Launched in 2012, Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops are a series of free, monthly, two-hour workshops for parents, guardians and families developed through a collaboration between BRANCHES and the Riverview Community Learning Centre (CLC).
Currently offered at Verdun Elementary (Verdun) and Karonhianónhnha Tsi Elementary school (Kahnawa:ke), many of the families who participate have children in the Homework Zone Afterschool Mentoring Program. The workshop topics are suggested by parents/guardians and facilitated by McGill staff, students, faculty and Montreal-based educators. The goal of the workshops is to provide accessible, helpful information and practical tools for parents/guardians to support their children’s development academically, personally and socially. Spaghetti Nights is also a safe, supportive community space for families to learn together and from each other.
How Spaghetti Nights works
Workshops are offered once a month in school spaces and begin with a free spaghetti dinner at 5:30 pm for families, volunteers, and facilitators. Following dinner, a workshop is offered for parents/guardians from 6:00 – 8:00 pm while childcare is provided by McGill and community volunteers under the supervision of a Family Care Animator.
What we offer to families
- Engaging workshops and discussions in school spaces that send families home with new ideas, shared experiences and concrete tools on how to thrive in school and at home
- Free spaghetti dinner
- Free childcare
Some past Spaghetti Nights Workshops
- How to create a home environment for learning and school success
- Attachment: The cornerstone of parenting
- Making healthy meals quickly and on a budget
- Parents’/guardians’ tools for helping kids with their homework
- Financial planning for secondary and post-secondary education
- How to cope with stress and anxiety
- Online safety and literacy
CLICK HERE to consult the 2019-20 workshop schedule
Want to get involved?
Love hanging out and playing with kids? Looking for a break from the day-to-day demands of being a McGill student? Want to get to know Montreal? You will work with our Family Care Animator to create a fun and safe atmosphere at the school sites for the kids while their parents are in the workshops from 6-8 pm. Volunteer commitment is from 5-8:45 pm (travel time included), and includes free dinner and public transit tickets.
Dates for 2019-2020:
Verdun Elementary: Dec 5, Jan 16, Feb 6, Mar 26, Apr 16, May 14
Karonhianónhnha Tsi Elementary: Jan 22, Feb 5, Mar 11
CLICK HERE to apply to volunteer
Please email sede.office [at] gmail.com (subject: Spaghetti%20Nights%20Childcare%20Volunteer) (a)anurag.dhir [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Childcare%20volunteering) for info
We are currently looking for workshops on the following topics suggested by parents/guardians:
Strategies and support for single parents
How to get kids interested in math
How to save for your child’s education
Raising children with special needs
Transitioning from youth to pre-teen
Read our Workshop Facilitator Guidelines
email anurag.dhir [at] mcgill.ca (Anurag Dhir) or call 514-398-3745