Pathways to Education is a national, community-based program, supporting youth education and helping students reach high school graduation. Founded in 2001 in Toronto’s Regent Park, the program has continued to expand to 18 other communities in Canada. Our goal is to make sure that all eligible youth in the Spryfield area are well equipped to pursue post-secondary education and/or meaningful employment.
Why Pathways Spryfield
With a 55% graduation rate in the Pathways Spryfield catchment area, Chebucto Connections, along with other organizations, knew it was time to act. Through researching a wide variety of best practices and programs, Pathways to Education was chosen as the most appropriate program for the Spryfield community. Following a long community assessment the Pathways Spryfield program came to life in 2010. Pathways supports the current efforts of educators and experts already working with Spryfield youth. The program brings community resources together to achieve a common goal of providing students the extra support they need to be successful in school. For more information on how communities are selected for the Pathways to Education program, follow this link.
How does Pathways Work?
The Pathways to Education Program provides four key supports to ensure that young people will successfully complete high school, continue on to post-secondary programs and become actively engaged in their career development.
- Academic Support – Tutoring in core subjects, four nights a week
- Leadership – Group mentoring for grades 9 and 10, specialty and career mentoring for grades 11 and 12
- Financial Support – Immediate financial support, such as free bus tickets, which are tied to attendance and program participation, as well as a scholarship for post-secondary education (up to $2,000 per student in the program)
- Advocacy – Student-Parent Support Workers help connect teens, parents, school administration, teachers and community agencies