Study Buddy Program

“Mentoring is important because everybody needs someone to look up to.” – Little Study Buddy Haleluya

Mentoring is important because everybody needs someone to look up to.” – Little Study Buddy Haleluya

Girls with a mentor are 2.5 times more confident in their ability to be successful at school.

Girls with a mentor are 2.5 times more confident in their ability to be successful at school.

“I never would’ve thought I could be the kind of person who could go to college and accomplish it, but I can.” – Little Study Buddy Olimpia

“I never would’ve thought I could be the kind of person who could go to college and accomplish it, but I can.” – Little Study Buddy Olimpia

Step 1. General Information

The Study Buddy program is a weekly one-to-one mentoring relationship that focuses on school work. Littles in this program not only improve their academics but also report a higher level of self-esteem.This program is for girls, transgender youth, and non-binary youth who need academic assistance and cannot access other tutoring services due to financial constraints.

The program requires one tutoring session per week (one hour) for a minimum six-month commitment. Sessions take place at a mutually-agreeable location (e.g. library) after school or on weekends. The program runs through the summer depending on the needs of the Little Study Buddy and the match’s summer schedule. We encourage our new matches to continue to meet over the summer because even if they aren’t working on homework, they’re building a stronger connection.
 
The program strives to do the following:

  • Provide an academic role model to girls, transgender youth, and non-binary youth ages 7-17
  • Increase educational performance
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and increase school attendance
  • Enhance educational goal setting
  • Decrease disruptive behaviour in school

Study Buddies work together to set appropriate educational goals for the Little. With the support of a Study Buddy tutor, Little Study Buddies are encouraged and equipped to improve their educational performance and meet their academic goals, which contributes to their overall self-esteem.

Step 2. Requirements

To become a Study Buddy mentor, you must be:

  • Age 19 or older female, transgender, or non-binary individual
  • Mature, stable, reliable and respectful of others
  • Canadian resident for the past year (or able to provide an International Criminal Records Check)
  • Able to commit to spending one hour a week with your Little Study Buddy for at least six months (yes, occasional vacations and work travel are fine!)
  • Interested in helping a girl, transgender youth, or non-binary youth aged 7-17 reach their academic goals
  • Have a high school diploma and some post-secondary (in-progress or complete)
  • Have experience helping others learn
  • Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English

Step 3. Apply Now!

We’re so glad you’re interested in becoming a Study Buddy mentor! Before continuing, please take a moment to review the following slideshow about being a mentor:

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The application form is quite detailed. We gather as much information as possible so we can make the best match between you and a Little Study Buddy. Instructions to initiate your Criminal Records Check (CRC) are in the application form and will also be emailed to you. Don’t forget to include a picture of yourself and confirm that you initiated your CRC after you submit your application.

 

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Step 4. Next Steps

You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application. Your application will be processed and your references contacted within 2-4 weeks. Once all your references are complete, we will be in touch to register you for a upcoming training session. We hold our training sessions at our Vancouver location to make use of the cost free space we have. After you attend training and your (and, if applicable, your live-in partner’s)  CRC is complete, your caseworker will schedule an in-person interview with you. 

Finally, your application will be reviewed for acceptance. Once accepted, we’ll begin finding a Little Study Buddy for you. We try to match you with a youth who lives in your city. Your caseworker will provide you with on-going support and check-ins during your match.

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