Empower MEdia: School's Out - Digital Literacy Mentor


Help empower children with the skills to have a safe and positive experience online!

The SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre has partnered with the Surrey School District Community School’s Partnership Department to develop and implement “Empower MEdia”, an after-school program focusing on digital citizenship for children in grades 5-7.

This program is being supported by a grant from the United Way School's Out program.


Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm 


Betty Huff Elementary 

13055 Huntley Ave, Surrey

The Empower MEdia program will engage students in grades 5-7 with important topics on digital citizenship in ways that encourage creativity, exploration, acquisition of new knowledge and empowerment.

We are looking for self-motivated volunteers to help implement this program, mentor the participants and create a safe and positive environment for the participants to learn, connect and have fun! 

Your role:

As a Digital Literacy Mentor, you will help set-up and run activities, lead students through the various activities and games, and generally be a positive role model for respectful and fun exploration and growth. 

In this role, you will:

  • Attend all weekly Empower MEdia sessions and follow the correct set-up, clean-up, and sanitization procedures.
  • Apply learned knowledge of the curriculum by coming up with new ideas for activities, or by altering existing activities to meet the needs and interests of the children you are working with. 
  • Apply interpersonal, empathy and relationship-building skills by developing healthy relationships with the children in the program.

Other benefits: 

  • Learn about the topic of Digital Citizenship and the foundational curriculum for the Empower MEdia program.
  • Apply learned knowledge in digital citizenship topics such as digital literacy, rights and responsibilities, mental health, safety, healthy relationships, digital footprint, e-commerce, information credibility and more through implementation of activities.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in effective strategies for delivering content focused on empowering children to be responsible digital citizens.
  • Gain experience facilitating activities in an afterschool program.
  • Gain leadership and mentorship experience.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with other SFU students.
  • Earn credit on your co-curricular record.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! The CCR is an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.

Program Date and Time:

The program will run on-site twice a week from:

  • 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm;
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    • Volunteers may choose to volunteer weekly on one or both of these days.

From May 7th to June 20th, 2024.


  • The program will run at Betty Huff Elementary School (13055 Huntley Ave, Surrey, BC V3V 1V1)

Mandatory Volunteer Orientation:

Volunteers will be contacted on a one-on-one basis to schedule their volunteer orientation. 


The successful incumbent should:

  • Be a current SFU student (undergraduate, graduate, or continuing studies) or SFU alumni.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Cultivate a positive and energetic attitude and have a strong commitment to fostering a safe and supportive environment;
  • Be passionate about helping those in the community and making a difference;
  • Be excited to work with people with diverse backgrounds and personalities;
  • Be dependable, flexible and resourceful;
  • Experience working with children or youth in an in-person setting is an asset;
  • Be prepared to provide a copy of a valid Criminal Record Check (this will be a condition for volunteering with us).


If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the 'Apply Now' button below and submit your initial expression of interest.

You will then receive an email from SurveyMonkey containing our full application form which must be completed as soon as possible. 

Deadline: Sunday, May 12th | 11:59 PM

Please note: If the required number of volunteers for this program is reached before the above deadline, this posting may be taken down.


Collection Notice: The information collected as part of the application process is under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468). It is related directly to and needed by the University to administer the volunteer program through the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. The information will be used to screen volunteer applicants, refer applicants to opportunities of interest, and update applicants with information related to volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs, 250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 0A3, 778-782-8082.    

Ready to learn about volunteering with the community as an SFU ambassador? Join the Community Engagement Volunteer Training Program.

Learn more

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 www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.