsThe position of Volunteer Literacy Tutor supports the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton's (LDAHH) literacy program for children and youth with reading difficulties, called "Reading Rocks". This literacy program is designed to motivate and help children between the ages of 6-12 years improve their foundational reading skills and gain confidence in reading. It is also designed to help volunteers develop their knowledge and experience in working with children who struggle with reading due to an identified or suspected learning disability. Therefore, the Volunteer Literacy Tutor will work one-on-one with a child for 8 weeks, twice per week, and is responsible for developing and implementing hands-on activities and games to them the foundational literacy skills of phonics, sight words, and fluency that meet their individual literacy needs. In addition, the Literacy Tutor will work with the child to graph their successes in each literacy area so that the child learns self-regulation skills and experiences success that can be seen.
ContactKatie Jacobs, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton; Phone: 905-333-1977; Email:
DutiesWork one-on-one with a child, developing and implementing fun, hands-on activities and games that explicitly teach and reinforce skills in phonics, sight words, and fluency based on the needs of the child. 
Develop a unique and creative poster board based on the interests of the child where the child's successes are emphasized by graphing their success in the three central program areas (phonics, sight words fluency) after every night of the program. 
Conduct informal literacy assessment on the first day of program (pre-assessment) as well as on the last day of program (post-assessment) to determine where the child will need the most support and to measure their progress. 
Provide a positive and safe learning environment  
Provide regular positive feedback on the student’s progress to instill self‐motivation and self‐confidence in their academic development 
-Fill out session reports after the tutoring sessions to track the children’s progress 
-Communicate with the child's parents on their progress and goals 
-Attend required training sessions as necessary 
-Where applicable, transports poster boards to and from the program 
-Responsible for own transportation to and from program location 
-Complete time sheets 
-Assist the program facilitator if needed
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BenefitsWill develop skills related to: 
• Teaching 
• Individualized literacy program development 
• Working with children 
• Creativity  
• Interpersonal communication 
• Gaining an understanding of the special needs of a vulnerable reader 
• Increased knowledge of Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD 
• Gaining valuable work related experience while making a difference in a child’s life 
Detailed Reference Letters and Confirmation of Hours Provided! A great resume booster for anyone looking to work in the education or child/youth related field
ClientsChildren between age 6 - 12 years of age who struggle with reading
Ages17 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students
Areas of InterestChild & Family Services ; Education Support (Elementary / Secondary) ; Education Support (Tutoring / Instruction) ; Reading / Literacy ; Special Needs / Differently Abled ; Student Placement ; Youth Engagement
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Working with Children ; Eligible candidates should demonstrate:  
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills  
• Able to work independently and as part of a team  
• Must be reliable, creative, organized, and self-motivated  
• Must be patient and compassionate 
• Assertiveness, responsible work ethic, and reliability
Commitment LengthShort Term - 8 weeks ; - Program runs for 8 weeks, twice per week for one hour. 6:30 - 7:30. 
- Offered in Burlington (Tuesdays and Fridays), Oakville (Mondays and Wednesdays), Milton (Mondays and Wednesdays) and Hamilton (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Must be able to participate on both nights. 
- There are three 8 week program sessions per year (October, January, and April)  
- Minimum commitment of two hours per week, for each week that the program is in session, with one hour also being granted outside of the program time to prepare the literacy activities and workstation.  
- In addition, each volunteer tutor must attend orientation/training during the week prior to program beginning.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Evening 
Tuesday: Evening 
Wednesday: Evening 
Thursday: Evening 
Friday: Evening 
Depending on the site you choose, you will be asked to volunteer on Mondays & Wednesdays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, OR Tuesdays & Fridays.
SeasonsWinter - January - March
AccessibilityWheelchair accessible automatic main entrance
LocationOakville, Burlington, Milton, Hamilton
Number of PositionsBurlington: 10 individual(s) ; Georgetown: 10 individual(s) ; Hamilton: 10 individual(s) ; Milton: 10 individual(s) ; Oakville: 10 individual(s) 
45 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Mandatory training for this position will be provided in advance of the start of the program.  
In addition, the program facilitator will be on the premises at all times to assist the volunteer tutor as needed.
TransportationNear public transit ; Driver License required ; Car required ; Volunteers will be responsible for their transportation to the program site.
Application Deadline20 Dec 2019
Police CheckRequired
End Date09 Mar 2020
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Organization NameLearning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton
Office Phone905-333-1977
Address & Map
Rotary Youth Centre (program location)
560 Guelph Line, Top Flr
Burlington, ON L7R 3M4
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