Pathways to Education's innovative, community-based program is helping youth from low-income communities to stay in school, to graduate from high school, and to achieve their full potential. Working in partnership with governments, community partners, schools, school boards, and hundreds of diverse volunteers who share their talent and wisdom, Pathways to Education is helping to break the cycle of poverty through education and enable strategic, long-term social change.
The Pathways Program works within a community, alongside the local school system, to provide academic, financial, social, and one-on-one supports to address the barriers that youth can face to education. Each student benefits from personal relationships with dedicated staff and volunteers who act as counsellors, advocates, confidantes, social workers, and mediators – to guide students and their families to insights that can’t be found on report cards. Students sign a contract to join the Program that holds them accountable for their participation and supports them to be advocates for their future.
Embedded within trusted local organizations, and dedicated to equality, inclusion, and accessibility, the Program is available to all students of high school age within the communities Pathways to Education serves. With average sign-up rates of more than 80 per cent, Pathways to Education is a collective movement of the community for education.