Our Story

Help young people learn how to be patient and communicate clearly (and slowly!) with adults and seniors

History

2010

We’ve got an idea, one that has a dual benefit: adults receive 1-on-1 tutoring, while youth gain a unique leadership opportunity

Summer 2010

We pilot a 3-month program with 10 youth and 10 adults with the help of a Toronto based nonprofit (the Centre for Learning & Development)

Feburary 2011

The program appears on the front page of Toronto’s most read newspaper, alongside the SuperBowl results

November 2011

The organization receives an Innovation Award from the United Nations. We are the youngest organization ever to receive it

April 2012

The program is recognized as a ‘Vital Idea’ by the Toronto Foundation, and grows to 5 locations

April 2013

The program grows internationally, launching in Ethiopia and Niger

September 2014

The program wins the Literacy Innovation Award, Canada’s top award in the education sector

September 2015

The program launches in Spain

November 2016

The organization wins the Urban Leadership Award

June 2017

The 2,500th participant is enrolled

April 2018

The program launches in Poland

September 2018

Our organization’s co-founder and Executive Director is elected as an Ashoka Fellow

October 2018

The program in Spain wins the country’s a top award for intercultural and inclusive education programming, and begins expanding to a dozen locations

March 2019

Youth have provided over 150,000 hours of free 1-on-1 tutoring, equivalent to over $3m in value

December 2019

The organization reaches over 80 program locations, serving more than 3,000 people per year

Our Mission

Turn young people from educated to educator.

We believe that all youth—whether introverted or extroverted, high or low academic achieving, able-bodied or disabled—have the potential to be changemakers in their community and teach adults & seniors the skills they have.

Keys to our Success

We view youth as a solution, not as a problem

Too often, youth are treated as a ‘problem’ that need to be fixed. We firmly believe that every young person is capable of being a ‘solution’

Our programs are carefully designed to be accessible to everyone.

All young people, whether introverted or extroverted, high or low academic standing, and able-bodied or disabled, are capable, with the right supports, of being a 1-on-1 tutor. Adults benefit by receiving free 1-on-1 tutoring, in their own native language (if needed), and they learn only what they want and need to learn — whether it be language skills, technology, playing the piano, or many others

A unique, award-winning curriculum

Teaching a skill to someone isn’t always easy. Our training and curriculum materials are carefully designed, with thousands of hours of development, to make it so that children as young as 9 years old have been able to be transformed into effective 1-on-1 tutors