Licensed to Learn (L2L) is an charitable organization dedicated to boosting student success through personalized peer tutoring. Programming is provided at no cost to families, and is proven to benefit youth by improving academic success among those being tutored. L2L fosters the development of leadership skills among Tutors, and helps develop vibrant and inclusive school communities.
L2L’s vision is to grow from the GTA to across Canada, to engage and support at-risk students in schools with their learning and help them develop the skills they need to live and work successfully in the future
To train and empower children and youth to fulfill their academic and social potentials through tutoring, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.
A critical trait for an L2L Tutor to possess is empathy. To become a tutor, students must have reasonable academic standing and the required subject matter knowledge, but our program goes beyond students helping each other with homework or studying for tests. Tutors partner with their peers, understand their struggles, and utilize informed strategies to help them build on their strengths. They become invested in their progress, and the experience is rewarding and meaningful to both Tutors and Peers.
At L2L equity means that all students have a fair chance to succeed in school and in life after school. L2L makes academic support available to a diverse population of students who may be at-risk academically, and who would likely not otherwise have access to the resources they need to help them succeed.
The development of leadership skills among youth is critical to success in today’s complex and rapidly changing world, especially the skills of critical thinking and strategic planning. L2L tutors develop the confidence they need to assist their peers academically, and to be positive role models in their school communities.
At L2L, we believe that the most effective learning happens in the context of meaningful relationships. Our trainers serve as mentors for the students who will become tutors, they in turn develop relationships with the students they are tutoring. This structure, allows students to use their own informed strategies to mentor their at-risk peers through a process of dialogue and facilitation, builds community bonding and allows real academic progress to be made.
L2L’s impact goes beyond improving academic achievement. The support we offer to students helps youth to develop the skills required to become effective and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally. What starts in schools goes much further, as L2L alumni bring their experiences with them into their lives as contributing members of their communities.