Reasons to Love Going Back to School with the Writers’ Exchange!




Okay, summer is pretty great and all, but going back to school can be awesome too – especially if you’re a volunteer literacy mentor! Here are some reasons why:

1. You get to give back in a really big way, just by being you.

As a literacy mentor, you’ll provide support and stability to inner-city kids just by showing up and being yourself. Writers’ Exchange kids crave individualized attention, and a rapt audience for their awesome ideas, like the fish-eat-fish show at one kid’s pet shop.



2. Wacky programs will keep you smiling all week.

When you volunteer with the fall programs, you’ll have an experience that’s out of this world! These egg-cellent kids craft spaceships to carry egg-stra terrestrial egg-lien invaders safely to Earth. The kids write a list of demands and predict if the egg-liens would arrive without being scrambled.



3. We’ll help you get even awesomer.

We offer literacy mentors regular training opportunities that will help you develop practical skills for working with inner-city kids. But you can also look forward to developing a bunch of other super useful talents without even realizing it. During every shift, literacy mentors increase their creativity, confidence, public speaking abilities, organizational skills, and much more.

4. You get to be a part of a kid’s story.

You get to be a mentor, a role model, a source of support, and a friend. You get be a big part of a child’s story by helping them to develop literacy skills for life! And, if you stick around long enough, you may actually literally be featured in a kid’s written story, like Laura was.



Well, that settles it. Summer is great but going back to school as a Writers’ Exchange volunteer is pretty fantastic.

Fall after-school programs run September 19th to December 15th. In our after-school programs, kids complete fun reading and writing projects with literacy mentors.

You must be able to commit to the same 2 hours/week for the full fall term to be eligible to volunteer after-school. Programs include Survival Mondays (how to survive a zombie attack), Graphic Novel Club Mondays, Secret-Societies Thursdays (kids create their own ancient societies), and so many other wacky programs! Here are all the details:

881 E Hastings
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Survival Mondays, Grades 4 - 7

Terrific-Kid Tuesdays, Grades 1 - 3

Wacky-Kid Wednesdays, Grades 1 - 3

Secret Societies Thursdays, Grades 4 - 7

Queen Alexandra Elementary
1300 East Broadway
3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Graphic Novel Club Mondays, Grades 4 - 7

Tremendous Tuesdays
Grades 1 - 3

Wordy Wednesdays
Grades 1 - 3

Thrilling Thursdays
Grades 4 - 7

Game Club Thursdays
Grades 4 - 7


Fall in-school programs will run from October to December. Literacy mentors support students and teachers with publishing projects tailored for their classes. Each program culminates in a professionally printed publication for each student (and mentor!) to take home.

You must be able to commit to one full in-school program during the fall term to be eligible to volunteer in schools. Programs run 1.5 hours/week between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for 4 - 5 weeks in different schools in East Van. Full program details will be confirmed by the end of September. For now, two of six programs have been confirmed:

Thursdays, Oct. 6th - Nov 3rd, 11am - 12:10pm

Mondays, Oct. 17th - Nov 21st, 9:40am - 10:50am

Applications for after-school programs have closed, but you can still apply to volunteer in-school. Deadline for in-school applications is Sept. 30th.

See if you’re eligible to volunteer, and sign up here!