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ESL Teen Talk (Youth Opportunity Grades 7-12)



Create a fun environment where newcomers can become more comfortable with English and more familiar with Calgary's culture. Meet students in Grades 5 to 9 and lead fun group activities such as board games and Wii, to help develop conversational skills.

Program Goals

Provide a safe and friendly environment for teens to practice their conversational English.

Provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring and facilitation skills.

Increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs.



1.5 hour programs

in 5-week sessions

Dates/times can vary depending on location


1.5 hour programs

for 5 consecutive days Monday to Friday

Dates/times can vary depending on location

Volunteer Qualifications

Junior or high school students (grade 7 – grade 12)

Strong communication skills

Ability to motivate and mentor participants in a youth-centered program

Reliability and positive attitude

Strong literacy and facilitation skills

Ability to work with a diverse population, with a variety of skill levels

Volunteer Responsibilities

Attend an orientation and training session

Create a supportive, fun and enriching environment

Be a positive role model for the participants

Commit to all dates of the program


An in-person orientation and training module covering program materials, as well as the roles and responsibilities of being a Calgary Public Library Volunteer prior to program start.


Meet new people and explore new opportunities.

Have fun and contribute to your community.

Develop inter-personal, leadership, problem solving, communication, facilitation, and time management skills.

Help Needed

All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please fill out an application and we’ll contact you when a position becomes available.