Lawyers For Literacy

Over the past ten years, The Law Society has supported the West Broadway Youth Outreach organization (WBYO) in a program to promote literacy and raise funds for the great work they do in our community. Since Lawyers for Literacy began over ten years ago in 2011, over $100,000 has been raised, with over 500 lawyers participating in reading to the WBYO kids. There are many children who struggle every day to understand information written at even a basic level. Many kids do not have an adult at home who reads to them or encourages them to read by sharing with them the joy of reading. The Law Society is proud to sponsor this event and encourages lawyers to get involved by raising funds and/or donating their time to read with a child for an hour or more.

The Law Society of Manitoba is delighted to continue to support the WBYO and sponsor this year’s Virtual Edition of Lawyers for Literacy. While in person participation is not possible this year, lawyers will once again have the opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time helping a child read. Sign up for a two-hour time slot, either morning and afternoon, to participate in a series of 10-minute breakout sessions with each child, all via Zoom. Hosted by the WBYO, Executive Director Ken Opaleke and his team look forward to bringing this event to you virtually as they have done a fantastic job throughout the pandemic, continuing to deliver valuable programming online.

New for this year – A portion of every dollar raised through the Lawyers for Literacy event will be applied directly to the West Broadway Youth Outreach newly established endowment fund, supporting the WYBO kids in their pursuit of higher education.

West Broadway Youth Outreach  established this fund with the Winnipeg Foundation in 2020 to provide annual support to WBYO kids and WBYO volunteers who are pursuing post-secondary education. The first two scholarships were awarded last year.

Event Information

When: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Sign up for one of the following two time slots
Group 1 (9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) or
Group 2 (11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Where: Via Zoom

What: 

  1. Read – Volunteers spend quality one-on-one time helping children to read.
  2. Raise Funds – Ask Friends, Family & Colleagues to sponsor you.

All donations will go towards the West Broadway Youth Outreach new endowment fund, supporting the WYBO kids in their pursuit of higher education with annual scholarships awarded to qualifying recipients.

Contact:

To sign up to volunteer for Lawyers For Literacy, contact Debbie Rossol at drossol@lawsociety.mb.ca or by phone at 204-926-2048.

Meet Fatih Oladeji!

Faith is one of the first WYBO scholarship recipients awarded in 2020.

West Broadway Youth Outreach has always been a program that has encouraged me in my journey. I joined the program when I was 7 years of age and since then, I have had countless experiences and lessons that I will take with me everywhere I go, including the Read-athon. As a 19-year-old, I now realize that the Read-athon has allowed me to cultivate the habit of reading. This habit has helped vastly in my pursuit to bring my future goals and aspirations to fruition.

West Broadway Youth Outreach
West Broadway Youth Outreach (WBYO)

WBYO is a recreational life skills program for children who live in the West Broadway area. Children range in age from 4 to 12, as well as junior volunteers, mentors and role models aged 13 to 17 years old. They provide 28 structured programs after school and evenings year-round. All activities are free.

During the pandemic, the WBYO has done an amazing job adapting their programs to offer them online. In some cases, they have even provided iPhones and plans to the kids who would otherwise be unable to participate. WBYO welcomes donations of books, children’s clothing, juice boxes for after school snacks, games, toys, and musical instruments … pretty much anything you can think of that would be of interest to a child.  For more information visit westbroadwayyouthoutreach.com.

How Can I Help?

Start Collecting Pledges – Monetary donations can be made by cash, cheque or online donation. WBYO will provide a charitable receipt for donations of $25.00 or more.

Online donations can be made by visiting Canada Helps and selecting “Lawyers for Literacy ” as the “Fund Your Donation Will Support”.

Donated items can be dropped off at the Law Society anytime during regular business hours. WBYO welcomes all donations. Currently, they have a higher need for items that facilitate online access to programming, specifically Kobo eReaders, laptops, and laptop bags.