Friends of Simon

Universities in Canada are associated with teaching and research, but they also have a great capacity for service to their communities. Friends of Simon, an award-winning SFU Faculty of Education initiative, brings together an attitude of inquiry, our instructional knowledge, and our students, in order to provide literacy tutoring for school-aged children and youth.

Friends of Simon recruits, prepares, and assigns university students as literacy tutors in the Lower Mainland, particularly with newcomer K-12 students. With our cooperating sites, Friends of Simon works to increase school success through after-school, Saturday, and summer programs in small group and individualized settings. Instruction is based on current trends in pedagogy and tutors receive their training and supervision from members of the Faculty of Education who themselves are involved in educational research.

Friends of Simon is an SFU Faculty of Education outreach project supported by the North Growth Foundation, William and Nona Heaslip Foundation, Employees of Rogers B.C., Dr. Steve Marshall, SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC), Rogers Communication, Heritage Education FundsCanadian Scholarship Trust PlanOuest Business SolutionsG&F Financial Group and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

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For more info, contact:

Natalie Brenton

Senior Associate Director, Advancement (on secondment)

Email: nbrenton@sfu.ca