Volunteering with the ELF Sage Youth programs

We rely on skilled and trained volunteer mentors and tutors to bring our literacy programs to life with our community partners.

Volunteering provides our tutors with experience in the areas of education, social work, psychology, sociology, and most of all, community service.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact our office by email sageyouth@hotmail.com or phone (613.838.5539).

Recruitment period

Sage Youth programs run from September to June. We recruit from August to May.

Police check

We require a vulnerable sector police check and reference checks for every volunteer. Volunteers cannot begin tutoring until both of these requirements have been completed. To obtain a police check, you can visit your local police department, provide them with the necessary identification, and pay the required fee (please keep the receipt, we would be happy to reimburse you for the cost). Alternatively, you can apply for a vulnerable sector check online by visiting the Ottawa Police website. Generally speaking, the completed police check will be returned to you while you wait, in the mail, or via email for the online option.

List of accepted ID for police check:

  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Government/Military Employment Card
  • Passport
  • Age of Majority Card
  • Canadian Blood Services Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Hunting Licence
  • Fishing Licence
  • Outdoors Card
  • Indian Status Card


Our straightforward trainings are done one-on-one and in small groups. Training sessions, references, and police checks must be completed prior to volunteering.