With the second semester of the school year underway, it’s an exciting time for students in Grade 12—many of whom will be graduating in a matter of months. However, youth living in low-income communities face unique barriers that put them at a disadvantage, including insufficient financial means and a lack of access to resources essential to academic success. The average high school dropout rate in Canada ranges from 7 to 13 percent, but in low-income communities across the country where students face barriers to education related to poverty, this number rises to 30 to 50 percent. This is why organizations like Pathways to Education are so important. Pathways provides a combination of academic, financial, social and one-on-one supports tailored to each student’s specific needs. The Pathways Program has proven to reduce barriers that stand in the way of students’ educational success and provides young people with the confidence and skills they need to graduate from high school and realize their true potential. The Pathways Program currently serves twenty locations across Canada.
To learn more about Pathways and help build a Graduation Nation, visit pathwaystoeducation.ca.