Literacy Tutor/Group Facilitator

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Posted Date: May 03, 2022

Time CommitmentMinimum one year time commitment. Meet with participants for the duration of their learning cycles for three hours a week.
Minimum Age18
Location(s)North York Dufferin St YMCA located at 4580 Dufferin Street. Virtual opportunities available.

Program Description

The YMCA Learning Opportunities Program (LOP) provides skills upgrading for adults 18 years and older to help them achieve their goal of employment, further education, apprenticeship or greater independence. Services includes small group instruction, personalized tutoring, online training and basic computer and other digital technology skills training. Employment coaches are also available on site. Volunteers partner with staff to help participants improve reading, writing, math, computer and/or life skills. 


Major Duties

Major Duties May Include:

  • Assisting individuals or small groups to improve reading, writing, numeracy or computer skills.
  • Using a learner-centered approach in order to help participants achieve literacy goals.
  • Providing support and encouragement to motivate participants.
  • Updating staff on participant’s progress.


  • Minimum age 18.
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Be comfortable with one’s own reading, writing, numeracy skills.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Completion of full tutor training sessions provided by the YMCA.
  • Virtual volunteers must have access to computer and internet.
  • Knowledge of Zoom or WhatsApp an asset.
  • Acceptance and adherence to YMCA Values, policies and procedures.


  • Make a difference in the lives of adult learners by helping them with their reading and writing skills.
  • Develop your interpersonal, communication and teaching skills.
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Gain valuable Canadian work experience.
  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values.

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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Why Volunteer for the Y?

 The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values — kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and optimism — the YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful positions and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities.

Our Commitments

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. As outlined in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In the future we see for our region, everyone will have opportunities to shine their brightest.


Mirroring the diversity we’re privileged to have in the GTA, our YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of our communities. For 170 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has provided opportunities for people to shine through a variety of programs and services including health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. When you donate to the YMCA of Greater Toronto, you help ensure more people get access to these vital programs that help them connect, grow, and reach their full potential.