Bus tickets on the horizon!

Two years ago, I approached the Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School (AAS) program requesting $26,500 – the amount needed to provide bus passes to 50 students throughout the 10 months of the school year.  The good folks at AAS were nearly knocked off their feet by the request, but vowed to keep trying for us.  Today, Translink has officially announced a pilot program to provide passes

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Homework Club is Hiring!

Homework Club is hiring a Site Support Worker!  About the Program: Homework Club at Britannia is a well-established after school club providing free tutoring to Inner City youth struggling to graduate and move on to post-secondary success. We do this by offering four types of free support: Tutoring, Mentoring, Financial and Advocacy Support. This year, we will be partnering with Pathways to Education and

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The Prodigal Student Returns…

Because we are located in a community centre, we often find people peaking their noses in our door, lost and looking for directions.  So, it was no surprise last Tuesday, to find two young women standing at our door.  The surprise was that they were not lost or looking for directions but rather, were making a homecoming of sorts. When I approached the two

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Money, money, money….

At Homework Club, we don’t just want our students to graduate high school. We want to see them complete post-secondary and, hopefully, to be debt free when they’re done.  That’s why, this week, we called in an expert to talk about scholarship applications. Former Britannia student Celina (now a Homework Club volunteer), who received more than $70,000 in scholarships when she graduated four years

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Peace Begins with a Smile!

Mother Theresa once said, “peace begins with a smile”.  What you see on these faces is the peace that comes from learning, the peace that comes from a job well done, the peace that comes from knowing people care about you and support you in your educational journey. Peace is what we try to offer everyday to the students in Homework Club, and every

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Books, books, books!

On my bookshelves today, I still have books that I received as a child:  an illustrated copy of Treasure Island from my granddad, a three volume set of classics bound in brown “leather” from my nana, a red leather and gold leaf Bible that I (inappropriately) received from a teacher.  They take up space and I haven’t looked at them in years, but I would never

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