School Grandparent Program

School Grandparent Program

The School Grandparent Program provides volunteers for assignments in elementary schools in the Metro Vancouver area. It began as a pilot project in 1996, in response to a lack of opportunities for young and old to relate in an increasingly age-segregated society. The pilot project was a resounding success. Beyond fostering intergenerational communication and cooperation, the program demonstrated significant benefit to educators. The volunteers enjoyed the chance to share skills, knowledge and experience, while providing a valuable community service. Volunteer Grandparents works in partnership with educators to develop, place and support volunteers in the School Grandparent Program.

Become a School Grandparent

It doesn’t take much to be a part of your community. It can start by supporting a child in the classroom. As a School Grandparent, you will be joining a growing number of women and men who are dedicated to building strong communities through intergenerational connections. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The School Grandparent program welcomes your interest if you:

  • Are 50 years or older and live in the Metro Vancouver area
  • Enjoy supporting youth with their educational journey
  • Have a desire to assist in the learning environment of an elementary school’s community
  • Can share 2-3 hours a week at an elementary school
  • Can commit for at least one full school year (September – June)

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Download the Volunteer Application Package
  • Return the completed form to our office by mail to:

    Volunteer Grandparents
    203 – 2101 Holdom Avenue
    Burnaby, BC V5B 0A4

To receive a Volunteer Application Package by mail, contact us at or call us at 604-736-8271.

What happens once we receive your completed Volunteer Application Package?

  • Your first interview will be conducted at our office
  • Your second interview will be conducted at your home
  • Your references will be checked
  • An orientation session will be given
  • You will receive match information
  • A meeting will be arranged for you and the potential school match
  • Match finalized and ongoing support is provided

Register Your Elementary School

Volunteer Grandparents welcomes the opportunity to provide an intergenerational program in your school. Currently the School Grandparent Program is offered in the Metro Vancouver area. Our School Grandparents can support children one-on-one or in a group setting for various social, recreational and academic activities.

Here’s how to register your elementary school:

  • Download the Volunteer Request Form
  • Return the completed form to our office by mail to:

    Volunteer Grandparents
    203 – 2101 Holdom Avenue
    Burnaby, BC V5B 0A4

To receive a School Request Form by mail, contact us at or call us at 604-736-8271.

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