Keeping Kids Safe through Literacy

KidSafe Writers RoomThe KidSafe Project Society was launched in 1993 as an initiative to provide vulnerable children a place to go after school. KidSafe keeps classrooms open longer allowing kids a safe place to go where there are friendly faces, supportive staff and volunteers and educational activities.

KidSafe has five program pillars: literacy, health and wellness, arts and culture, leadership and sustainability, science and nature. A new program, The KidSafe Writers Room, recently launched in one of the KidSafe schools highlights the importance of literacy. The program was suggested by Sarah Maitland, a longtime volunteer of KidSafe, after spending time interning at 826 Valencia; a San Francisco based literacy program for students co-founded by visionary author Dave Eggers.

The KidSafe Writers Room is a new afterschool tutoring program that focuses on engaging kids in fun literacy activities and improving their creative writing skills. It is an innovative fun and free literacy program for at-risk kids. The program is run in partnership with the Vancouver School Boards Van Tech Community School Team and the York House School. The Writers Room is open to kids ages 5 -13 at Queen Alexandra Elementary School.

Wondering how this may apply to you?

The KidSafe Writers Room is always looking for new volunteers! They’re looking for volunteer tutors for in class projects during the school day and after school tutoring to help with homework assignments. Administrative volunteers are also invited to help with fundraising, design and events.

This is a great volunteer opportunity that allows you to work with a flexible schedule. Help out two hours a month or a few hours each week. Most tutors try and set some sort of regular schedule to form relationships with the kids and become awesome mentors. University students from all faculties are encouraged to apply to volunteer.

The volunteers who have really thrived in this position are patient, have a go with the flow attitude and often have some experience working with kids (though none is required); and no need to be nervous about becoming a tutor as training is provided. This opportunity is full of rewards such as meeting other students, making a difference in the community and most of all helping out kids who really need it!

“35-40 hours of one-on- one attention can raise a student’s letter grade by one level” – Dave Eggers

By: Rya Kobewka