In the past few months, I have been a volunteer at the Lita and Mikey Homework Club in Regent Park. As a tutor and a mentor, I have developed multiple connections with my students and watched them grow and succeed. One grade five student I was working with brought an assignment to the Homework Club which was to deliver a public speech to his classmates. For several weeks, we polished the speech together and talked about ideas. The end result was a speech about sneakers, and the role they play in the experience of his peers. My student talked about shoes as status symbols, how they must not be a way to make friends, about powerful advertising and child labour practices. I was very proud of him. In our next meeting, he was excited and told me that he won first place in his class and will now deliver his speech in front of the whole school. A shy but bright kid has gained confidence that will sustain him for years to come.
- Ve’ahavta tutor, The Lita and Mikey Newcomers Homework Club in Regent Park