We are now accepting applications for our January - March programs. The deadline to apply for the January - March term is Monday, December 18th.

Writers’ Exchange volunteer mentors help inner-city kids boost their literacy skills and self-esteem during super-fun writing projects!

Mentors bond with kids (ages 6 to 13) during literacy games, help them read picture books and graphic novels, and encourage their creativity during crafts and writing time. (And mentors often get to make their own crafts, too!) You don’t need to plan the activities—just show up ready to support the kids.

Many of the kids we work with have tough home lives and have low skills and self-confidence when it comes to reading and writing, but when volunteers like you make the kids feel safe and supported, the kids build the self-confidence and skills to achieve anything!

Programs run at multiple locations across East Vancouver.

In-School Projects

  • Mentors work with small groups of students to help an entire class of inner-city kids create a publication!
  • Hours: 1.5 hours/week, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Commitment: 5-6 weeks, at the same day/time each week

After-School Programs

  • Mentors work one-on-one or in small groups of kids to help them complete fun writing projects, homework, and awesome crafts!
  • Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Commitment: 1 full school term (3-4 months) with the same program, 2 hours/week on the same day each week. Terms run from September through December, January through March, and April through June.


We love working with volunteers from all backgrounds! Previous experience working with kids is great but is not required. We provide training and ongoing support. This is an especially great volunteering opportunity if you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, social worker, child psychologist or working with children or youth in any capacity and want to gain experience and hours working with kids. It’s also a great way to make connections and build community, an energizing break from your daily routine, and a fun, meaningful opportunity to work with kids who need your support.


All volunteer mentors must meet these minimum requirements:

  • 16 years or older
  • Fully committed to attending at least one in-school program during the upcoming term (1.5 hours / week for 4 - 5 weeks) and/or the same weekly two-hour shift in an after-school program for at least one full term. Consistent attendance allows you to build trust with the kids and will ensure that both you and the kids have an excellent experience. Our terms run from September through December, January through March, April through June, and July through August.
  • Able to volunteer during program hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (if you normally work during these times, check out our employee volunteering opportunities and get your whole team involved!)
  • Passionate about helping kids, and not afraid to be wacky!
  • Able to provide two personal or professional references
  • Willing to complete a Criminal Records Check

If you don't meet these requirements right now but still want to help out, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Sarah-Jane Hamilton, to chat about other volunteer opportunities outside of our literacy mentor team: 604.428.8228, sjhamilton@vancouverwe.com


Get more info and APPLY NOW!


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