Tutoring Support Programs through Community Partners

The York Region District School Board is excited to provide information regarding our Tutoring Support Program Funding. As a part of the Province’s efforts to support learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new funding has been allocated for the 2021-22 school year for Tutoring Support Programs. Project funding will provide small group tutoring supports for students. The purpose of this funding is to offer programs that will support learning recovery and renewal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

YRDSB has included an opportunity to partner with community organizations who can provide tutoring supports to specific students. These tutoring programs will prioritize math, literacy and other foundational learning skills and are intended to promote learning recovery and to help address achievement and skills development gaps. In addition, these programs will support learning in a trusted environment grounded in the language, culture and community norms for students.

The following community partners will be providing Tutoring Support Programs up until August 31, 2022.


African-Canadian Coalition against Hate, Oppression & Racism (ANCHOR) (formerly Vaughan African Canadian Association) - Summer Tutoring (2 programs)

Description: Two different programs that offer tutoring to students through a culturally-affirming lens.

Target Audience: Students in grades 4 - 12.

Contact Information: director@anchorcanada.com


Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada -Ahmadiyya Summer School, Ahmadiyya Tutoring Club, and STEM Workshops

Description: Ahmadiyya Summer School is a four week full time program for Grade 1-8 students that covers curriculum subjects and other activities. Ahmadiyya Tutoring Club is for Grade 1-12 students for tutoring and runs on weekday evenings. STEM workshops provide Grade 5-12 opportunities to work with industry/academic experts.

Target Audience: Grades 1-12 (depending on programs described above)

Contact: Dr. Tauseef Khan at talim@ahmadiyya.ca

Additional Information: Spots are available and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel York -Camp Ignite

Description: Virtual tutoring program in small and medium sized groups for 1.5 hours per week via Zoom over the months of July and August. Tutors in this program have experience in the field of education and will be able to engage participants on their unique academic journey. Interactive discussions and activities related to interpersonal connection and self-care will promote social- emotional competence and well-being. Grade appropriate curriculum in the areas of literacy and numeracy will enhance educational engagement and help improve participants’ confidence in their academic abilities.

Target Audience: Elementary school children between the ages of 6-13

Contact: Devinder Hallan at Devinder.hallan@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Additional Information: Registration is now open for this virtual summer program. Interested families may register online.


Jericho Youth Services -Tutoring Supports Program

Description: Quality academic support for students who have struggled during the pandemic and empowering confidence in students.

Target Audience: Students in grades 1 - 4

Contact: Emma Sime at emma.sime@jerichoys.org


Jewish Child and Family Services - Summer Homework Club

Description: Homework Club (HWC) will offer high quality tutoring, free of charge, to local youth in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School students

Contact Information: Sharyn Feldman, Supervisor, Family Resource Center sfeldman@jfandcs.com


Learning Disabilities Association of York Region - Reading Rocks and Jump Math

Description: In addition to foundational literacy skills, Reading Rocks is an intervention approach that uses motivational tactics to engage children in the reading process. These tactics are designed to actively engage children in their own learning and are engaged through the use of instructional workstations that tutors design and tailor to each child’s needs.

JUMP Math is an individualized tutoring program for students aged 8-14 who are performing a minimum of one year behind in the area of math due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected math disability (dyscalculia), and who are showing signs of math anxiety.

Target Audience: Children ages 8-14 years

Contact: Sam.harrison@ldayr.org, 905-884 7933 ext. 6


Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association (MACCA) -Pandemic Recovery: Summer Reading Robotic Camp

Description: Literacy, Numeracy, TD Bank Financial Literacy for Kids, STEAM Learning Activity( focus on the Math)

Target Audience: Aged 6-12 years

Contact: (905) 946-9998


Play Forever -Play Forever Tutor Program

Description: One to One and group tutoring services. Drop in group tutoring takes plays Monday to Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and is organized based on individual needs.

Target Audience: Ages 8-18, however most of our target audience has been elementary school kids 8- 13 years old. A majority of our youth also come from underserved and marginalized communities, single parent families and newcomers.

Contact: Mohammed Al-Salem at mohammed@playforever.ca


Project Abraham -Summer Homework Club

Description: Up to 2 hours per week of 1:1 tutoring either online or in-person throughout the summer. In-person sessions take place in the student's home. A special focus is given to Math and English (ESL) but other subjects for which the student needs support will also be covered.

Target Audience: K to Grade 12 for newcomers and students with barriers to learning

Contact Information: Debbie Rose at debbierose@projectabraham.ca

Additional Information: The program is now full. Registration is closed.


York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities - Summer Literacy Identity and Math Program (SLIM Program)

Description: Summer Literacy Identity and Math Program (SLIM Program) is a Covid-19 Recovery Program. Its aim is to “go back and fetch” our students

bounciness, strengthen Black students Math and Literacy Skills while reinforcing their Cultural Identity and evoke the connections between standard curriculum , culture and the environments. The Summer Literacy Identity & Math Program will be running from June 27th to August 25th. Due to the vast size of York Region and mission to fill the representation void, classes will be on a hybrid schedule (meaning programs will be online for 90 minutes each time, Mondays thru Thursdays Online and Saturdays in Person. The Program will also be enhanced by Parents family field trips to our Community Garden, where our community Elders will share the importance of food security, organic food, herbs, nature and environmental stewardship.

Parent engagement will be encouraged. Drumming in- person lessons will be included. Cultural Identity includes the richness of African and Indigenous history.

Target Audience: Students in grades 3-6

Contact Information: www.yorkregionaacc.ca Phone: 647-425-5700 Email: Gmgr@yorkregionaacc.ca


Youth Assisting Youth -Virtual Tutoring Program

Description: Offers both one to one and group tutoring programs to York Region clients to assist with the social and academic needs of students. The program runs Monday-Friday from 4-7pm where students meet with their tutor to cover homework, review lesson plans, complete worksheets, and develop meaningful relationships together.

Target Audience: Students aged 6-15 from York Region

Contact: Edward Carlson at ecarlson@yay.org

Additional Information: We have up to 40 spots still available for the Virtual Tutoring Program


Contact Us

Any questions regarding Tutoring Supports provided by YRDSB Community Partners should be directed to:

Wendy Swaine, retired Principal on assignment at wendy.swaine@yrdsb.ca or;

Elizabeth Lau, Principal in Curriculum and Instructional Services at elizabeth.lau@yrdsb.ca.