In Saskatchewan, 33% of the population - approximately 300,000 people - struggle daily with literacy.
(Source: International Adult Literacy Survey - 2007)
Our volunteers are our most valuable resource in our work to turn around this staggering statistic. READ Saskatoon provides training and support for all of its volunteers, and works hard to ensure everyone - learners and volunteers alike - feels like a part of the team.
READ Saskatoon provides training to all its volunteers.
Orientation – READ Saskatoon's orientation introduces the community and prospective volunteers to our agency, literacy facts and challenges facing our city, province, and country. Here you will learn about our literacy programs and services and the various volunteer opportunities available. To find the next Orientation, click here.
Lead Literacy Coach Training – This training provides volunteers with methods and strategies for working with adult learners. The training includes introduction to cultural competencies as well as interactive exercises to help volunteers become more familiar with various coaching techniques.
Family Literacy Volunteer Training - Family Literacy Volunteer Training provides volunteers who are interested in working with families, in supporting parents/caregivers as their child’s first teacher, in a group setting.
Child's Reading Guide Volunteer Training - This training provides volunteers with methods and strategies for working with elementary school children during the day.
Requirements for our prospective volunteers:
In addition to training, READ Saskatoon screens all prospective volunteers thoroughly and reserves the right to refuse and/or to reassign volunteers to best meet the needs of our learners and the agency. A minimum commitment of six (6) months is requested.
We ask that all prospective volunteers provide READ Saskatoon with the following:
- Attend an orientation prior to applying. Visit the events page to register for the next orientation date.
- Application Form: The volunteer application form provides us with your current contact information, references and areas of greatest interest. Download the form, fill it out, and bring it to the READ Saskatoon office along with your Criminal Security Check.
- Criminal Security Check with Vulnerable Sector Search: In order for your application process to be complete, we will need an original copy of your results.
- Read and agree to READ Saskatoon policies and procedures.
5. Once your application has been approved, attend a training in the area that best interests you:
- Family Literacy Volunteer Training
- Lead Literacy Coach Training
- will start again in the fall