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% 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 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% of the youth in Regent Park were dropping out. That same year saw the introduction of the Pathways to Education program. Beginning in September 2001, Pathways enrolled 95% 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 10 years, The Pathways to Education Program continues to enrol and re-enrol more than 92% of the eligible Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 students as 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 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 – as social workers, business graduates, franchise owners, community leaders and more!
Students & their parents/guardians living in Regent Park & Moss Park (north side of King to the south side of Gerrard & east side of Sherbourne to the river) currently enrolled in Grades 9-12.
The Regent Park Pathways to Education Program 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, you or your parent/guardian can 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.
Are you interested in volunteering at Pathways Regent Park? We welcome new volunteers twice a year in April and in September. Interested individuals are invited to register and attend an information session each cycle followed by an individual interview and training to follow thereafter. For more information and to sign up for our next intake, please email Tabassum Mehnaz, Volunteer Engagement Program Facilitator at [email protected].