About the Regent Park Community
Regent Park is the oldest public housing project and one of the most economically disadvantaged regions in Canada. While extremely rich in diversity, it is a community that faces many race, language, and cultural barriers.
- Over 80 per cent of residents are visible minorities, and for many, English is a second language
- Few families are earning more than $18,000 per year (less than 1/3 of the national average)
- The region has twice the number of single-parent families as the rest of Toronto
In September 2001, with an average of 850 high school aged youth and no secondary schools in the community, 56 per cent of the youth in Regent Park were dropping out of high school. That same year though, the Pathways to Education Program was introduced and positive change began to happen. Beginning in September 2001, Pathways enrolled 95 per cent of the eligible Grade 9 high school students (and their parents) in the Program and successfully addressed many of the challenges expressed by the Regent Park community.
Now after more than 15 years, The Pathways to Education Program continues to enrol and re-enrol more than 92 per cent of the eligible Grade 9-12 students in the Regent Park community. Over the years, the Program has expanded to include over 900 students, attending close to 60 different high schools.
The Pathways Regent Park Program is based at the Cynthia Lee Gray Centre for Pathways to Education. The naming of the Centre was a tribute gift from Glenn Hadden who, together with Cythnia Lee Gray were early Pathways supporters.
In creating the Pathways to Education Program, the vision of the Regent Park Community Health Centre was to transform the life chances of a generation of young people so they would become the community's future leaders. Today, the Pathways Program is doing just that, with graduates of the program now actively engaged in giving back to the community from which they came from as social workers, business graduates, franchise owners, community leaders, and more!
Students and their parents/guardians living in Regent Park and Moss Park (north side of King, to the south side of Gerrard, and east side of Sherbourne, to the river) currently enrolled in Grades 9-12.
Pathways Regent Park is located at:
The Cynthia Lee Gray Centre for Pathways to Education
411 Parliament Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 3A1
The Pathways to Education Program is delivered in partnership with Regent Park Community Health Centre, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services, and community capacity building. To visit the Health Centre’s website, please click here.
How to Join
If you are a student or parent/guardian from the Regent Park catchment area and would like to find out how to join the Pathways to Education Program, please contact Beryl Tang, Administrative Assistant, at [email protected].
How to Volunteer
Volunteers play an important role at Pathways to Education and much of our success is directly attributed to over 200 volunteers who work passionately on a weekly basis in our Academic Support and Mentorship programs. As Pathways continues to grow, 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 volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Regent Park youth.
If you are interested in volunteering with Pathways Regnt Park, new volunteers are welcomed twice a year in April and September. Interested individuals are invited to register and attend an information session each cycle, followed by an individual interview, and training if selected.
For more information and to sign up for our next intake, please email Ashif Mohammod, Volunteer Engagement Program Facilitator at [email protected].