Reading Buddies


Bring stories and reading to life for students in Grades 1 through 3! Reading Buddies volunteers share books and play fun literacy games with their “little buddy” in a group setting that’s facilitated by a staff member. Volunteers encourage children to read, and make reading fun! This is a youth volunteer opportunity for Grades 7-12.

Program Goals

  • Ensure a safe and friendly environment for young students to experience the magic of reading
  • Spark an interest in reading
  • Provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring skills


Fall / Winter / Spring
1.5-hour programs
Six-week sessions
Dates and times vary depending on location

1.5-hour sessions
Five consecutive days
Monday to Friday
Dates and times vary depending on location

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Junior or senior high school students (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to motivate and mentor children from diverse backgrounds
  • Reliable and a positive attitude
  • Strong literacy skills
  • Commit to all program dates

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend an orientation and training session
  • Create a positive, fun, and rewarding environment
  • Be a positive role model for participants
  • Attend each program in the volunteer term


An online orientation and training to review program materials and will be emailed to volunteers before the program begins. This will be followed by a one-hour in-person “meet and greet” before the first program.


  • Meet new people and explore new opportunities
  • Have fun and contribute to your community
  • Develop inter-personal, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and time management skills

Help Needed

Applications being accepted at all locations

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Jasmine Retzer