Pathways program results continue to far exceed early hopes to reduce the dropout rate of youth in low-income communities to a level that was similar to the city average; over seven cohorts, the dropout rate for youth in Pathways’ Regent Park program has declined by more than 70 per cent. Close to 90 per cent of the community’s youth are participating in Pathways with 80 per cent of the program graduates going on to attend college or university.
Since graduation and post-secondary metrics are available only at the end of a student’s high school career, Pathways also tracks key "intervening variables." These metrics – including community enrolment, school attendance and credit accumulation – are timely, and give an early indication of probable success. Across Pathways second, third, and fourth generation sites, performance on these lead indicators point toward results that are as good as what has been achieved in Regent Park.
Pathways Results Recognized by Charity Intelligence Canada
In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, Pathways to Education was named as a recommended charity by Charity Intelligence Canada – a research organization championing charities that deliver high impact for donor investment. Pathways was honoured to be recognized for excellence in addressing a social issue, cost efficiency and for having a track record of producing outstanding results for Canadians in need.
- 2X – high school graduation rates among program participants have more than doubled
- 300% – the increase in the rate of students going on to college or university
- $24 – the social return for every $1 invested in Pathways (Boston Consulting Group)
- 81% – average youth participation rates in Pathways communities