Working Women Community Centre/ On Your Mark Academic Support Program

The On Your Mark academic support program provides one-to-one and small group tutoring for students of Portuguese and Spanish speaking descent in elementary and high school. The program is geared to students who are struggling with literacy and numeracy standards for their grades and students who are attending special education support services. This program works to prevent drop-outs and to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education. On Your Mark works with volunteer tutors who use a student-centered approach to learning; sessions are organized around the needs of the individual student. In addition to the academics, the sessions provide mentoring, foster friendships and help build self-esteem. On Your Mark students can discuss education and career goals with their tutor as they enter high school and when pursuing post-secondary education. – On Your Mark operates during the school year and within both the public and catholic school boards.

In the 2012-2013 school year we served 250 students, worked with 184 volunteers, operated out of 9 schools six days a week and welcomed students from 53 schools from both the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

Expectations Criteria:
1. Available a minimum of 1.5 to 2 hours a week.
2. Participate in a mandatory Tutor Orientation/Student Engagement Session (1 hour).
3. Provide program staff with references and permission to perform police background check

Recruiting for: Tutors: The heart of the On Your Mark program is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal - to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life. They are the "wheels" of our program, reducing barriers to a fulfilling education.

Skills: - Student or graduate of a secondary or post-secondary institution. - EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH. Support sessions have a strong focus on literacy as majority of students in the program are working below grade level in this area. -Ability to help students in all or some areas of reading, writing and math. Volunteers have the opportunity to specify subject area of strength. -Interest in the field of education and/or social services. -Some experience working with children and/or youth at the elementary and/or high school level is an ASSET. -Responsible/Reliable, Consistent, Supportive, Positive Role Model and Encouraging to a student(s). -Knowledge of Portuguese and/or Spanish is an asset but NOT necessary.

Number of positions: 120

Application method: Bring resume to event Apply online Complete application form during the event