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About the Position
Position #: 17743
OrganizationStrong Start Charitable Organization
Position: Volunteer Coach for Reading Skills Program - Letters, Sounds and Words program
Location: For a list of sites, please visit http://strongstart.ca/programs/letters-sounds-and-words/sites/
Impact Statement: Our vision is that all children read.

Our Mission: To provide programs and services through community-wide partnerships to help children learn to read.

Our Goals:
- Assist young children in learning essential early reading skills.
- Build community by encouraging those who live and work in the community to be involved in supporting its children.
- Provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

Literacy skills are the strongest indicator of a child’s future success in life. The percentage of the population that reads at an acceptable level is a great predictor of the success of a community in maintaining economic growth and an excellent quality of life. Therefore, the community as a whole needs to take responsibility for helping children learn to read.
Description: The Letter, Sounds and Words program is a reading skills program designed to be implemented by volunteers who do not need to have related experience. It is used in schools, and is a 10-week program for 5 – 7 year-old children. It uses short games/activities to provide repetition to help young children recognize letters, a sound each one represents, how to learn words by sight and how to learn a word by using the sounds of its letters. Volunteer Coaches work with one child at a time and follow prescribed activities using the materials provided.
Requirements: Confidentiality, Specialized Training, Work Without Supervision
Training Details: New volunteers participate in two, 2-hour training sessions. The program and the volunteer training sessions have been designed to allow volunteers to be very independent in running the program over the 10 weeks. A list of training sessions is available at www.strongstart.ca.
Duration: 4 - 6 months
Timing: Weekday - Daytime
Time Detail: Offer your services by contacting a school that is using the program. Each site is responsible for recruiting its own volunteers. Volunteers give a minimum commitment of ˝ hour each week, for 10 weeks. If you need assistance to find a school at which to volunteer, please contact info@strongstart.ca.
Age: 18+
Ideal for: An Individual
Transportation: On a bus route
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible entrance, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Designated accessible parking space, Accessible work space
Area(s) of Interest: Children/Youth, Teaching/Tutoring
Skill(s): Coaching, Verbal Communication, Adaptability, Flexibility, Playing
How to Apply
Application Link:
Website: http://www.strongstart.ca
Email: Send an Email Message
Contact: Leslie Tinning
Phone: 519-743-9578 Ext. 108
Address: 20 Crestview Place Kitchener, N2B 0A2


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(Townships Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich)
151 Frederick Street, Suite 500
Kitchener ON N2H 2M2
Phone: 519 742 8610
Fax: 519 742 0559
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Friday: 9 am - 12 pm
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