KINGSTON, ON, April 6 /CNW/ - Today, Empire Life announced a $250,000 investment over five years (2011-2016)
in Pathways to Education Canada to support the local delivery of the
program in the Kingston communities of Rideau Heights and Inner
Harbour. Pathways to Education's Kingston site launched in September
2010 in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres and already
has 61 students registered in the program. This generous donation from
Empire Life will help the Kingston site support more students,
furthering Pathways to Education Canada's goal to help create a Graduation Nation.
"This investment reflects Empire Life's dedication to ensuring that
Kingston youth have the resources and community support needed to
graduate high school," said David Hughes, president and chief executive
officer, Pathways to Education Canada. "Pathways to Education Canada
recently made a call-to-action to make Canada a Graduation Nation where all youth have an equal opportunity to complete high school and
realize the long term benefits of education. This donation is a step to
seeing our vision become a reality."
Pathways to Education Canada recently launched a five-year plan to
establish and sustain programs in up to 20 high-need communities and
make universal access to education a priority issue for all Canadians.
The support of Empire Life will help Pathways to Education take a step
towards its goals in the Kingston area, but achieving this vision
entirely will require a significant investment from additional
"Every young man and young woman in our community deserves the
opportunity to realize his or her full potential," said Les Herr,
president and chief executive officer at Empire Life. "We are in a
position to help them make that happen and we're excited to offer
financial and other support to the program."
Pathways to Education's Kingston site has had an exciting start. The 61
students enrolled in the program are actively taking part in tutoring
and group mentoring sessions, as well as field trips and social
activities. Students have reported that since joining the Pathways to
Education program, their grades have improved and they are receiving
positive feedback from their teachers. A recent highlight for the
students was attending several Kingston Frontenac OHL games thanks to
Empire Life's generous donation of its box seats. Students had the
opportunity to meet the players and create lifelong memories.
The Pathways to Education program provides academic tutoring, group and
career-oriented mentoring, student advocacy and financial assistance,
including transit tickets or meal vouchers, as well as academic
scholarships for post-secondary studies. The Pathways program has
achieved tremendous results in its inaugural community where drop out
rates have decreased by over 70 per cent and the number of students
going on to college or university has increased by 400 per cent. The
Boston Consulting Group calculates that an investment of $1 in Pathways
to Education generates a $24 return to society through an increased tax
base and decreased social costs. Since its inception in 2001, Pathways
to Education has expanded to eleven communities across the country.
About Pathways to Education - www.pathwaystoeducation.ca
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps
youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and
successfully transition into post-secondary education or training.
Pathways to Education removes systemic barriers to education by
providing leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to
lower dropout rates. Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in eleven
communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova
Scotia and Manitoba.
SOURCE Pathways to Education Canada
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