Mentoring with Math: Math Mentor

Use your passion for math to help kids build confidence and fulfill their potential!

The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre and Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) are collaborating to offer the Mentoring with Math Program for children in Grades 3–7. The program aims to help elementary school students develop their math skills in a fun way using the JUMP Math program, and also to engage them in games, and activities. JUMP Math is a numeracy program that is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability with the core principle that all children can be led to think mathematically.

Your role:

The program will be coordinated by staff from BBGV and volunteers are needed to help facilitate the math activities and games, and to build relationships with the students.

In this role, you will:

  • Acquire knowledge in the Jump Math curriculum.
  • Apply learned knowledge in the Jump Math curriculum by providing effective tutoring support to elementary school students in math.
  • Productively engage in conversation with the learner to determine academic support needs.
  • Adapt tutoring strategies to respond appropriately to different learner needs.
  • Facilitate inclusive group mentoring activities and games.
  • Demonstrate effective mentoring techniques such as active listening, coaching, advising, and providing feedback.

Other benefits:

  • Build experience working with children and mentoring in an after-school setting.
  • Develop interpersonal, communication and teaching skills.
  • Use your skills to help others.
  • Obtain credit on your co-curricular record.

Program dates, times & locations:

January 21st – March 10th, 2020 Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Surrey Central City Library,  (10350 University Drive, Surrey BC, RM 401).

January 22nd – March 11th, 2020 Wednesdays from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Burnaby Neighbourhood House North,  (4908 Hastings St. Burnaby BC). 

January 13th – March 9th, 2020 (excluding February 17th) – Mondays from 3:30pm-5pm at Strawberry Hill Library  (7399 122 St, Surrey, BC V3W 5J2). 

Volunteers need to be available to commit to the program on a weekly basis.


  • have a confident understanding of Mathematics at the Grade 3-7 level;
  • have experience or a strong interest in working with children (Grade 3-7);
  • be respectful and non-judgmental;
  • have a desire to help the community;
  • be friendly, compassionate and motivated;
  • be dependable, flexible and resourceful;
  • be available to commit to the program on a weekly basis.


Volunteers must be available to go through training before starting as a volunteer in the program. Training dates are TBD.   

How to apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Trisha Dulku, Community Engagement Associate ( with your name, contact information, current program and year of study at SFU, and any previous relevant experience. 

You will be asked to participate in a quick pre-screening interview at a time that is convenient for you before your information is sent to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver for the next steps.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, Jan 12th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at