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.
  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after May 1 of the current academic year). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process online with their local Police station as soon as possible as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process. Please see the Field Experience Police Information Requirement webpage for more information on how to request a PIC-VS.
  • 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

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.

Co-Curricular Service-Learning Dates

Fall Semester Timeline

  • Fall 2024 Applications Open: August 28, 2024
  • Werklund Information Sessions:
    • September 9, 10:00 am (EDT 450)
    • September 9, 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Fall 2024 Applications Close: September 15, 2024 (program dependent)
  • Fall 2024 Placements Start: early October (program dependent)
  • Fall 2024 Placements End: mid-December (program dependent)

Winter Semester Timeline

  • Winter 2025 Applications Open: November 15, 2024
  • Winter 2025 Information Session: November 26, 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Winter 2025 Applications Close: December 1, 2024 (program dependent)
  • Winter 2025 Placements Start: early January (program dependent)
  • Winter 2025 Placements End: mid-March (program dependent)

Experiential Learning Check-In & Reflection Opportunities

All participants in Experiential Learning programs are welcome and encouraged to attend at least two of the check-in & reflection sessions below as part of their program. Reflection is an incredibly important part of experiential learning. It encourages students to consider their experience so far and to adjusted as needed as they go forward through the rest of their program, or into the next step of their career.

Fall Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Monday, October 21, 2024: 2:30 pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Monday, November 4, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 29, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)

Winter Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2025: 9:00 am (in-person)
  • Monday, February 3, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2025: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, February 20, 2025: 1:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2025: 5:00 pm (Zoom)

Service-Learning group

Winter 2024 applications are now closed.

Interested in applying for a future semester?

  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.

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