Welcome to the Pathways to Education community page for Kitchener!

About the Kitchener Community

There are two neighbourhoods in Kitchener that have opened their doors to the Pathways to Education Program. Both communities are diverse, with a wealth of languages and cultures represented among the participants. The two neighbourhoods, both of which are in the south-central core of Kitchener, have a high percentage of families living in public housing, of new Canadians settling in the areas, and of vulnerable youth. Most importantly, with two of the highest dropout rates in Kitchener, the families in these neighbourhoods are eager to see the program succeed in their communities.

Pathways students have shown a marked improvement since the program began in September 2007 as they achieve higher grades, attend school more regularly, and focus on the expectations and requirements of their educational plans. Tutoring and mentoring are now held in five locations throughout the Kingsdale and Chandler-Mowat communities, and the Student Parent Support Workers are meeting with students in over seven high schools throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The program continues to grow as students, their families, and community members spread the word, and as Pathways to Education makes its mark in Waterloo Region. 


Catchment Area

The catchment area for Pathways Kitchener is the Chandler-Mowat and Valleyview neighbourhoods; and the Courtland-Shelley, Traynor-Vanier, and Greenfield neighbourhoods.

The Kitchener Pathways to Education Program is located at:

Carizon Family and Community Services
400 Queen Street South

Kitchener, ON, N2G 1W7
Tel: 519-743-6333

Kitchener 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 – 12, you or your parent/guardian can contact us at pathways@carizon.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 Kitchener’s youth.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor in the Kitchener Pathways program, please call Dale Gellatly, Volunteer Coordinator, at 519-743-6333 ext. 243 or email dgellatly@carizon.ca and let her know your area of interest and expertise.

For complete program information:
E-mail: pathways@carizon.ca 

Phone: (519) 743-6333 

Visit the website: www.carizon.ca and click on Pathways to Education 

Pathways to Education Kitchener is administered by host agency Carizon Family & Community Services, a full-service, professional counselling agency. For more than 57 years, Carizon has provided individual counselling, group programs, credit counselling and community outreach to children, men, women, seniors, couples, families and new Canadians. To visit Carizon Family & Community Services' website, please click here.

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