Youth Volunteers

Reading Buddies

What will you do?

Bring stories and reading to life for students in Grades 1 through 3! Reading Buddies volunteers share books and play fun literacy games with their “little buddy” in a group setting that’s facilitated by a staff member. Volunteers encourage children to read, and make reading fun! This is a youth volunteer opportunity for Grades 7-12.

Program Length: 1.5 hours weekly, six-week program

What’s in it for you?

  • Meet new people and explore new opportunities
  • Have fun and contribute to your community
  • Develop inter-personal, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and time management skills

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Junior or senior high school students (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to motivate and mentor children from diverse backgrounds
  • Reliable, with a positive attitude
  • Strong literacy skills
  • Commit to all program dates

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend an orientation and training session
  • Create a positive, fun, and rewarding environment
  • Be a positive role model for participants
  • Attend each program in the volunteer term

We're currently looking for volunteers for this program!

Volunteer positions are available at Southwood, Giuffre Family, Quarry Park, Judith Umbach, Forest Lawn and Nicholls Family libraries. If you're interested in volunteering, please complete an application and we will contact you as soon as possible.