"The assistance our school receives from Frontier College is extremely important in helping us meet the diverse needs of our student population. The Junior Chefs program involves volunteers working with students to do meal planning. They read recipes, measure and follow instructions to prepare a wonderful meal to enjoy together. The Acting For Life drama group allows our students to express themselves creatively as they learn the basic skills needed to develop, write and perform their own drama projects. We are fortunate to have such a partnership with Frontier College and their trained volunteers are invaluable to the extra-curricular activities we can offer our students."
Community School Coordinator, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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"The same kids returned to the centre week after week for help with their homework. This is very remarkable and speaks volumes about the type of service offered by Frontier College [volunteers], as most of the children and youth come from families that do not have the skills to promote education and are not used to attending any type of program on a regular basis."
Community partner, Moncton, New Brunswick
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"[A couple of kids] had just arrived [at the shelter] earlier that day. They had . seen a great deal of violence and had experienced times when they were scared their mom would be hurt by their dad . I had spent the evening talking with them about their experiences in the past couple of days. One child's hands were shaking. She said they had been doing that all day. The next time I went into the living room, these same children were curled up beside a woman from the Reading Circle. She held a large storybook and was sharing the words. . The children were immersed in the world they belonged in: a calm, playful and joyful place. Thank you to all the volunteers for your time, experience, effort and all you bring to the shelter. [The volunteers] offer a child at the shelter a moment of peace: a wonderful memory for them to carry with them."
Kingston Interval House, Kingston, ON
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"Most of the families [in our program] are single mothers who are struggling with issues of poverty. There is a high need for support and role models for the children. With our partnership with Frontier College, we are able to meet the needs of some of these families through the tutoring program. . Response has been tremendous from the community! Parents are very happy with the dedication that the tutors have toward the program. One mom told me that a tutor picked up her son and took him to visit his university for a class and tour. For the next week, all that the child talked about was that he was going to go to university some day. As the mom told me this, you could hear the pride in her voice. Parents in the community often only hear about their child's challenges; the Frontier College tutoring program promotes the child's strengths. . It is more than just tutoring; it is showing children what they are capable of doing and giving them a chance to shine."
Bayers/Westwood Family Resource Center, Halifax, NS
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"The service you provide is extremely valuable. It is able to reach out and attract many inmates who lack literacy skills. The program . is able to attract those inmates who, for various reasons, will not go to school. [This] is extremely beneficial, as these inmates have no other place to go to have their reading skills reinforced. I cannot finish without mentioning the invaluable pro-social skills that the tutors model for inmates. This may be the only normal interaction that many of these inmates have with other human beings. This temporary normalization of the environment, for two hours on Thursday nights, is what the inmates look forward to and should never be underestimated in helping to contribute to their successful rehabilitation."
Kingston Penitentiary, Kingston, ON