About the Hamilton Community
The Bennetto and Keith neighbourhoods, located in Hamilton's diverse North End, serve as the Hamilton Pathways to Education Program sites. The community includes a mix of industrial and residential locations. Both neighbourhoods are often characterized as having lower socio-economic, higher level of immigrants, greater than average single-parent families, higher unemployment rates and greater than average high school drop out rates. What is often lost in this description is the richness of history, the strength, resilience and generosity of these communities.
The Pathways to Education program was launched in Hamilton in the fall of 2009 after which the North Hamilton Community Health Centre identified a 45% drop out rate for students living in the north end of Hamilton. Through collaboration with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board and Mohawk College, among others, the Health Centre worked with Pathways Canada to gain the full approvals necessary to launch the program.
The catchment area of the Hamilton Pathways program is:
South: Barton Street
East: Sherman Ave North
North: The waterfront
West: Queen Street North
The Hamilton Pathways to Education Program is located at:
North Hamilton Community Health Centre
438 Hughson Street North
Hamilton, ON L8L 4N5
Pathways to Education Hamilton is administered by host agency North Hamilton Community Health Centre, a not-for-profit which provides primary care, health wellness and community outreach programs to nearly 7,000 North End residents. To visit the Health Centre’s website, please click here.
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 the Pathways Hamilton office 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 Hamilton’s youth.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor in the Hamilton Pathways program, please call 905-523-6719 or email [email protected] and indicate your area of interest and expertise, or visit the Pathways Hamilton website and click on “Volunteer".