"And volunteer mentoring programs like Pathways to Education have a strategic role to play. Canada is a world leader in volunteerism, but these kids, whose parents are themselves struggling with language and adjustment, need the support of established citizens.
“When I was entering high school there was a program in the community called Pathways to Education. It provided me with social, financial and education support to stay in school and become successful.
"Pathways is a story of a vision and the development of a system to give effect to this vision and then the building of a business. The essential ingredients to Pathways’ success are vision and leadership. It is a familiar theme.
Pathways founder Carolyn Acker & alumnus Tarak were on Global Morning Show today with Carolyn Mackenzie to talk about the 15th anniversary of Pathways to Education programming and Education Week.
Cody was shy and reserved, but now the Grade 12 student performs Shakespeare. “When I was in Grade 9, I was very awkward,” he says. “I used to wear my hoodie all the time… and never really talk to anyone.”
Bharat has been volunteering in our Pathways Kitchener program since September 2014. A software engineer by profession, Bharat volunteers multiple nights each week as a volunteer tutor. “I have a pretty good life overall,” says Bharat, “but I felt that something was missing.
Now a pilot project at the Rexdale Community Health Centre, “Start Something” aims to bring entrepreneurial education to high school students who might not otherwise receive it.