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.
Orientation Workshop for New Volunteers:
First Tuesday of every month
This is the process that you as a new volunteer undergo within P.A.L.S.
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.
Training is provided for the volunteer. This consists of an Orientation, Area Training – Literacy, LELL or Math Literacy workshop. Volunteers are welcome to attend all training sessions even if they wish to work in only one area.
Outcomes Workshop & Roundtable Workshop will be held twice a year. Each tutor is required to take the outcomes workshop within six months of training.
All trained tutors will be matched within one month of area training, provided that the police check has been returned “clear”.
Professional Development Workshops
Professional Development Workshops are held twice a year on a subject of interest to Literacy, LELL and Math Literacy volunteers.
There are opportunities for volunteers to attend conferences. These conferences are: Vitalize in June, ATLELL in October and the Literacy Conference, if one is planned. If you are interested in attending any one of these conferences, please inform the program coordinator.
P.A.L.S. Student and Volunteer Conference. Every two years, P.A.L.S. hosts a one-day conference for student and volunteers. This is in the odd years.
Annual Focus Groups
Every spring P.A.L.S. conducts focus groups with students and tutors. We would appreciate your and your student’s participation in the groups. This is your opportunity to assist in setting the direction for P.A.L.S.