Volunteer Tutor for Adults

(Barrie Literacy Council)

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Position ID: V-MID0506 Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 Last Full Update: 17 Aug 2018
Opportunity Details
ContactKelli Kane, Administrative Assistant, Barrie Literacy Council; Phone: 705-728-7323; Fax: 705-728-7155; Email: admin@barrieliteracy.ca
DutiesVolunteer tutors are needed to help adults to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. Occasional GED student.
More Info Linkwww.barrieliteracy.ca
BenefitsWhat can you expect to get in return? 
1. Personal satisfaction in helping someone grow. 
2. Broadened imagination for creative problem solving. 
3. Involvement in community service. 
4. Deepened understanding of values and lifestyles different from your own. 
5. Networking opportunities with other volunteers.
ClientsAdults age 19+ wanting to increase their literacy skills for independence, employment or further education goals.
Ages20 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Areas of InterestEducation Support (Tutoring / Instruction)
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Patience ; Tutors must be literate, patient and understanding
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year) ; We ask potential tutors to think in terms of at least a one-year commitment to tutoring to ensure ample use is made of the extensive training the volunteer will receive. There are several reasons for this, chief among them is the issue of student self-confidence. Our students have often dealt with major self-confidence issues as they have struggled with a lack of literacy skills in their lives. Being literate also means that an individual has the capacity to: 
• Understand and use a range of documents, such as charts, tables, application forms,newspapers, recipes, websites, etc.; 
• Compose a range of different documents, such as e-mails, formal letters, schedules, invoices, lists, etc.; 
• Use language that is appropriate for the specific task at hand; 
• Understand and use numbers; 
• Use digital technology and various computer applications to obtain and communicate information; 
• Identify the process required to complete a particular task that involves reading or writing. 
Once a student has made the decision to improve their skills, they need someone who is willing to work with them to increase not only their knowledge, but their confidence and self-esteem.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Some trained tutor volunteers choose to assist in our Independent study group, or in small groups
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon (9 am-5 pm) 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (9 am-9 pm) 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (9 am-9 pm) 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon (9 am-5 pm) 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon (9 am-5 pm) 
Tutors meet with students at the council once or twice a week, for approximately 1 1/2 hour. Day/time is flexible, and determined by the tutor and student. 
Innisfil tutors meet at the Alcona branch of Innisfil libraries.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Call for information
Location80 Bradford Street, Unit 244. Innisfil tutors will meet students at Innisfil Library.
Number of PositionsBarrie: 25 individual(s) ; Innisfil: 20 individual(s) 
45 individual(s) needed in total. 
There is no set number of volunteers required, just as many as we can get!
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on-going ; Before becoming a tutor, all volunteers must attend an Information Session before signing up for Tutor Training
TransportationNear public transit - at Barrie location ; Volunteer is responsible for own transportation
Cost$15 fee for the 16 hour Training Workshop. This helps us to cover the cost. Once successfully completed, the Tutor achieves Laubach Certification.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsVulnerable sector check. 
We provide a letter to volunteer to use when submitting for a police check, making the process free in many jurisdictions.
Liability InsuranceAvailable
Agency Details
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Organization NameBarrie Literacy Council
Office Phone705-728-7323
Address & Map
80 Bradford St, Unit 244
Barrie, ON L4N 6S7
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