Apply to be a Mentor
Find a day/time that works best for you:
Tuesday 2-5pm or 2:45-6pm;
Thursday 2-5pm or 2:30-6pm
The time commitment is approx 3 hours per week (including travel time to and from the school) for a duration of 10 weeks over one semester (FALL: last week of Sept to first week of Dec. WINTER: last week of Jan to first week of April).
NEW HZ VOLUNTEERS: Click HERE to apply.
RETURNING HZ VOLUNTEERS: Click HERE to apply.
Attend the mandatory HZ Orientation (Winter: January 27th, 12-3pm)
Benefits and Recognition:
Letter of attestation from the Dean of Students for volunteers who complete at least 30 hours (includes orientation and travel time).
Bus/metro tickets are available on demand
Contribute to an innovative academic and socio-emotional enrichment program for children who need the extra support
Students are trained and supported in their work as mentors and tutors by SEDE and professionals from the education field
Gain skills in communication, leadership, teaching and time management
Workshops and reflection events are organized throughout the year to help mentors get the most out of their experience
Work with other McGill students and explore the Montreal community beyond McGill!
Community Workshops and Activities
Homework Zone invites McGill students, student clubs and Montréal community members to share their passion and skills by facilitating a 40-minute Community Activity at one or all of our six participating HZ schools around Montréal. Available dates are during the last two weeks of October, November, February and March. Start times are either 3 or 4pm, depending on the school.
For McGill students, these activities provide your club or service with a great chance to engage with the Montréal community and consider new applications for your skills and interests. Past workshops: Caligraffiti, yoga, drama therapy, map making, astrophysics, poetry, music appreciation, activity that explored global food trade.
If you are interested in facilitating a workshop with Homework Zone:
Read the HZ Community Activity Guide for Facilitators
Click the link to tell us your availabilities for the Autumn and Winter semesters
Fill out the Activity Proposal Form
Email form and any questions to anurag.dhir [at] mcgill.ca (Anurag Dhir) or call 514-398-3745
Koby Song Nichols
To celebrate all that he’s done for Homework Zone and his mentees, we sat down with Koby to reflect on his experiences at HZ.
Originally from Arizona, USA, Koby Song Nichols became a student at McGill University in Fall 2013. At McGill, he was in the Arts and Science program, majoring in Organismal Biology and East Asian Studies.
Koby first heard about Homework Zone in 2015 through an e-mail sent out by the SEDE office. Since then, Koby has volunteered for five semesters, for a total of 150 hours! He volunteered at two schools: Orchard Elementary and Riverview Elementary, and has had 3 mentees over the years.
This past year, Koby took on a leadership role while volunteering. He took over for the Volunteer Coordinator whenever needed, supported his fellow McGill mentors, and was a constant guide to all those who needed him. Koby was there to welcome new mentors at the Orientation, to build camaraderie with his fellow mentors at the reflection events and farewell get-togethers, and to constantly support his mentees.
When asked what kept him coming back to Homework Zone, Koby responded: “The kids. It was being able see my mentees grow throughout each semester. To be able to see their confidence grow so that they started to problem solve on their own. Seeing their growth and confidence helped me tackle my own studies at McGill. They remind me that success requires a lot of hard work.”
Koby explains that his defining moment at HZ was when his first mentee, Lucas, visited McGill campus for myDay@McGill. “I asked him what the highlight of his day was. He said that his favourite moment was getting to see me again.”
In his last three semesters at HZ, Koby worked with a mentee named Tristan.
"Every Tuesday for three semesters I had the honor to spend a few hours with Tristan, a fourth grader and one of the best mentees I could have asked for. Although Homework Zone was supposed to be a time to help him with his homework, it became a space where Tristan and I could not only work together to solve problems, but also where I could see him grow more and more confidence and we could both encourage each other to keep growing.
From seeing his eyes light up as I walked into the room to him telling me that I am a great ‘drawer’ (even though my drawing skills aren’t that great), working with Tristan was a clear affirmation of how having someone who believes in you and encourages you can have incredible impacts on how you tackle life’s challenges.”
Now, Koby is tackling his next challenge: a Master’s at the University of Toronto, studying diasporic Chinese history. We at HZ sincerely wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors, Koby!
The Homework Zone | Program details | Volunteer | Information for partners
The Homework Zone
Homework Zone is an after-school mentorship program connecting McGill students with elementary-aged students for 2 hours per week over a 10 or 20 week period of the school year. Homework Zone volunteers come from all over the world, (almost) every McGill faculty, and every level of post-secondary education.
- Host Faculty/Dept/Student Group: Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE)
- Main contact:gabrielle.jacobs [at] mcgill.ca (Gabrielle Jacobs)
- Outreach website:Sede Homework Zone
- Languages offered: English and French
- Year established: 2012
- Location and timeline: Off campus ine elementary schools, from October to May.
- Collaborative partners: We collaborate with various SSMU student clubs; with staff from Student Services; faculty in Education; In Montreal: Elementary schools in the Lester B. Pearson School board, various artists, educators and professionals who contribute to the creative workshops.
Per semester: 4-hour training; 3 hours per week mentoring (travel included); 2-hour reflection event.
- Leadership development, education experience working with young students, in neighborhoods where access to meaningful education is a challenge due to various factors that impact a youth’s connection to their learning.
- Learn with other McGill students how to be a mentor and what it means to ‘give back’.
- Get out of the McGill bubble by being a part of another Montreal neighbourhood.
- Completion of program earns a letter of attestation from the Dean of Students.
“I not only learnt more about the person I am but the two students I helped as well. The knowledge of myself and the children grew.”
“The support we have as mentors is unlike any other program I have volunteered for before.”
To get involved contact Gabrielle Jacobs.
Information for partners
How the program impacts teaching and learning
- Complement education students receive in class; homework help keeps students on top of their schoolwork; working with mentors in school creates deeper connection to their school.
- Focus on school expectations and creative expression provides a balance to learning that includes the interests and talents of each child.
- By developing relationships between primary students and those in university, young students have a chance to see what life is like when they continue their education as well as seeing themselves as life-long learners.
To access the program, contact Gabrielle.Jacobs [at] mcgill.ca (Gabrielle Jacobs).