Volunteers from the community are mentors and leaders in the P.A.L.S.’ programs. Volunteers work with the adult students to meet their goals and set the direction for the programs. Volunteers are crucial partners in achieving the outcomes - the changes in the lives of the students.
Our strategy is to have volunteer work in a one-on-one match or in a small group of students. The match builds on the prior learning of the adult student, improves skills to meet the student’s goals, and builds capacity for the student. The adult students improve skills in reading, writing, comprehension, math, and language skills. Volunteers and adult students meet at times that accommodate their schedules.
The Volunteer Coordinator interviews the prospective tutor. The applicant is asked to provide the names, address and postal codes for three (3) personal references and consent to a police check. Volunteers are matched after the references and police check have been received.
Orientations provide general information about P.A.L.S. including, our core beliefs, relevant policies for volunteering and outcomes.
Volunteer tutors attend a 1 1/2 - 3 hour training session in their chosen program which provides specific information including materials available, tracking and reporting and the student/tutor match process.
Professional Development Workshops
Professional Development Workshops are held twice a year on a subject of interest to Literacy, LELL and Math Literacy volunteers. Outcomes workshops are also offered twice a year.
There are opportunities for volunteers to attend conferences. Every two years, P.A.L.S. hosts a one-day conference for student and volunteers.