Racing Readers: Program Volunteer

Have fun with kids AND help them learn!

Have fun with kids AND help them learn! Racing Readers is a collaboration between the SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre and the Surrey School District (SD36). This after-school program seeks to improve the physical, educational and social well-being of elementary-aged students in Grades 2–5. Children participate in physical activities, reading, writing and numeracy exercises, and enjoy a healthy snack. High school, university and adult mentors (like you!) foster companionship, support, discipline, and learning.

Whether you know it or not: you are already a success story. As an SFU student, your presence alone provides a connection to higher education that can actually make a concrete difference in a young student’s life. You are real, accessible, and fun. And learning can be that way, too.

As a Racing Readers volunteer, you will help lead students through the Racing Readers after-school program. You will help organize activity teams, coach physical activities and minor games, lead students through numeracy and literacy activities, and generally be a positive role model for respectful and fun learning.

Whether you know it or not: you are already a success story. As an SFU student, your presence alone provides a connection to higher education that can actually make a concrete difference in a young student’s life. You are real, accessible, and fun. And learning can be that way, too.

Your role:

In this role, you will:

  • Develop effective written/verbal communication skills;
  • Develop strategies to solve problems and select an appropriate course of action;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills;
  • Incorporate diverse teaching methods and strategies which are appropriate to addressing the needs of children and families;
  • Work effectively with diverse age groups;
  • Plan for and respond to issues of inclusion.

Other benefits:

  • Gain experience working with school-age kids in an elementary school setting.
  • Gain experience facilitating an afterschool program.
  • Gain demonstrable leadership and mentorship experience.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with other SFU students and volunteers.
  • Earn credit on your co-curricular record.

Program dates:

January 7, 2020 to the last week of May, 2020.

Times & Locations:

Tuesdays, Betty Huff Elementary School (13055 Huntley Ave, Surrey), 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, Newton Elementary School (13359 81 Ave, Surrey), 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers will be asked to arrive at 2:00 p.m. for set-up, and stay until 5:00 p.m. for clean-up and debrief. Availability (i.e. missing sessions) can be negotiated ahead of time with the Racing Readers Program and Volunteer Supervisor.

How to apply:

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

You will then be invited to take part in a short phone interview before proceeding onto next steps.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, January 5th, 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 www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.

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