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You can help by becoming a Next Step volunteer.

  • If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please fill out the following form.





  • If you are interested in serving on our volunteer board, please email a letter of interest with your resume attached to:

  • If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, such as helping with special events or assisting in admin/office activities, please email and tell us about yourself. You can also call 705-435-5624 or drop by the office on 16 Victoria Street East.

Volunteer helping at Next Step

TUTORing at Next Step

Our tutors make a huge difference in their student’s lives each day by opening up new opportunities. Tutors also find their own lives changed by helping others. All of our tutors are volunteers and are trained based on Laubach’s “Each One – Teach One” principle. Find more information about Laubach’s system of passing along our learning: Laubach Literacy Ontario

More Information


A 15 hour Laubach Literacy Ontario approved basic reading and writing workshop. Additional workshops at Next Step or other locations.

Tutoring session location

Next Step, or any mutually agreed upon location.


Generally 2 hours per week, for a minimum of one year.


  • Meet regularly with your student.
  • Complete monthly reports.
  • Maintain the student’s confidentiality at all times.
  • Provide encouragement and support, assisting the students to develop a positive self-image and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Prepare learning activities relating to the student’s short and long term goals which recognize and build on student’s prior knowledge and experience.
  • Notify Next Step or the Training Development Manager if you are not meeting with your student on a regular basis, or if you experience any problems.
  • Keep up to date on literacy issues through newsletters, seminars, and meetings.


  • To assist adults (ages 19-65+) to improve reading, writing, and numeracy skills.
  • To create a positive learning environment while showing sensitivity to diverse ethnic/economic/cultural backgrounds.
  • To encourage students to actively participate in all aspects of the learning process.
  • To promote independent and lifelong learning.
  • To continually evaluate student progress and encourage student self-assessment.


A tutor should be dependable, sensitive to others, a good listener, flexible, patient, optimistic, friendly, non-judgmental, open-minded, and have a sense of humour. Some post-secondary training/education is an asset.

how to become a tutor








Fill out the application form


Have an informal talk with Training and Development Manager. 

Obtain a letter from Next Step requesting a police check. In person or we can email it to you. 

Take letter to OPP for police check (no charge to you)


Obtain OPP check and bring to Next Step.


Participate in a 15 hour training session at Next Step (at no charge to the tutor)*


Be matched with a student

*Training sessions take place when numbers warrant.

happy male tutor giving high five to happy female student