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About the Position
Position # 17743
OrganizationStrong Start Charitable Organization
Position Volunteer Coach - Reading Skills Program
Location For a list of sites, please visit
Impact Statement Our vision is that all children read. Our Mission: We help children learn to read by providing unique programs and services through community-wide partnerships.

As a Volunteer Coach, you can assist young children in learning essential early reading skills. Volunteers work in a school setting. By helping children learn to read, you can help unleash their potential and increase their quality of life.

At this time, we are offering volunteer coach training for those who want to be ready to support children as soon as it is safe for volunteers to work safely in schools. Your help will be needed more than ever to support children after such a long time away from the classroom due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Description The Letter, Sounds and Words program is a reading skills program designed to be implemented by volunteers (no need to have related experience). It is used in schools, and is a 10 week program for 5 to 7 year old children. It uses short games/activities to provide repetition to help young children recognize letters,a sound each one represents, how to learn words by sight and how to learn a word by using the sounds of its letters.

Volunteer Coaches work with one child at a time and follow prescribed activities using the materials provided.
Requirements Confidentiality, Specialized Training, Work Without Supervision
Training Details New volunteers participate in two, 2-hour training sessions, either in-person or online. The program and the volunteer training sessions have been designed to allow volunteers to be very independent in running the program over the 10 weeks. A list of upcoming training sessions is available at
Working Conditions School setting: Please register for training to be ready when volunteers can work in schools again after COVID-19.
Duration 3 months or less
Timing Weekday - Daytime
Time Detail We are currently offering both in-person and online volunteer coach training sessions for those who want to be ready to support children as soon as it is safe for volunteers to work safely in schools.
Age 18+
Ideal for An Individual
Transportation On a bus route
Accessibility Wheelchair accessible entrance, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Designated accessible parking space, Accessible work space
Area(s) of Interest Caring Support, Children/Youth, Mentoring / Tutoring
Skill(s) Coaching, Verbal Communication, Adaptability, Flexibility, Playing
How to Apply
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Contact Jean Stacey
Phone 519-743-9578 Ext. 108
Address 565 Kumpf Drive Waterloo, N2V 1K3
Volunteer Action Centre
1454 King Street East, Unit 3
Kitchener ON N2G 2N7

Phone: 519 742 8610
Fax: 519 742 0559

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9 am - 4 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 pm
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