Homework Zone

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The Homework Zone

Homework Zone is an after-school mentorship program connecting McGill students with elementary and secondary students for 2 hours per week from October to April. Homework Zone volunteers come from all over the world, (almost) every McGill faculty, and every level of post-secondary education.

Program details

  • Host Faculty/Dept/Student Group:  Branches Community Outreach Program
  • Main contact: hz.branches [at] mcgill.ca (Program Coordinator)
  • Outreach website: https://www.mcgill.ca/branches/programs/homework-zone
  • Languages offered: English and French
  • Year established: 2011
  • Location and timeline: Off campus and online at elementary and secondary schools, from October to April.
  • Collaborative partners: We collaborate with various Montreal-based educators and McGill student clubs, staff and faculty who offer academic and personal enrichment workshops.


Time commitment
Per semester: 4-hour training; 3 hours per week mentoring (travel included); 2-hour reflection event.

Why volunteer?

  • Leadership development, education experience working with young students, in neighborhoods where access to meaningful education is a challenge due to various factors that impact a youth’s connection to their learning.
  • Learn with other McGill students how to be a mentor and what it means to ‘give back’.
  • Get out of the McGill bubble by being a part of another Montreal neighbourhood.
  • Completion of program earns a letter of attestation from the Dean of Students.

Volunteer testimonials

“I not only learned more about the person I am but the two students I helped as well. The knowledge of myself and the children grew.”
“The support we have as mentors is unlike any other program I have volunteered for before.”

To get involved email hz.branches [at] mcgill.ca

Information for partners

How the program impacts teaching and learning

  • Complement education students receive in class; homework help keeps students on top of their schoolwork; working with mentors in school creates deeper connection to their school.
  • Focus on school expectations and creative expression provides a balance to learning that includes the interests and talents of each child.
  • By developing relationships between primary students and those in university, young students have a chance to see what life is like when they continue their education as well as seeing themselves as life-long learners.

To access the program, email hz.branches [at] mcgill.ca


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