Trellis' Tutoring, Engagement and Mentorship (TEAM)

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​Trellis Society is a Calgary-based social services agency that works with people of all ages and backgrounds to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. They improve access to resources, develop family and community supports and help people build their capacity to deal with life’s challenges. Trellis’ offerings make up a holistic system of care that is designed to wrap supports around people, families, and communities, with the goal of establishing a critical foundation for generational change.

Youth Group Programming offers a safe, welcoming place for youth to come after school, make friends, and participate in activities that encourage learning and discovery, health and wellbeing, physical literacy, creative expression, leadership development, and a positive connection to community and natural supports. 

The Tutoring, Engagement, and Mentorship (TEAM) program provides youth a place to get support with their academic schoolwork and post-secondary education journeys. Pre-service teachers will engage with youth in a group setting and help youth complete their schoolwork or learn more about pursuing post-secondary education through mentorship (i.e., researching institutions, deciding on a program, help with the application process).

Who?

Any Bachelor of Education Student

What?

An opportunity to provide Trellis youth, experiencing multiple barriers, the opportunity to access tutoring services to support their academic success and mentorship to help prepare for post-secondary education.

When?

Mondays – Fridays

2 hours between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM (exact time will depend on the location).

​​​​Once pre-service teachers are provided an orientation, we will ask them to sign-up for the days(s) that work best for them.

Where?

We will offer the program at multiple locations:

  • Calgary West Family Resource Network
  • Genesis Centre 
  • Village Square Library
  • Online (if possible)

TEAM Logistics


What's Involved

  • Pre-service teachers will attend a 2-hour orientation in October. The orientation session is intended to introduce participants to Trellis Society and the TEAM program. It will also include information on on-site contacts for each location as well as opportunities for additional learning through Trellis workshops and trainings.  

  • Pre-service teachers commit to attending at least once a week at one of the three locations for 2 hours. There is potential participation at other Trellis workshops and trainings for additional hours.  

  • Activities during sessions may include: 

    • Assisting youth with their homework and other assignments. This will occur in a group setting and on a drop-in basis to support youth in the best possible way.  

    • Helping youth learn more about pursuing post-secondary education through mentorship (i.e., researching institutions, deciding on a program, helping with the application process, etc.).

Requirements

  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued within the last 6 months). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process. 

  • Students placed with Trellis Society also require a Child Intervention Check issued by Alberta Human Services within the last 6 months. While this is not necessary to begin the program, it is something that will need to occur as soon as possible. More information will be provided at the orientation session.  

  • Proof of vaccination or valid exemption is required for all staff, volunteers, and students placed with Trellis Society.  

  • Optional certifications include First Aid and CPR, ASIST, or Mental Health First Aid. 

  • Experience in various school subjects is an asset.  


Werklund Dates and Times

Services Fair:  Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10 AM - 2 PM (in-person)

Applications Open: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Applications Close: Applications for some placements are on-going

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 am AM (in-person) or
  • 2 PM - 3 PM (via Zoom)

Fall Placements Start: October 1, 2022

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Monday, October 24, 2022

  • 10 AM - 11 AM (in-person) or
  • 4 PM - 5 PM (Zoom)

Werklund Wrap-Up Session: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 5 PM - 6 PM (Zoom)

Fall Placements End: December 9, 2022

TEAM Dates and Times 

  • Orientation Session: Tuesday, October 4 from 4 to 6 pm, online
  • Sessions will take place throughout the week:
    • Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM 
      • Village Square Library (2623 56 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6E7)
    • Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM 
      • Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE #10, Calgary, AB T3J 0C9
    • Wednesdays from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
      • Calgary West Family Resource Network in Bowness (101-7930 Bowness Road NW Calgary, AB T3B 0H3)
  • Stability and predictability are hallmarks of trauma informed practice when working with children and youth. We strive to provide this for the youth we serve at Trellis and therefore, encourage students to continue with the program for both the Fall and Winter semesters
  • The program time commitment is 2 hours approximately once a week (with the potential for additional days if pre-service teachers have the capacity).  

 

 


Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their service 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’s service-learning program 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 service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.

Service-Learning group

Fall applications are on-going!

Ready to apply?

1. Log on to Elevate

2. Go to Werklund School of Education > My Werklund Experiences

3. Click on Courses/Programs

4. Find the Service-Learning program and click Apply

5. Complete the Service-Learning Application on Step 1

Apply on Elevate!