After-school mentoring and homework help for elementary and secondary school students
What is Homework Zone?
Founded in 2011, Homework Zone (HZ) is an after-school mentoring program connecting McGill University student volunteers with elementary and secondary school students in schools around Montréal, and in Kahnawa:ke (traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka First Nation)
Under the mandate of the Branches Program, Homework Zone has worked towards promoting pathways to higher education and achieving equitable access to education through academic support, academic enrichment activities and strong mentorship connections. Through this endeavour, the program aims to enable both McGill and Indigenous students to develop leadership skills and build a support network before they embark on their career path.
Hear it from our student mentors, coordinators, mentees and partners as they present the highlights of their experiences with the Homework Zone program, in this video:
How HZ Works
At HZ, we create an oasis for students where they can challenge themselves and nurture positive relationships within the school environment. Each 90-minute HZ session is split into two 45-minute parts:
- Academic support (ie., homework completion, problem solving, reading);
- Imagination-based and academic enrichment activities or workshops offered by McGill students or community groups that focus on creativity, expression and building relationships.
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McGill Reporter, April 2018: DISE's Allison Gonsalves, Dawn Wiseman present "Teaching Science in Homework Zone" pilot project at local schools
Education Canada Magazine, May 2015: Homework Zone: A mentorship program for at-risk students
Montreal Families, October 2014: University students help youngsters learn to enjoy homework
McGill Reporter, February 2014: In the Zone: Mentoring program builds strong ties within the Montreal community
LISTEN to Homework Zone students interviewing McGill and UdeM Graduate Science students as part of a MD@M 2018 podcasting activity with Broad Science (length 52m54s)
Apply to be a Mentor
Current McGill students: become part of the Homework Zone team!
Facilitate a Workshop
McGill student groups and external community organizations - propose a workshop!
Thank you to our valued partners!
- T.R. Meighen Family Foundation
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Zeller Family Foundation
- Kahnawa:ke Education Center
- Native Montreal
- McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services
- McGill Enrolment Services
- Lester B. Pearson School Board
- English Montreal School Board
- New Frontiers School Board
- Frontier College
- Grove Campus
- McGill Chemistry Outreach Group
- Montreal Steppers
- The schools, teachers, principals, families, students and McGill volunteers we get to work with every year!