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Homework Zone

Program Description

Homework Zone (HZ) is a school-based mentorship program connecting McGill students with elementary-aged students in under-served neighbourhoods of Montreal. This after-school program was made possible through a partnership between SEDE and Enrolment Services, and through funding provided by the Meighen Foundation. It is offered in four schools with the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the English Montreal School Board, affecting over 100 elementary students. HZ recruits over 75  McGill student volunteers offering 30 hours of service each semester in the schools as tutors and mentors. HZ also invites McGill student clubs/services and external organizations into the schools to facilitate interactive workshops for the youth and mentors that emphasize creativity, expression and lifelong learning. 


Breaking Down Barriers

SEDE works with its partners in developing a holistic model linking student-school-community that is necessary for educational success and contributes to community resilience. HZ aims to break down barriers to education while encouraging young students to enjoy applied learning and imagine the possibility of post-secondary education. This is accomplished primarily through weekly interactions with McGill students who act as mentors and tutors, offering homework help, encouragement, empathy and fun.


A Unique McGill Student Experience

Creating a meaningful McGill student experience is an essential part of creating sustained, meaningful relationships with young students in the schools. SEDE offers training and ongoing volunteer support to help understand what it means to be a mentor while meeting new people and acquiring skills and experiences that promote well-being, civic engagement and professional development. Incentives are offered to recognize the efforts of our volunteers and make their involvement as accessible as possible. These include bus/metro tickets, discount vouchers at the McGill Bookstore and a letter of attestation from the Dean of Students for completing a minimum 30 hours of work in the schools.


McGill Students and Student Clubs Share Their Passion!

The offering of 1-hour workshops by student clubs and services enables McGill organizations to engage with the community and broaden their scope. By working with them in creating child-appropriate workshops, SEDE encourages these organizations to consider new applications for their skills and interests.


How to apply:

  1. Find a day/time that works best for you: Monday 2-5pm; Tuesday 2-5pm; Weednesday 2-5pm; Thursday 2:30-6pm
  2. Click here for the application form

How to offer a workshop at Homework Zone:

  1. Click here to access our Workshop Facilitator Guide
  2. email Gabrielle at hz [dot] sede [at] mcgill [dot] ca

More Information



Gabrielle Jacobs

Homework Zone Project Coordinator

hz [dot] sede [at] mcgill [dot] ca


HZ in the Press:

Montreal Families Magazine (October 2014)

McGill Reporter (February 2014)



Homework-Zone's Official Website http://sedehomeworkzone.com/