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Student Open Circles - Volunteers Needed for May and June

April 28, 2018 11:05 AM | Anonymous
Retirees are needed to help with a major community engagement project offered by Student Open Circles during the school year. More than 300 McMaster University students volunteer weekly at agencies throughout Hamilton. Many of these students volunteer in one of two programs as tutors and mentors for children and youth:
  • the LAF (Learning and Fun) afterschool program at Welcome Inn for children in Grades 1 to 8 and 
  • Pathways to Education for high school students on Tuesday evenings at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre.
During May and June, many McMaster students are unable to continue this work. So we are asking for MURA members to help to fill this gap so these children and youth can continue to receive help until the end of school year.
Here are quotes from two McMaster volunteers:

Justin Brunet:
“I volunteer and facilitate at Pathways to Education, a tutoring program for at-risk high school students at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre. Not only do we assist in homework and assignments, we also act as a mentor and social support system for these students. Knowing that students are excited to see you at Pathways and specifically ask for your tutoring help is heartwarming. The volunteers who have worked with me at Pathways continuously tell me that they enjoy being there each week and have provided large amounts of positive feedback!”

Betty Zhang:
“I began volunteering with Student Open Circles as a tutor and mentor for new youth immigrants and was exposed to the vulnerability of young refugees. I was deeply moved as I got to know a young girl who had spent over seven years at a refugee camp in Lebanon with limited access to education and role models. Now, in the Canadian school system, she not only struggled with English literacy, but also with believing in her ability to achieve her ambitions. I realized that even more than textbooks, she needed a mentor to help her believe in herself. I had the privilege of watching her grow every week while volunteering.”

We can support McMaster students’ valuable work during the academic year by filling in the gap left when their term has ended. Thanks for considering this opportunity.

LAF (Learning and Fun) after school program – choose 1 of Mondays – Thursdays (2:50pm-5:30pm)
  • Work with at-risk kids in small groups and one-on-one using creative and fun tools to assist with financial literacy activities, homework completion, and social skills. Help facilitate activities and programming for students from Grades 1-8

Pathways to Education – Tuesdays (4:30-7:35pm)
  • Tutor high school students through homework assignments, studying, social engagement and conversation

For more information or to sign up for a weekly volunteer group, contact the Student Open Circles’ Community Volunteer Action Program at

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