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It is projected that the number of adults with low-literacy skills in Canada will increase from 12.4 million in 2006 to 15 million in 2031. (www.sac-oac.ca)

Schools and teachers are continually being asked to do more with less funding and some families are stressed, both emotionally and financially.  As a result, some children may fall through the cracks and become part of the above statistic.


It has been said that literacy is an essential foundational skill in the 21st century.  Research has stated that people with low literacy skills have much lower employment rates which leads to an increased risk of poverty and the need for social assistance.  It is a reality that there is a negative impact on a person’s life who has low literacy skills, no matter what stage of life they are at – youth, adult or senior.  Connections between low literacy skills and crime have also been suggested.

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, St. Andrew Anglican Church will introduce its newest addition to It Takes a Village to Raise a Child community outreach program called BrainiACTS.  BrainiACTS is a once a week, after school club that will offer individual or small-group assistance with reading/literacy skills and homework completion. 

Building relationships, increasing confidence and developing  goal setting strategies will help your child become a life long learner!

During Grades ones to three children are learning to read.  After Grade three, children transition to reading to learn.  Keeping this in mind, BrainiACTS will be focusing on children in Grade three initially, to help children to build the foundational skills they need to learn to read, so they can read to learn.


Is your child in Grade three?  Does he or she have difficulty reading or need additional support? Are you interested in accessing an affordable and creative option to support your child’s reading development?  Complete the online registration form to begin the process. 


For more information contact Sheila Dickson, program coordinator, at


Coming This Fall...


Currently taking Registrations


Applications for Adult & Teen Volunteer Tutors

Child Registration Form 

Adult Volunteer Tutor Form

Teen Volunteer Application Form

Mission Statement:

To provide a safe, nurturing & secure environment, where youth can build strategies to improve their reading & writing skills and receive support with homework completion.

Change a life! Become a volunteer tutor.

Changing lives through literacy!  Literacy is a skill that enables you to read, write and use math in everyday life.


Volunteers are needed to tutor children in literacy and homework completion.


Our volunteers help young people develop their literacy skills through a guided program and fun activities, in a safe and nurturing environment.  Your help just may change the trajectory of a young person's life in a positive way.


This is an opportunity for you to make a positive impact in someone’s life, pouring the blessings of your life into ‘little lives’ and sharing from your experiences. As you connect and listen, you will help young people be better equipped to navigate through life and the issues they will face. 


When young people are able to solve their problems with reasonable success and feel increasingly confident in their own abilities to read and write, periods of struggle gradually become less frequent and less intense.


They begin to trust themselves and draw upon the solid resources and coping skills they have learned and nurtured within themselves.


Through your efforts, we continue to be the safety net. We continue to be the ‘village it takes to raise a child’.



TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER TUTOR, complete an application form and email it to s.dickson@standrewanglican.ca

For additional information please contact the above email.

* All volunteers must pass a background clearance and a thorough training process.

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