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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.  We will get back to you to discuss the next steps. .





  • 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, text 705-896-9928 or drop by the office on 16 Victoria Street East.

Volunteer helping at Next Step

"Listen to this interview with Pat, one of our volunteer tutors" 

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

  • How much does it cost?
    Upgrading is FREE- it doesn’t cost anything to get upgrading. Next Step is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and our fundraisers.
  • What kind of upgrading do we offer?
    We offer many different upgrading options. Find more information on the different services we offer >>
  • What are your hours?
    Monday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Wednesday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm We are closed on holidays.
  • Where do tutors and students meet?
    Tutors and students usually meet at Next Step at 16 Victoria St. in Alliston, ON across the street from the library. See a map of our location>>
  • How do I become a student?
    Come in and visit us! You can also send us an email – we will be happy to talk with you. We will schedule a time to meet with you and arrange a learning plan and tutor.
  • What if I don't like my program?
    If you don’t like your program we will change it for you. You are totally in control of your program and goals. Find more information on our programs >>
  • What if I can't learn?
    If you are not making progress we aren’t using the right materials or approach. Talk to your tutor or the office and we will make some changes.
  • What if I miss a class, will I have to tell you why?"
    No, you don’t have to tell us why you miss a class but we appreciate it when you call beforehand to let us know you will be missing a class. Please call as soon as you know you won’t be attending.
  • What happens if I miss a lot of classes?
    If you need to miss a class please call Next Step and we will contact your tutor to cancel your session. If you miss three classes without informing anyone we will probably have to remove you from our program.
  • What happens if I need vacation time?
    If you need vacation time you can talk to your tutor and inform the Training and Development Manager. They will arrange things for your vacation.
  • What if I can't come because I don't have transportation to get there or can't afford to pay for gas or pay for a babysitter?
    We can help. You will be asked to fill-in a form and provide us with proof of income and we will pay for taxi, mileage or a babysitter.

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
Volunteer info


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