Welcome to the Community Hub
Each community program involved in the L2L program has a designated L2L Coordinator who is responsible for tailoring the program to suit the context of their particular community and to engage and supporting youth involved in the program. An L2L Trainer is also assigned to each participating community organization to train tutors and collaborate with the L2L Coordinator to ensure that each participating student is successful.
L2L Tutors are older students who work one-on-one with a matched Peer to mentor and help them in their academics.
L2L Peers are younger students who need extra support in their school work or guidance in school and beyond.
Trainers are educators with over 25 years of experience. They lead training sessions on personalized learning, check-in throughout the program, and facilitate leadership development with Tutors.
Community Coordinators are often teachers, administrators or other staff members at the school who collaborate with the L2L Trainer to manage the program at their school.
Youth-centered and personalized learning approaches are at the core of the L2L training curriculum.
At the beginning of each L2L community program, tutors receive support from an L2L Trainer who comes to their school to facilitate 2-3 hours on tutoring strategies with an emphasis on learning styles, multiple intelligences, and mindsets.
At set intervals between tutoring sessions, tutors meet with other tutors and their L2L Trainers for ongoing training to discuss strategies, engage in problem-solving and role-playing activities, and to share experiences with one another.
Each Tutor is matched with a Peer by their L2L Community Coordinator, and the tutor is responsible for leading at least ten hours of one-on-one peer-tutoring to help their peer improve their academic standing in a particular subject.
These sessions are catered to the particular learning needs of the peer. Warm-up exercises, fun educational activities, and other resources are provided in training and on an ongoing basis to support tutors in the delivery of these sessions.
The Community Coordinator
Every school engaged in L2L programming has a Community Coordinator responsible for the program and the reason for the program’s success.
The Community Coordinator plays an instrumental role in initiating the L2L program at a school by identifying the need for the program, leading the selection of Tutors, and matching Tutors with Peers.
Community Coordinators are often administrators or guidance counsellors, but this role is open to anyone on staff at a school. L2L provides reference letters for School Coordinators who would like to include L2L in their leadership portfolio.
Responsibilities of a Community Co-ordinator
Benefits to students
Tutors participate in L2L for a variety of reasons. Secondary schools offer our program for academic credit, or for volunteer hours, and all who complete the program receive a certificate from L2L.
One benefit that tutors always report to us is the feeling that they’ve made a difference in the life of another student who needed help. The personal relationships that are created between tutors and their peers enhance their community, with friendships being formed across grade levels. Peers involved have experienced increased academic success and confidence in subjects in which they were initially weak.
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Frequently asked questions
The L2L program model is simple and flexible, which makes it easily adaptable to suit the particular needs of any given school. The following 4 core elements are common to every school:
- 2-3 tutor training sessions with an L2L trainer
- 10 hours of one-on-one peer-tutoring sessions
- Group review and debrief meetings between L2L tutors and trainers after intervals of 3, 6 and 10 tutoring sessions
- Final celebration and certificate distribution ceremony
L2L programming can start at various points during the school year. The latest recommended start date for an L2L program is January for elementary schools, and February for semestered secondary schools. With 2-3 training sessions for tutors, at least 10 of peer-tutoring sessions, 3 mid-program review meetings, a final review meeting, and celebration, each L2L program takes at least a couple months from start to finish.
The most important thing to consider when planning and scheduling an L2L school program is what will work in the specific context of a school. Some schools will want to support a particular grade with tutoring leading up to a provincial test; some schools may want to offer the program to students who want to boost their grades before applying for college or university; and some schools will want to engage with L2L on an ongoing basis all year to provide general support for all students.
There is no cost for students to receive peer-tutoring with L2L. One of the driving purposes of our program is to offer academic support to students who would not otherwise receive it to due to a lack of financial means.
L2L Community Coordinators have a passion for learning and for helping others, are creative problem solvers, and believe that all students can succeed under the right conditions with appropriate support. This role is open to anyone on staff at a school. If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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