Hastings Kids First (FULL)

About the organization

Kids First is an after-school program that is referral based. The program focuses on supporting children’s academic and social emotional needs. Hastings Elementary school is located in a mixed-income area and many of our students are at-risk and considered vulnerable from a socio-economic perspective.  They also face emotional and family-structure issues.  We provide a structured and safe environment for students to receive help with their school work and the opportunity to experience a range of healthy activities provided by caring adults.

Kids First has a dual focus. The first portion of the program provides academic support for students via homework help and tutoring in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The second part combines a variety of social and life skills activities such as cooking, art, sports, and much more. We can have up to 60 kids per day, with 6 staff and a ranging number of volunteers.

We work as a team to provide a quality program with academic and emotional support for the kids, which requires the efforts of all the team members to accomplish. Our team includes the Teacher, Programmer, the kids, Program staff, and our volunteers. It takes the effort and enthusiasm of the entire to team to make this program a huge success! We look forward to working with each and every one of you. 

What you’ll do

  • Help students with homework and study skills (intermediate grades)

  • Help students with basic reading and math skills (primary grades)

  • Provide support to students by either working with them one-to-one or in small groups

  • Guide students in arts & crafts projects, baking and other activities 

  • Participate in outdoor and indoor games and sports

  • Share your interests and passions with the kids. 

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • Gain experience in education and tutoring

  • Share your skills and interests to engage students in a variety of fun projects

  • Develop your communication, mentorship, interpersonal, and youth engagement skills

  • Learn about the challenges and structural challenges faced by inner-city students


Must complete a Criminal Record Check


  • Your own interests and talents are welcomed by students and staff!

  • French is beneficial as some students are in the French immersion program.


Monday to Friday, times to be discussed.