Envision Financial Reading Buddies

Reading Practice for Children in Grades 2–4

Envision Financial Reading Buddies is a program that supports children who are new readers and helps to build their confidence and improve their skills. Children are paired with a teen volunteer and will spend time reading together in a safe, supportive environment. This program runs for six weeks two times per year, in the Spring and Fall. Each session is 60 minutes (1 hour) long. Children and teens who sign up for this program must attend all 6 weekly sessions.

Children (Little Buddies)

Little Buddies will have the opportunity to engage with a teen Big Buddy, building relationships and practicing literacy skills. Children must have some reading ability already as this program does not teach them how to read. 

How To Register

Registration for Little Buddies opens 3 weeks before the program begins. Pick up your registration form in-branch or download here:

2023 Reading Buddies Child Application

Please continue to check this page for updates.

2023 Fall Sessions

See below for Fall program dates. Schedule subject to change until the program begins. 


City Centre

Tuesdays, Oct 17 – Nov 28 

(no session Nov 7)

4:00-5:00pmIn branch starting Sept 26
ClaytonWednesdays, Oct 18 – Nov 224:00-5:00pmIn branch starting Sept 27

Tuesdays, Oct 10 – Nov 21

(no session Oct 31)

4:00-5:00pmIn branch starting Sept 19 
FleetwoodThursdays, Oct 19 – Nov 234:00-5:00pmIn branch starting Sept 28

Tuesdays, Oct 17 – Nov 28 

(no session Oct 31)

4:00-5:00pmIn branch starting Sept 26

Tuesdays, Oct 17 – Nov 28 

(no session Oct 31)

4:30-5:30pmIn branch starting Sept 26
Ocean ParkTuesdays, Nov 7 – Dec 125:30-6:30pmIn branch starting Oct 17
SemiahmooThursdays, Nov 2 – Dec 75:00-6:00pmIn branch starting Oct 12
Strawberry HillWednesdays, Oct 18 – Nov 223:30-4:30pmIn branch starting Sept 27

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Teen Volunteers (Big Buddies)

As an Envision Financial Reading Buddies Volunteer, you are a role model to a young reader, practicing reading with your Little Buddy and engaging in fun literacy activities. Being a Big Buddy is a rewarding experience and counts towards volunteer hours. For teens ages 14-18.

How to Apply:

Teen applications will open Tuesday September 12th on the city My Impact Page. You will need to have an account to apply. All volunteers must apply to be considered. All new volunteers must submit 2 references to be considered. New volunteers will also be required to attend a training session before the program start date. Please continue to check this page for updates. 


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