Voices from the Community

What Difference is Student Open Circles making?

“A 7 year old girl approached me and said the following about a CVA volunteer in the Monday afterschool group. ‘He reads with me for like an hour! No one ever reads with me that long! I’m getting way better.’”

Michelle Spellic, Afterschool Program Supervisor, Eva Rothwell Resource Centre

“The mentors are my best friends. I love doing art with them!”

child, age 8, LAF (Learning and Fun) afterschool program at Welcome Inn Community Centre


“The CVA volunteers are eager and willing to engage with the youth. One of the youth in the program came in on Monday looking upset, and I took a moment to ask him what was going on. He told me he had had a bad weekend and didn’t want to talk about it. This boy has trouble associating with the other youth even when he’s in a good mood, and is often shunned by them. I was busy with other youth and couldn’t give the boy any more of my attention for a while. He asked me to play a game of chess with him, but there was too much going on at the time for me to do so, so I had to decline. One of the volunteers went and played chess with him. A few minutes later, the boy seemed to be in a much better mood - which lasted for the rest of the program.”

Spencer Marshall,  former CVA volunteer, YOUth Create youth worker, HARRRP