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As a volunteer literacy tutor, you will be working one-one-one with a child for the duration of the program, developing hands-on, active activities and games that explicitly teach phonics (or phonemic awareness), increase sight word vocabulary, and improve reading fluency based on their level of need, while also helping the child set realistic goals and graph their success in each reading area on an engaging poster board based on their interests.
Along with directly teaching the child, you will be required to conduct an informal assessment. The first night of the program involves a pre-assessment to determine where the child's needs are and where to base the activity plan. The same assessment will be done on the last day of the program (post-assessment) to measure the child's gains in the program.
As a Volunteer Literacy Tutor, you are required to volunteer twice per week in the evenings (every Monday and Wednesday from 6:15 - 7:45 pm for the full 8 weeks, as the structure of the program is consecutive.
You must be a minimum of 17 years old, and have a vulnerable sector clearance (18 years or older).
Our program is designed to meet the needs of our students in a learning environment that provides opportunities for blended learning activities with access to both hands-on and interactive materials.
Volunteers are required to assist in supervising individual groups and for general logistics of arrival/departure of the students who attend. This program has proven to be very successful, not only in raising the students’ school averages, but in allowing them to gain confidence and self-respect.
The time you spend during your weekly visit can be putting together a scrapbook, playing card games, or coming up with a creative and fun activity to do with your client over a 6 month period.
Provide social support for clients who are experiencing challenges with their memory, but still look forward to social and friendly visits.
-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 children need the most support, and to measure their gains in the program
-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, transport poster boards to and from the program
-Responsible for own transportation to and from program location
-Assist the program facilitator if needed
Great opportunity to get your 40 volunteer hours completed.
Responsibilities include helping with homework, crafts and games.
- As time allows, visit with non-palliative patients.
- Offer activities such as: reading, playing games, walks outside, listening to music, writing
cards/letters, make a cup of tea or coffee.
Visits are weekly for as little as one-hour time commitment for an in-home visit or a couple of hours if you care to take them to an activity in which you share an interest such as coffee, shopping, attend an art show, live music, even for a walk by the lake. By volunteering, you may also be providing some much-needed support to a caregiver or family member simply by visiting one of our wonderful clients.
Your visit helps maintain and encourage the client's confidence and independence.
We have a long list of non-English speaking clients waiting for company.
- Physical activity: Volunteers lead warm up, running workouts, and other fitness activities while cheering them on and providing encouragement.
- Snack: Volunteers help to distribute snack to the students after the physical activity component.
- Word of the Day: Volunteers have the opportunity to explain a "Word of the Day” for the whole group. They will share the word selected for that week (as provided in the Director’s Manual) and ask for feedback from the students regarding the definition and how they can use it at some point in their lives.
- Journal: Volunteers assist children to record their accomplishments in both running and reading each week.
- Reading: Volunteers supervise as children read silently, read one-on-one with children or lead group reading, listen to them read and providing help and encouragement.
Volunteers are required to tutor children/youth in all subjects, especially math, English, science and French.
The volunteer will assist a child to experience success in learning through a supportive one-to-one relationship.
The children requiring assistance can range from age 6-18 and all academic levels.
Scheduling can be arranged directly with the caregiver at your mutual convenience.
**Also in need of volunteer adults 19+ to supervise groups, please inquire if interested**
- Work with small groups of adults with acquired communication disorders
- Use supportive conversation skills in facilitating discussion groups with clients within our programs
- Assist clients to understand and participate in various conversational and language-based communication activities
- Bring forth thoughts and new ideas to the group
Other responsibilities may include:
- Assisting staff with the set-up and clean-up of program space before and after each session
- Informing the SLP or CDA in advance when unable to attend a session
- Maintaining confidentiality within the parameters defined by the Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs
Volunteers provide an opportunity for the client to be more than a diagnosis; creating a safe place for clients and their families to share the physical, emotional and spiritual changes they are experiencing. A visit might include legacy work, sharing histories, talking of gardening, or sitting quietly.
Visits usually take place once a week for about 1-2 hours in the client’s home. At times the volunteer may provide respite for the caregiver. Dependent on the client’s ability may take the client out for a walk or a drive as well.
- Report to recreation staff to be notified of specific tasks and duties to be performed during activity
- Follow direction and instructions of recreation staff, by inviting and assisting the resident to the designated program area. This may including pushing residents in their wheelchairs.
- Follow instructions for specific activities. Provide residents with verbal encouragement.
- Upon completion of program assists residents back to their home area.
- Assist with program area clean up.
- Notify program staff of any issues or concerns that arose from the visit.