Teachers’ Tutoring Service (TTS), with support from the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), was established in 1983 as a co-operative of under-employed teachers. Our mandate was to provide professional tutoring at a reasonable rate. TTS was registered as a non-profit Society in 1987 and 1989 became independent of the BCTF. The Society continues to grow with a steadily increasing client and tutor base.
In 1990, the Tutoring Aid Society (TAS), a registered charity, was set up to provide subsidized tutoring to students from low-income families. TAS receives its funding from TTS tutors and over the years various organizations such as the Vancouver Foundation, Hamber Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, The Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, The CKNW Orphans’ Fund, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Chevron Canada and the BC Gaming Commission.
To benefit some of the more disadvantaged students, tutoring programs have been offered at selected Inner City schools for over fifteen years. All costs are funded entirely by TAS. Selection of these schools and students is made through discussion with local teachers’ associations, individual teachers and administrators. The aim of these “mentoring” programs is to develop self-esteem by focusing on the individual, thus preventing future “drop-outs”. This is indeed the objective of all tutoring through TTS and TAS.
The development of our two Societies, TTS and TAS, is interdependent and their continued growth is a success story due to the professionalism of over 400 registered, qualified tutors. Our goals remain the same today as they were in 1983: helping students and teachers by providing a tutoring service that is professional, non-profit and affordable.