Learning Buddies Network

Learning Buddies Network

Learning Buddies Network

Learning Buddies Network (LBN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping elementary school students develop essential literacy and math skills through free one-on-one, after-school mentoring in a fun group setting. LBN reaches children who otherwise would not have the help they need. The goals are to enhance self-esteem through improvement in academic skills and to ignite a passion for learning in a safe and caring environment.


All Bachelor of Education students


Mentor a little buddy using prepared lessons and materials to support reading & math development.


Fall: October to December

Winter: January to md-March

Each term runs for about 2-5 months and requires volunteers to commit around 4-5 hours per week.


  • Online
  • In-person (BC only)

Learning Buddies Network Logistics

What's Involved

Pre-Service teachers should commit to

  • Participate in the orientation during the first week of the programs
  • Report to their Program Coordinator and Executive Coordinator
  • Prepare lesson materials provided by the organization for each session
  • Mentor their little buddy by using the lesson materials prepared
  • Track their little buddy’s progress
  • Attend mentor meetings
  • Complete mentor reports
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment

By volunteering with LBN, volunteers take on significant responsibilities and develop leadership, communication, and organization skills.


  • Learning Buddies Network’s mandatory volunteer training must be completed.

  • Participants must have a criminal record check done before volunteering with children. Participants also need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process online at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.

  • Pre-Service Teachers must be located in Canada or Continental United States.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a variety of mentorship strategies to support mentees’ personal, social, and academic goals
  • Gain experience working with youth in a small group setting

  • Model positive behaviour for children, youth, teachers, and parents

Werklund Dates and Times

FALL 2023 (Application is now closed.)

  • Werklund Fall 2023 Wrap-Up Session: Friday, December 8, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Fall 2023 Placements End: mid-December


  • Winter 2024 application will open on November 20, 2024.
  • Werklund Winter 2024 Orientation: Monday, December 11, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom) 
  • Winter 2024 Placements Start: early January (program dependent)
  • Werklund Winter 2024 Check-In Session: Monday, January 29 at
    • 9:30 am - 10:30 am (in-person) or
    • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Werklund Winter 2024 Wrap-Up Session: Tuesday, April 16, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Winter 2024 Placements End: mid-March (program dependent)

Learning Buddies Network Dates

  • Placements begin: early January 2024
  • Placements end: mid-March 2024
  • Orientation Session: TBA
  • Training: Asynchronous
    • Complete the math/reading and volunteer manual training sessions
  • Sessions usually run Mondays or Thursdays

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 20-40 hours for their service-learning experience.

Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their volunteering experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund student experiences later in the year.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the community placement experience and to guide improvements for the program.

Service-Learning group

Winter 2024 applications are now open!

Ready to apply?

  1. Log on to Elevate and go to My Werklund Experiences > Courses/Programs
  2. Find the Service-Learning program and click Apply
  3. Complete the Service-Learning Application

Download an application guide here.

Apply on Elevate!