The Humber College Community Partnership Fund has backed many incredible projects. One that has seen great success is the Homework Club that operates out of the Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS) department.

After a community meeting with representatives from Humber, Rexdale Microskills and the Toronto District School Board, the Homework Club was established to help tackle the community’s high school dropout rate. The program had its first successful run from October 2014 to June 2015. It is running again this year until June.

The Homework Club is offered to students in local secondary schools, most recently Father Henry Carr, and runs every Wednesday evening. Students are bussed onto campus and get access to Humber College student volunteers, who tutor them in English, math and science.

Every other week, participating students participate in an extra activity. This varies from physical activity, tours of Humber facilities, workshops on time management or resume writing and game nights to help build social skills. 

“The goal of this program is to support high school students to develop their personal and academic skills to help them succeed and think about their future endeavors,” says Ramona Seecharan, Peer Tutoring Coordinator at PALS. “We want local high school students to become more engaged with Humber faculty, staff and college students while they are participating in the club.”

The program has been able to help students like Dega, who is originally from Somalia and has been in Canada for a year. Her math mark has improved from 38 per cent to 63 per cent. She says the program has changed her life because of the friends she’s made and the math skills she has learned.

Seecharan says 20 students come to Homework Club each week.

Visit the Humber College Community Partnership Fund site to learn more about the Homework Club and other projects it funds.