Writers' Exchange

About the organization

The Writers' Exchange offers free literacy programs to over 800 kids per year. Writers’ Exchange literacy mentors get kids excited about reading and writing. With the support of staff programmers, mentors work closely with small groups of kids to complete super fun literacy projects, giving each child receives the attention and enthusiastic high-fives that she or he deserves. Read more about The Writers’ Exchange.

What you'll do

In-School or After-School Literacy Mentor

  • Help students in grades 1 to 7 with fun creative writing, crafts and art projects (some of which may eventually published in our professional chapbooks!)
  • Work with students to complete homework from all subjects
  • Support the social, emotional and behavioural development of at-risk kids

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • Strategies for making reading and writing fun and engaging for learners of all abilities.
  • Understanding the challenges that at-risk kids face in their lives.
  • A huge boost to your creativity and communication skills
  • Awesome experience for a future career working with at-risk kids (maybe as a teacher, educational support worker, social worker, child psychologist, etc.).

Requirements

  • For this placement, you must also fill out an application form for the Writers’ Exchange – in the paragraph section, please indicate that you are applying through the Trek Program.
  • Must complete a Criminal Record Check
  • Must attend a 3-hour orientation in September, and 1.5 hour training session on Wednesday, October 18th from 5:30 – 7pm.
  • Must be fully committed to attending all weekly shifts for at least one full term

Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with kids is great, and/or 1 – 2 years of post-secondary education in child/youth work, education, and/or child psychology, but is not required.
  • A strong desire to actively learn how to help creative, fun kids get excited about literacy
  • A love of reading, and writing, and the desire to share it (you do NOT need to be a English Literature major to apply! We are looking for mentors from diverse backgrounds who have an appreciation for creative expression)
  • An enjoyment of energetic environments
  • Extremely adaptable and patient
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think on your feet
  • Curiosity, excitement about learning, and enthusiasm for trying out cool crafts and activities

Scheduling

  • Mondays  3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays  3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays  3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays  3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Fridays 3:00pm – 5:00pm

In-school programs schedule to be determined (programs take place during the school day, in teacher’s classrooms)

Locations

Writers' Exchange
881 E. Hastings St.
Vancouver,  BC Canada V6A 1R8

Writers' Room
Queen Alexandra Elementary, 1300 E. Broadway 
Vancouver, BC Canada V5N 5P2