submitted by Frontier College
Frontier College is a national literacy organization. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.
Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health, and high unemployment. Our network of volunteers provides excellent and effective programming to improve literacy in communities across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. We value mutual respect and collaboration in all our relationships.
In order to achieve our mission, we are committed to finding and using innovative ways to reach the people who need us most. Our activities, programs, and services are inclusive of any individual for whom our assistance is welcome and needed.
Philosophy of Learning: Student-Centered Individualized Learning (SCIL)
We follow the Student-Centered Individualized Learning philosophy, meaning that people are active in deciding what they want to learn. We believe:
- Everyone has a right to learn
- We go where people are, rather than expecting them to come to us
- Every place is a learning place
- We value a tutorial partnership where the learner and tutor respect and learn from each other
- We value the contributions learners, volunteers, and partners make in the learning experience
To be a leading and results-driven literacy service partner. Read our 2017-20 Strategic Plan
Key Programs in the Thunder Bay Region
After School Programs in many Elementary and Secondary Schools and the Thunder Bay Boys & Girls Club, adult/Elder one-to-one tutoring at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, Reading Tents at Live on the Waterfront and the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, as well as Pop-Up Reading Tents at Community Centres and playgrounds throughout the summer. We also run the Lieutenant Governor’s Indigenous Summer Reading Camps in the Far North of Ontario every summer.
Summer Reading Camp Testimonial:
Your Donation’s Impact
Every donation made to Frontier College helps to raise literacy levels in Canada, from cities to fly-in communities. People often think of reading as something you can or can’t do. It’s not that simple. In 2012, 27,000 Canadians participated in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which looks at all the factors that make someone literate, including the ability to understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute. The study found that approximately 13% of participants are at Level 1, meaning they can understand basic vocabulary, but are unable to compare and contrast two or more pieces of information.
Money raised locally stays local, funding our programs in Thunder Bay. We actively seek local sponsors to support our one annual fundraiser, the Giller Light Bash, held in November.
Frontier College is Imagine Canada certified and was named an Employee Recommended Workplace in 2019.
For further information regarding our financials and research: https://www.frontiercollege.ca/About-Us
Elizabeth Taylor, Program Administrator