About the Spryfield community
Spryfield is a historic area located in Halifax’s eastern Chebucto Peninsula. The Spryfield area includes the communities along Herring Cove Road and nearby streets, and displays the characteristics of an economically disadvantaged community in Canada. There are more than 4,000 residents in the Spryfield area with a high proportion of single-parent families, children and youth. Spryfield is a resource-rich community with many active and engaged residents. However, the community wrestles with socio-economic issues related to poverty, high unemployment and low education attainment in some areas. Other youth issues include: lack of access to transportation; lack of after school programming; and higher than average high school dropout rates.
In May 2010, Pathways Spryfield launched in partnership with local community group Chebucto Connections. In its academic first year, 57 students participated in the program. Chebucto Connections sought out this partnership after hearing from students and families that greater success in education was desired in the community. Pathways Spryfield also partners with parents, youth, many community organizations including the United Way, Spryfield and District Business Commission and the Halifax Regional School Board.
The catchment area of the Pathways Spryfield program is along the central core of the Spryfield area, including Cowie Hill at one end and Green Acres at the other end.
Halifax-Spryfield Pathways to Education Program is located at:
531 Herring Cove Rd
Spryfield, NS B3R 1X3
How to Join
All students in the geographic catchment area are eligible to enroll in the Pathways program, regardless of their academic performance or economic circumstance. Initial enrollment 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 Shelley Currie, Program Manager at [email protected].
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 Halifax’s youth.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor in the Halifax Pathways program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Bray, at [email protected] indicating your area of interest and expertise.