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: info@nextstepliteracy.ca

  • If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, such as helping with special events or assisting in admin/office activities, please email info@nextstepliteracy.ca 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

Where are you located?

We are one hour North of San Francisco, tucked in between the towns of Petaluma and Marshall. Our address is 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road.

Is there wifi on campus?

Yes. All of our lodges, cabins, and meeting spaces have access to wireless internet, as well as the dining hall and barn.

Can I cook a meal during my stay?

Of course! Let us know in advance so we make sure you have access to one of our rooms that has a stove, oven, and sink. You will need to bring your own kitchen gear, silverware, and ingredients.

What is the emergency protocol?

Hicks Valley Fire Department would be called in the event of an emergency. Our staff are well-trained in incident-command systems and there are four certified EMTs who are “on call” as needed.

Is there wifi on campus?

Yes. We ask for everyone here to make sure their phone is not used in front of students, besides for taking the occasional photo. During breaks, teachers and cabin leaders are welcome to use their phone in select areas, if needed.

What’s the food like?

Our kitchen prepares food with care and can accommodate for a variety of needs and allergies

What about allergies?

Our kitchen staff are well-versed in allergy and food safety, especially regarding tree and peanut allergies. Because of the increasing prevalence of nut allergies, we are a nut-free facility. We can also accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets. If you have further questions, please contact our food service manager, Eric Briggs

What else is there to do in the area?

West Marin is famous for its cheese, oysters, farmland, and open space. If you have time, check out our neighboring towns! There is plenty to do, from walks in the hills to free cheese tastings at Cowgirl Creamery. Point Reyes - This seaside town at the base of Tomales Bay is the stopping point for many people exploring the national seashore. Book a kayaking tour, support a local bookstore, hike around, and explore artist’s galleries.
Petaluma - The land of butter and eggs is not just for foodies, with its cute main street and restaurants. Traditions like Dia de Los Muertos are big here, as is the Antique Fair and Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti. Sonoma - Whether hiking the Sonoma Mountains or looking for a scenic drive, there is much to do here. From canoeing on the Russian River to wandering the town, there is something for everyone here.

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