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For Children

Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies supports children in grades 1-4 who are working to improve their reading. Weekly one-on-one tutoring with adult/senior student.
Email: lizwright@shaw.ca
Phone: Liz Wright 604 853 7930

 

Little Rascals & Reading Rascals
Little Rascals is a family literacy program for children (3 – 4 years) and their parents to experience stories, crafts and fun. In three schools and a free book is provided each week.
Reading Rascals is a family reading program for kindergarten children, siblings and an adult in their lives, three times per year at two elementary schools with a free book each week.
Contact Information: Pierre Welbedagt, (604) 859-6919
Website: www.westabby.org

 

For Youth

Moving Ahead Program (MAP): Youth, Adults & Seniors
Case-Management, Lifeskills, Literacy and Essential Skills support for vulnerable refugee & immigrant youth, adults and seniors
living in Abbotsford.
Phone: 778-809-4411

Email: Palminder.Kelay@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com
 

Vibrant Abbotsford – Banking on Youth – Financial Literacy
Money Skills courses teach youth aged 12-25 about banking, budgeting, consumerism & credit. Both public and private group sessions are available. Courses are free of charge.
Contact: Alison Homer
Email: alison@vibrantabbotsford.ca
Phone: 778-880-8516
Website: www.vibrantabbotsford.ca/bankingonyouth
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vibrantabbotsford1
Address: P208-33355 Bevan Ave. Abbotsford BC V2S 0E7

 

For Adults

Community Access to Literacy and Learning (CALL) Program:

One on one and small group tutoring available to upgrade reading, writing, English language, basic computer, and basic math skills for adults.
Tutoring provided by volunteers for a total of 2-4 hours per week at locations throughout Abbotsford. Morning, afternoon, evening and week-end tutoring available.
Tel: 604-768-6277
Website: www.abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

 

Abbotsford Community Services: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC):

Free ESL classes (CLB 1-CLB 8) for newcomers to Canada.
Classes are offered morning and evening in Abbotsford and a morning class in Mission.
On-site child minding is available for morning classes at some locations.
Phone: 604.859.7681 Local 216
Email: LINC@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com
Website:www.abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program:

For learners who need English language upgrading to take college or university courses or to enter job or career training programs.
  • Low Intermediate to University Bridge level classes
  • Free assessment to determine English proficiency levels in reading, writing, and speaking/listening
  • Full time or part time study
  • Morning, afternoon, or evening classes
  • Financial assistance available for those who qualify

For more information please go to: www.ufv.ca
 

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program
Courses offered to help adults:

  • Complete prerequisite courses for post-secondary programs
  • Upgrade their basic literacy and numeracy skills for personal benefit or entry into the work force
  • Complete high school to earn the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood)
  • Meet employment requirements

Website: www.ufv.ca

 

Moving Ahead Program (MAP): Youth, Adults & Seniors
Case-Management, Lifeskills, Literacy and Essential Skills support for vulnerable refugee & immigrant youth, adults and seniors
living in Abbotsford.
Phone: 778-809-4411

Email: Palminder.Kelay@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com
 

Sevenoaks Alliance Church ESL (English Second Language)
Free ESL classes – Levels 1-4, Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00AM – 12:00PM, 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Email: life@sevenoaks.org – contact Mala Webb

 

The Storybook Program
Volunteers read and record stories for children onto CDs.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
Volunteers in this program go into the institutions (FVI, Mission Institution, ACCW, SPT) to meet with incarcerated parents. The participants read books aloud chosen specifically for each child while the volunteer records the readings to be later sent on CD to the child along with the new book.

 

New Beginnings Young Parent Program
This is a coordinated effort of Abbotsford Community Services and the Abbotsford School District. We provide grade 12 education and upgrading for young parents in the Abbotsford area. The program includes classroom, childcare and support services for parents.
Website: www.abbynewbeginnings.ca
Phone: 604.850.7303

 

Upgrading and University Preparation (UUP) Department
The Upgrading and University Preparation (UUP) Department at UFV provides programming for adults of all backgrounds and ages in an adult environment. Students do not have to pay tuition fees for UUP courses.
Contact information:Kulwant Gill 604-854-4578 Kulwant.gill@ufv.ca
or Linda Yamaguchi at 604-854-4597 linda.yamaguchi@ufv.ca

 

For Seniors

Moving Ahead Program (MAP): Youth, Adults & Seniors
Case-Management, Lifeskills, Literacy and Essential Skills support for vulnerable refugee & immigrant youth, adults and seniors
living in Abbotsford.
Phone: 778-809-4411

Email: Palminder.Kelay@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com
 

For Everyone

Fraser Valley Regional Library
Fraser Valley Regional Library offers many programs for children, youth, adults, families, and seniors.
You can browse their list of programs here

 

Ray and Millie Silver Aboriginal Library
The library consists of Aboriginal content, fiction and non-fiction.
It is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.
Address: Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Road
Email: perry_smith@sd34.bc.ca
Email: literacymattersabbotsford@gmail.com
Catalog: www.librarything.com