Chances are, if you have been successful in life, there was someone along your path who believed in you – someone who shared their knowledge, guided you with a key decision, helped hone your skills, or served as an inspiration for what you could achieve.

But what if no one like that existed in your life? Or in the lives of anyone you knew?

This is the reality for tens of thousands of youth in Canada’s impoverished neighbourhoods. Lacking sufficient financial means, support at home, positive role models, and opportunities to grow, many drop out of high school. It’s a decision that costs them their education and future earning potential. Taken collectively, it costs their community by ingraining a culture of failure. Nationally, it costs our economy through a reduced employment pool and tax base, and an enormous strain on public expenditures.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Pathways to Education is working to help make Canada a Graduation Nation. Through three integrated strategies – program excellence and innovation, national expansion, and broadened impact – we are mobilizing the skills, networks, resources and resolve to ensure that future generations of Canadians are able to build successful lives, contribute to thriving communities, and bolster our country’s productivity and prosperity. 

We’ve seen what happens when we challenge youth to succeed. They rise to the occasion. Now we hope that you will too. Your support will ground our kids in the knowledge that someone believes in them. Invest in their dreams. Unlock their potential. And you will transform an entire nation through the power of education.


Sue Gillespie
President and CEO
Pathways to Education Canada 

 Learn About Us

  • Founded in 2001, Pathways now operates nationally across Canada
  • The Pathways program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth
  • By 2016, Pathways will serve over 10,000 students and alumni each year