Post-secondary and career development support
Pathways To Education
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Pathways to Education™ provides key support to ensure that youth living in Regent Park & Moss Park will complete high school, continue on to post-secondary programs and become actively engaged in their career development.
Pathways strive to increase academic retention, attainment and success for high school students. The program works in partnership with parents, community agencies, volunteers, local school boards & staff in high schools to provide four types of support:
Tutoring is provided in five core subjects in a safe, social learning environment 4 nights of the week.
Group Mentoring provides after school extra-curricular activities for students in grades 9 and 10. Career Mentoring provides academic advising for students to explore post-secondary options and career opportunities.
Bus tickets are provided for all students enrolled in the program who attend school. Students earn a $500 bursary yearly (max $2000) for each high school year completed. The bursary is held in trust until high school graduation and disbursed directly to the accredited public post-secondary program upon proof of acceptance.
Student-Parent Support Workers (SPSW), help build stable relationships between the students (one to one), parents, school & community staff by monitoring school attendance, academic progress, and program participation. SPSW’s work closely with school administration and teachers to address issues impacting academic success & advocating on behalf of the students when the parents are unable to do so themselves.
411 Parliament Street, 2nd Floor
Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Office hours are from September to June (excluding holidays).
Courtnay McFarlane (Director)
416-642-1570 ext. 262
Pathways to Education Programs
Other public events include
- Post-Secondary Night
- Sr. Student Parent Info Night
- LinkedIn Event
Areas We Serve
Students with parents/guardians residing in Regent/Moss Park and Rivertowne communities.
- Full-time high school student currently enrolled
- Grades 9-12
- Living in Regent/Moss Park or Rivertowne
We are always looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to assist us in delivering programming for our after school Academic Support and Group Mentoring programs. Should you be interested then contact us at 416-642-1570 ext. 262
Welcome to the
Pathways to Education
Volunteers play an important role at Pathways to Education™ and much of our success is directly attributed to over 200 volunteers who work tirelessly in our tutoring and mentoring programs. As Pathways to Education™ grows, 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 Pathways to Education™ volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Regent Park youth.
What is in it for you?
Above all a very rewarding volunteer experience and the opportunity to:
- Help Regent Park youth to graduate from high school and continue on to post-secondary education
- Contribute to your community at large
- Develop new skills
- Explore a new career
- Increase your practical experience
- Grow personally
- Meet new people
- Participate in training initiatives
Who are Pathways to Education™ volunteers?
We look for people who demonstrate passion for their role, dedication and commitment to our students. Above all, our volunteers must
- Be serious about their volunteer commitment
- Have enough time to commit themselves for at least two hours per week on a regular basis for a minimum of one school year (with breaks corresponding to those of the Toronto District School Board)
- Be patient, respectful and act within the boundaries outlined in their role description
- Enjoy teaching, explaining school subjects
- Have energy and enthusiasm
- Possess a desire to make a difference in someone’s life!
What are the current volunteer opportunities?
Volunteer opportunities are available in the Academic Support and GroupMentoring departments. Volunteers able to tutor high school math, sciences and various subjects in French are especially needed.
- Commit to one evening or afternoon per week for three hours to tutor students in small groups or one-on-one
- Tutor students with a range of abilities in subjects from grades 9 to 12
- Specialize in at least one subject (math, sciences, English, French, or social sciences, or literacy)
- Are available to mentor a group of 15 students with one or two other co-mentors
- Commit to a mentoring group, two to three hours, once every other week between October and May
- Offer ideas applying communication and negotiation skills to activities, a theme or a group project
- Complete the volunteer intake package
- Complete an interview
- Pass a vulnerable sector criminal background check
- Provide two professional references
- Attend the mandatory training sessions required for the position applied for
How do I apply?
If you meet the basic requirements, please contact our office by phoning 416-642-1570 and ask to speak with the Volunteer Program Facilitator, or email email@example.com to take the first step toward becoming a volunteer. We will ask you to come to the Volunteer office on the 2nd floor of 411 Parliament St. At that time, you can expect to talk briefly about your skills, experience and how you’d like to help the Pathways to Education Regent Park program. You will be asked to provide a current resume and the contact information for two professional references.
Once accepted as a volunteer, you will be required to attend a volunteer training where we will review the organization’s history, mission, policies, procedures, and other relevant volunteer information.
All volunteers need to be committed to the success of our students. Your role, whether you are directly involved with students or not, is to support the staff to enhance the services we provide all help our students thrive.
Please note that we hold 2 major volunteer intakes throughout the year to satisfy our programming needs. Due to the large number of applications you may be placed on a waiting list until there is an opening.