by Travis Fauteux
The Lance – News Editor
A local after school camp is looking for help from university students.
The Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre of Windsor is looking to expand its homework club, but needs tutors to help elementary and high school students.
Ranya Saad, child and youth mental health and addictions worker at the centre, is responsible for organizing the club. She said the centre is looking for “friendly people that are able to get down to the child’s level.”
University of Windsor students with experience and knowledge in French, English, math and science are encouraged to volunteer at the centre, which is located at 2929 Howard Ave. The camp runs every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
According to Saad, university students who are interested in building a strong resume before pursuing teaching careers would be ideal candidates for the positions. Saad said First Nations children can often come across as shy and can have a hard time learning in a larger class setting.
“The homework club is a space for any urban aboriginal children that can come and get some extra support in school because sometimes the classrooms are really big and the kids can’t follow,” said Saad.
Angela John, aboriginal health outreach worker for the centre, said that the camp is open to any school-aged children in the public and is not necessarily limited to students with aboriginal status.
The centre offers a wide range of services from an adult literacy program to an aboriginal child and youth mental health and addictions program. The centre is also trying to help aboriginal families in the city by providing those in need with backpacks for the school year.