Literacy Mentor


Name of Organization / Employer: 
Writers' Exchange
Application Deadline: 
09 Sep 2019 09:00 AM (Monday)


Contact Name: 
Liz Ellis
Contact Phone: 
Contact Email:
Writers' Exchange

The Writers’ Exchange is a charity that gets inner-city kids excited about reading, writing and their own potential!

Writers’ Exchange Literacy Mentors are positive role models who help kids from inner-city neighbourhoods ages 6-13 boost their self-esteem during super fun writing activities (kids even create professionally published books!). If you are excited to learn how zombie scavenger hunts, and yummy treats can get kids excited about reading and writing, then this is the perfect role for you! You don’t need to be a writer, or outgoing and energetic to be an awesome mentor, you just need to show up consistently and provide encouragement and support to the kids.

Mentors don’t have to plan activities or worry about managing behaviour. A staff programmer will be there to support you 100% of the time, just show up ready to have fun and cheer on the kids.

Will I make a difference? YES!

Kids build positive relationships!
97% of kids say there's an adult at the Writers' Exchange who cares about them
Kids are motivated to read and write!
98% of kids are excited to do the activities
Kids succeed long-term because of a huge self-esteem boost!

Who can volunteer? Anyone who is:

- 16 years or older
- Fully committed to attending at least one in-school program (1.5 hours / week for 4 - 5 weeks) and/or after-school program (2 hours / week for 10 - 15 weeks)
- Eager to be an enthusiastic and positive role model in a loud, energetic space

How do I become a volunteer?

1. Fill out an application form
2. Complete a criminal record check
3. Provide two references
4. Attend a three-hour orientation session, where you'll learn about the fun activities we do, what a typical shift looks like, safety stuff and some tips to make you a great mentor

Deadline for fall applications is Monday, September 9th, 2019.

Visit for more details, or contact Liz Ellis, at 604.428.8228 or