George G. (L2L Tutor Grade 9-12)
George G. is an incredible grade 12 student leader from Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School in Halton, Toronto. He has been a dedicated L2L Tutor since grade 9, while balancing his coursework, and his volunteer and extracurricular commitments. We are proud to have students like George in the program.
Thank you George for being such an amazing L2L Tutor!
Read about George's experience with the L2L Program below.
My name is George G. and I am a Grade 12 student at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (BR). I have been part of the Licensed to Learn (L2L) Program as a tutor since the 9th grade. When I started high school, I realized I enjoyed math/science-based subjects and was in need of some volunteer hours. L2L seemed to be the perfect solution; a place where I could follow my interests by teaching others and also get my hours out of the way. Since I go to a high school, my first time as a tutor, I was paired up with a peer who was in my grade. At first, I thought this would be weird, but within the first lesson, I understood that they were only there to learn and I was able to provide the help. Being a tutor not only helped my peer in the subject they struggled in but also helped reinforced topics which I may have forgotten.
Due to my time at L2L I was able to cultivate a reference from the program head at BR and use it for other opportunities (I was able to score a position at the Milton District Hospital because of this!). Volunteering has provided me with many benefits such as being able to reinforce my fundamentals and creating connections that would help me in the future. Not to mention, by doing this I am able to help someone else and make their life a little bit easier, which is always a good feeling!
-George G. (Gr 12 L2L Tutor)
Emily Y. (L2L Tutor, Former L2L Peer, Youth Leader, Mentor)
Emily Y. joined the L2L Program in 2017, initially as a Peer who needed help with grade 10 academic English. For Emily as a new International Student from China, she found English to be her most difficult subject as she was not familiar with how students study English here in Canada. Her English teacher referred her to the program and she was paired with L2L Tutor Katie, a senior student.
Katie specifically worked with Emily around essay and formal writing. They would meet prior to an essay assignment being due and Katie would help Emily strengthen her sentence structure and proofread for grammatical errors. She also helped Emily with the point, proof, comment formatting that the teacher expected on the final product. Emily's grade at midterm was 81% and improved to a 90% for her final grade.
Emily decided to join the L2L program this year as a Tutor after having such a positive experience as a Peer. She noticed how helpful and dedicated the Tutors in the program are. She also saw her own potential and ability to help others in accounting and math courses. One strategy she uses is that she allows Peers demonstrate how they approach questions and the problem solving techniques they use. She then gives them tips or teaches them different ways to approach the question. This year, she has been pleased with the improvement she has seen in her Peers' abilities and grades.
Thank you Emily!
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L2L met with the Premier of Ontario to discuss Licensed to Learn earlier this year. The Premier listened attentively as the L2L team made a presentation detailing the work L2L does in partnership with schools around the GTA, and following the presentation the Premier asked a number of insightful questions. L2L is looking forward to working with the Provincial Government to help expand programming into even more schools.
Organizational Update: Breaking Records
Licensed to Learn is experiencing unprecedented growth. By every metric we can evaluate program growth L2L is hitting new heights never before reached. As of today 56 programs and 2,052 total students have registered with L2L from across 10 different school boards in the GTA. These figures represent a whopping increase of 143% more programs and 136% more students over this time last year. Based on these numbers L2L is projecting to have programs in over 100 schools by the end of the school year for the first time in the organization’s history.Read more
Funder Spotlight: The Jays Care Foundation
The funding provided by Jays Care enables us to deliver 20 programs across the GTA with a special focus on Indigenous students in 5 of those programs. L2L is trying to help close the achievement gap for aboriginal students while keeping in mind the delicate balance in the relationship between tutor and tutee, building on traits like empathy, leadership and mentoring
We're thrilled to announce... L2L took our first public field trip – to the Skydome to see a baseball game! Through our funding partnership with The Jays Care Foundation, L2L received a generous invitation to see the Blue Jays play the Yankees at the Community Clubhouse. The day was an overwhelming success.
|29 secondary students from a unique leadership program at Marc Garneau CI, a high-school near Flemingdon Park, were rewarded with an unforgettable outing.|