Education Provided in Community (EPIC)
In developing relationships with the communities we serve, it has become evident that academic support is truly needed. Many of the parents living in these communities experience language barriers that hinder them from helping their children with homework and understanding concepts. Others have a very basic level of education and cannot assist their child. Still others lack the motivation to help their children with their school work. However, addressing the academic poverty in the lives of these children is a priority if they are to rise above poverty and undergo transformation.
The EPIC tutoring program links qualified volunteers with children impacted by poverty. An Outreach Worker interviews families to assess needs. Our volunteers are thoroughly screened, to provide for the safety of the children and their families as well as to determine the volunteer tutor’s interests and skills. Based on these interviews, Toronto City Mission links a child and a volunteer together and provides adequate training and tools for the volunteer tutor. The result is enhanced learning, identification of needs and a step towards building a community of hope.
EPIC is provided in the following communities: