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Virtual Reading Buddy

Waterloo Public Library

Frontier College

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier College, we believe it's a fundamental right. Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people realize their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.

Online WPL Reading Buddies is a virtual guided reading program run by Frontier College, in partnership with the Waterloo Public Library, that engages and helps children in grades 2-4 improve their social and reading skills in a safe, fun, and friendly virtual environment. Virtual tutors are then matched up with learners to engage in one-on-one reading facilitated through the Zoom breakout room feature. During the last part of the session, the virtual tutors play games with the learners to further develop their literacy skills.

This volunteer position is currently accepting applications for our spring 2022 session running on Saturday mornings from May 7 until June 25 (7 weeks, no program May 21). Please fill out the volunteer inquiry form ( and then we will follow up with an application form and information regarding next steps in our new volunteer tutor onboarding process.

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual, Student Placement
Age: 16+
Confidentiality, Specialized Training

Area(s) of Interest: Children/Youth, Mentoring / Tutoring, Newcomer Support

Skill(s): Interpersonal Communication, Motivate Others, Creative Thinking, Empathy, Playing

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: A required 2.5-hour training will be held online from 1:00pm-3:30pm on Sunday, May 1, 2022. You must attend this training session and complete a 45 minute online orientation in order to become a volunteer tutor. All prospective Frontier College volunteer tutors will have to participate in a 20-minute interview (conducted virtually) as well as submit an online volunteer application.
Working Conditions: Virtual (via Zoom)
Accessibility: Support Newcomers
Transportation: NONE Needed

Time Commitment

Duration: 3 months or less
Weekend - Daytime
Saturdays - 10:00am-11:00am May 2-June 25 (no program May 21).

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Emily Davies-Robinson

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