PPR supports people in achieving their learning goals by creating a place where they can explore new possibilities and become more active in their communities. Our dedicated team of volunteer tutors provide one-to-one support to adult literacy learners, as they develop their reading, writing, basic math, and computer skills. Tutors and learners also work together to build confidence, self-awareness, and independence.
We accept volunteer applications all year round. All PPR tutors must attend a training program that is offered 3-4 times a year, usually in the fall, winter, spring, and occasionally during the summer.
PPR offers this Tutor Training Program in partnership with our West End Literacy Partners (Alexandra Park Neighbourhood Learning Centre, LAMP-CHC, and West Neighbourhood House). The training is held over 3 evenings and one Saturday (12 to 14 hours in total).
Topics include effective ways to teach reading and writing to adults, understanding power and privilege, and the impacts of violence on the learning process. PPR Tutors will also receive an orientation to Parkdale community resources.
What is the time commitment?
We request that volunteers commit to tutoring for at least one year. Time commitments are outlined below:
Tutor Training Program – 4 mandatory training sessions / up to 12-14 hours in total.
Consultation Meetings with Staff – up to 2-3 meetings per year
One-to-One Tutoring or Group work – between 1.5 to 2 hours per week
There is a three-step process to becoming a Volunteer Tutor.
- Complete the Volunteer Tutor Application (PDF) or (Word)
- Submit your application to 1209 King Street West, Unit 2, or email: jo [at] parkdaleprojectread.org
- PPR will contact candidates selected for the interview process. Interviews are scheduled shortly before the Tutor Training.
Upcoming Tutor Training dates are: TBA