Highschool Science Tutoring

YMCA Calgary Volunteer Position

Volunteer Title: High School Science Tutor

Location: All YMCA Calgary locations and some community program sites

Reports To: Tutoring Supervisor, Lead Tutor

Date of Revision: April 2023

Note: This role has an age requirement of 16+ years.


The YMCA Calgary Tutoring Table Program is now offering high school science tutoring to youth!  We are seeking energetic and committed volunteer high school science tutors interested in helping high school youth with science courses including physics, chemistry, and biology. Tutoring Table aims to remove the financial barrier of private tutoring to assist students in passing their classes. Tutoring has been proven to show positive results in terms of helping youth improve their academic achievement, school attendance, and providing a connection to a positive adult. Volunteer tutors serve as guides in the students’ learning and enhancing students’ confidence in problem solving.  Volunteers are provided with ongoing training focused on skills in positive youth guidance.


Time Commitment

This position requires an 8-month commitment. Volunteers are expected to commit to one (1) volunteer shift per week. Shifts are 2 hours in length and typically scheduled after school times between 4:00 and 6:30 pm.

Duties and Responsibilities

Health and Safety

  1. Maintain a safe environment by following YMCA Calgary policies and procedures
  2. Build relationships with members, participants, and YMCA staff and volunteers
  3. Communicate with YMCA Staff regarding any situations during your volunteer shift

Program Support

  1. Ensure safety, communication, and a sense of belonging are high priorities
  2. Manage risks associated with participation in programs
  3. Volunteer tutors should be comfortable:
    • Working with high school youth in a group setting
    • Communicating with and teaching youth struggling in math
    • Engaging in a positive, strengths-based approach


At YMCA Calgary we ensure our volunteers are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and
future goals. The successful candidate will have the following: 

  1. Strong high school math knowledge
  2. Commitment towards teaching and mentoring
  3. Experience working with high school youth in a group setting
  4. Ability to engage with youth using a positive, strengths-based approach


  1. Develop practical leadership skills, teaching and volunteering experience
  2. Complementary YMCA Calgary membership (after 3-month probation)
  3. Education and professional development opportunities


  1. Clear Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (volunteer letter will be provided after interview)
  2. Three references (two professional)
  3. Able to attend and complete required trainings
  4. Have a strong understanding of high school level science
  5. Experience/interest in science (training and resources will be provided)
  6. Experience working with youth would be considered an asset
  7. Available during the evening hours for the program 

Orientation and Training

  1. YBeginnings Orientation
  2. Health, Safety, and Risk Training
  3. Child Safety and Protection Training
  4. Position-specific training
    1. Processes and tools
    2. Expectations
  5. Ongoing training and support