Homework Zone

After-school mentoring and homework help for elementary and secondary school students


More than 1,000 McGill mentors
Over 10 years of Homework Zone
More than 1,200 Student mentees


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:

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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:

  1. Academic support (ie., homework completion, problem solving, reading);
  2. 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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Press Coverage

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)

Mentor with two homework zone students

Apply to be a Mentor

Current McGill students: become part of the Homework Zone team!

Homework Zone workshop

Facilitate a Workshop

McGill student groups and external community organizations - propose a workshop!

McGill University is on land that long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst
Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge
and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which
peoples of the world now gather.
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