Mentor Program

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s Mentor Program provides a positive and supportive space to help newcomer Chinese children from our community to improve their English language skills and feel more comfortable living in a new country and culture.

Our Fall session is going virtual! To ensure the safety of parents, children and staff, our program will be only offered virtually. Check back for updates on our Winter session.

Welcome to the Mentor Program

Homework help at the Mentor Program

The Mentor Program is designed to help Chinese newcomer children who live in the neighborhood to focus on language development and cultural adaptation.

We offer customized one-on-one and small group tutoring to help students improve their English language skills.

Enjoyable social and recreational activities are also used to teach a wide range of skills as well as introduce topics that help children adapt to and thrive in their new Canadian culture.



Individualized Lesson Plan

Mentor Program Science Workshop

Individualized Lesson Plan (ILP) is the core of the Mentor Program. Individual learning plans include:

  • Screening  and ongoing assessment — to assess individual strengths, weaknesses and areas of development
  • Development of tailored lesson plans that help participants focus on their areas of growth
  • Monitoring and recording children’s thoughts, questions, produces and progress, feedback to parents regularly.
  • Evaluation — ongoing  review and tracking progress and adjusting learning plans accordingly.

Program Staff

The Mentor Program is staffed by our professional dedicated program coordinator, York University teacher candidates, Community Service Worker placement students, and volunteers.

In order to foster and an effective learning environment, we have a high ratio to help newcomer children  get the attention they need.

Program Schedule

Monday to  Thursday 3:30-6:00pm

We are closed on Statutory Holidays, March Break, and Winter Break


Reading Tent

Registration required.

Download the registration form here:  Mentee Registration Form Fall 2020

For more information and to register, contact:
Janice Zhang 416-392-6810 ext. 230