With your help, we can make Canada a nation where all youth have an equal opportunity to graduate from high school and build the foundation for their future success.

There are so many ways that you can help to build a Graduation Nation! 

  • Support a Student
  • Fundraise for Pathways
  • Provide Summer Internships
  • Volunteer
  • Attend an Event
  • Stay Connected
  • Book a Pathways Speaker

Volunteer at Pathways to Education

Help make Canada a Graduation Nation! 

The Pathways to Education Program offers you an opportunity to make a long-lasting, positive difference in the lives of young people. As a volunteer with Pathways you are making a strong, collective statement about how much and how many people believe in the capabilities of our youth.

Volunteers play an essential role at Pathways to Education and much of our success is directly attributed to over 1500 volunteers who work tirelessly across the country.

As Pathways to Education grows, so does our need for volunteers. We continue to recruit people from all sectors to support the delivery of our programs. We offer excellent opportunities, training and support. Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Canada’s youth.

Who are Pathways to Education volunteers?

We look for people who demonstrate passion for their role, dedication and commitment to our students. Above all, our volunteers must:

  • Be serious about their volunteer commitment
  • Be patient, respectful and act within the boundaries outlined in their role description
  • Have energy and enthusiasm
  • Possess a desire to make a difference in someone’s life!

Types of Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals


  • At least one night a week in the evenings after school hours
  • During the school year between September – June, with breaks corresponding to those of the local school board
  • Tutoring secondary students in small groups or one-to-one
  • Tutoring secondary students in one of the core subjects (Math, English, Science, Geography, Social Sciences)

Group Mentoring

  • Social/Emotional support to secondary students through participating in inclusive and engaging mentoring group activities
  • One night every other week in the evening after school hours during the school year
  • Work with other mentors in groups of 10 -15 students 

Volunteer Requirements and Process

The requirements and process to become a volunteer do vary by community. In general, you should be prepared to:


  • Attend a volunteer information session
  • Have enough time to commit themselves for at least two hours per week on a regular basis for a minimum of one school year 
  • Enjoy teaching, explaining school subjects
  • Complete the volunteer intake package
  • Complete an interview
  • Pass a vulnerable sector criminal background check
  • Provide references
  • Attend the mandatory training sessions required for the position applied 

Types of Volunteer Opportunities at your Workplace 
Pathways does not end at graduation. Take your industry know-how and support a Pathways Alumni in their transitions to post-secondary institutions and the workplace through various mentoring and educational activities. If you are interested in this 
please contact Hussein Jadavji, Manager of National Program Initiatives at hjadavji@pathwayscanada.ca or 416-646-0123 ext. 317

How do I start volunteering with Pathways to Education?

If you are interested in becoming a tutor or group mentor with Pathways to Education please click below to read more about volunteering at each of our local sites: 


Contact Tiffany Brew, Manager of Programming Initiatives at tbrew@pathwayscanada.ca or 416-646-0123 ext. 317 

Help Build a Graduation Nation

  • Graduation Nation is our 5-year initiative to reduce dropout rates and make graduation a national priority
  • We must achieve our goal to serve 10,000 students and alumni by 2016
  • We can’t do it alone: Individuals, corporations, and government all have a critical role to play