Welcome to the Pathways to Education community page for Kingston!

About the Kingston Community

The city of Kingston is located half way between Montreal and Toronto, Canada’s two largest cities. The city’s north end includes the Inner North End and Rideau Heights communities, both of which struggle with high dropout rates and poverty. While residents in these communities make up less than 10 per cent of Kingston’s population, they account for 24 per cent of low incomes households, 23 per cent of residents who have not completed high school, 20 per cent of single parent families and 17 per cent of renters in the city. 

North Kingston today remains the crucible of socio-economic disadvantage, saddled by the traditional model of centralized public housing in Rideau Heights and the consequent problems that a concentration of multi-generational poverty breeds. Yet there is an emergent North Kingston, a community of distinct neighbourhoods with a clear sense of identity, seasoned community leaders, active citizen engagement and a string of recent community development successes.

In 2010, Pathways Kingston was launched – the 10th Pathways to Education program in Canada – in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres.

Catchment Area

The catchment area of the Kingston Pathways to Education program is within the north section of the city, including the communities of the Inner North End and Rideau Heights: Raglan Road to Conacher St. between Division Street and the Cataraqui River.

The Kingston Pathways to Education Program is located at:

Kingston Community Health Centres
263 Weller Avenue
Kingston, Ontario  K7K 2V4
Tel: 613-507-7107

Kingston Catchment Map

How to Join

All students in the geographic catchment area are eligible to enrol in the Pathways program, regardless of their academic performance or economic circumstance. Initial enrolment begins in Grade 9 and students remain in the program until the end of Grade 12, however students may join the program in any high school grade, where applicable. The Pathways program is at no cost to the participants. If you would like to join the Pathways program and are currently enrolled in Grades 9 – 10, you or your parent/guardian can contact Petra Hanson (petrah@kchc.ca) or Roger Romero (rogerr@kchc.ca).

How to Volunteer

The Pathways to Education Program requires skilled and committed volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative program, which can make a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families. Both one-on-one and group tutoring positions are available and training is provided. Recruitment is ongoing. Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Kingston’s youth.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor in the Pathways Kingston program, please call Ellyn Clost-Lambert at 613-507-7107 ext. 2122 or email her at ellync@kchc.ca, indicating your area of interest and expertise.

For complete program information, please contact:

Wendy Vuyk

Pathways Program Director

Tel: 613-507-7107

Email: wendyv@kchc.ca

Or visit the website:

www.kchc.ca and click on Pathways to Education

Pathways to Education Kingston is administered by host agency Kingston Community Health Centres whose mission is to “Care, Respond, Build Community” at the five program sites in its catchment area. To visit the Health Centre’s website, please click here.

Kingston Community Challenge

Through a visionary investment by Empire Life and Kimco Steel, Pathways to Education has created the Kingston Community Challenge, a 1:1 matching program. Empire Life and Kimco Steel will match every $1 raised this year, up to $50,000. By participating in this program, the impact of your generosity will be doubled.

Below is a list of gifts that will qualify for the Pathways to Education Community Challenge:+

  • Cash payments, whether one-time gifts or received as pledge payments, including gifts of securities, from individuals, corporations, businesses, foundations, associations and municipal governments including those resulting from direct appeals and unsolicited
  • Net proceeds from third party or internal fundraising events.

To find out more information about the Kingston Community Challenge and to get involved please contact Steven Presser at 1-877-516-0123 ext. 206 or at spresser@pathwayscanada.ca


In The News

Breaking the Cycle - Kingston Life 2015

First students graduate from Pathways - Kingston Whig


Pathways Communities

  • The Pathways program is delivered through local community organizations
  • All high school aged youth living within the program’s catchment area are eligible to participate
  • With average sign-up rates over 81%, Pathways is a collective movement of the community for education