Pathways to Education: Volunteer Tutor


Inspire local youth to complete their studies, fulfill their potential and thrive!

The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre and Pathways to Education are looking for people who want to make a difference in the lives of local high school students.

Pathways to Education is a program for youth in low-income communities that helps students graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education, training, or employment. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise, and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates. This program is being offered for Surrey youth, and will provide a range of supports for youth, including free tutoring, social and mentoring activities, one-to-one educational support, bus passes, grocery cards, scholarships and positive relationships with adult role models.

Your role:

As a Pathways volunteer, you will provide tutoring and mentoring to Surrey youth who face systemic barriers to educational success. We are looking for individuals who are excited by the opportunity to support youth in their high school studies, and who are looking for experience leading and facilitating group activities. Training is provided.

In this role, you will gain experience:

  • Providing effective tutoring support to high school students in at least one core subject (Math, English, Science, Geography, Social Sciences).
  • Productively engaging in conversation with learners, using a strength-based model to determine academic support needs.
  • Adapting tutoring strategies to respond appropriately to different learner needs.
  • Working collaboratively with program staff to support youth learning needs.
  • Participating in inclusive group academic and mentoring activities.
  • Introducing and modeling positive decision-making strategies to youth.
  • Demonstrating effective mentoring techniques such as active listening, coaching, advising, and providing feedback when working with youth.

Other benefits:

  • Experience the impact of engaging in a meaningful, community-based program.
  • Enjoy FREE training and workshops.
  • Gain valuable work experience and opportunity to use your unique skills.
  • Gain co-curricular record credit.
  • Meet awesome new people and have fun!

Program Logistics:

The program will run from May 13th to June 25th, 2024

Volunteers are encouraged to be involved for more than one semester so that they can take advantage of all the professional development opportunities and trainings provided by Pathways to Education throughout the year.

This program will be offered on the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Tuesdays at Guildford Park Secondary (10707 146 Street, Surrey) from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Thursdays at Guildford Park Secondary (10707 146 Street, Surrey) from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Mondays at Kwantlen Park Secondary (10441 132 Street, Surrey) from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Wednesdays at Kwantlen Park Secondary (10441 132 Street, Surrey) from 5:30 pm -8:30 pm

In your application, please indicate the option(s) that you are interested in and available for.

 Volunteer Orientation: 

  • Date & time to be determined. Volunteers will be contacted individually to schedule training.

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


Please note, individuals who do not attend SFU can also apply for this position as long as they have graduated from high school. 

  • Must obtain and provide Pathways to Education with a valid Criminal Record Check;
  • Must have a strong ability to take initiative, independently interact with program participants and be proactive. Can determine what needs to be done and do it before being asked to;
  • Be friendly, welcoming, and nonjudgmental;
  • Thrive in a positive, progressive atmosphere;
  • Respect and value the diversity of communities and individuals;
  • Be punctual, communicative, and responsive.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an initial expression of interest below (Apply Now).

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

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, May 1st | 11:59 PM

Please Note: If the required number of volunteers for this opportunity 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.

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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