My name is Anna Tran, I am a recent graduate from McMaster University. I am reaching out today on behalf of my team at the Parsec Youth Network (PYN) to share a recent initiative of mine. We would love to be given the opportunity to help support the youth of First Nation communities by providing free online tutoring services to any student or family who may be interested.

The PYN is a student-led non-profit run entirely on volunteers, which I co-founded in 2015. In mid-March of this year, we launched a free online tutoring program for grade-school students in Canada to help make learning more manageable and enjoyable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have since gathered over 900 wonderful volunteers who have committed to dedicating time out of their days to become tutors, and have been able to offer dozens of students homework help, academic advising, and general educational sessions, all through free one-on-one tutoring.

Our tutors can not only provide academic support for students and help alleviate some stress for their parents/guardians, but also some much-needed social support during these challenging times of social distancing and isolation as many schools continue to be on lock-down. This program will continue well into the summer months, and into the next academic year as well. We are also in the midst of planning virtual summer workshops to fill in some of the gaps left behind by the cancellation of many summer recreational activities. Should there be any issues with lack of access to an electronic device, we can work to collaborate with other organizations which may provide these devices to develop a solution that we can integrate into our program.

I would therefore love to extend this free service to you and your community, and hope that you can help us spread the word by connecting us to the right people who may find this program to be a valuable resource. If you would like to learn more about our program, our tutors, partnerships, and news coverage, you can visit our website at https://parsecyouthnet.weebly.com/tutoring.html. I would also be more than happy to call and discuss, if interested.

Please let me know if this sounds like something you believe can benefit with greater outreach to the youth in your community. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Anna Tran
Co Founder and Director of Operations
Parsec Youth Network (PYN)
[email protected]

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