Pathways celebrates five successful years in Ottawa and honours
OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, to celebrate the generosity
of key supporters such as the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Pathways to
Education invited Ottawa-area donors to a special appreciation event.
Since its launch in 2007, the Ottawa Pathways to Education site has
helped many local youth overcome income-related barriers that can stand
in the way of education.
At the event, Pathways recognized the Foundation and its generous
three-year, $296,500 province-wide grant to support Pathways to
Education's new Youth Leadership and Peace-Building Program designed to
teach skills in non-violent conflict resolution. Ottawa Centre MPP
Yasir Naqvi and Pierre Page, Ontario Trillium Foundation Board member,
were on hand to congratulate Pathways on its ongoing commitment to
building healthier and more vibrant communities.
"This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for Pathways to Education
Canada will translate into critical supports for youth in Ottawa," said
Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa-West Nepean. "Outstanding results have
been achieved, and I look forward to the many successes to come for our
youth involved in these programs."
"Pathways to Education ensures youth from all backgrounds are afforded
every opportunity to succeed," said Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa
Centre. "These funds will allow them to develop leadership skills to
help complete their education and get set on a career path, while
inspiring their peers to do the same."
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is one of the founding partners of
Pathways to Education Canada, having provided one of the organization's
first-ever grants that supported their early work in 1999. Since then,
the Foundation has provided Pathways to Education with close to $2.5
million in grant money.
"Thanks to the early and ongoing support of Ontario Trillium Foundation,
Pathways to Education is succeeding in closing the education
achievement gap for youth in low-income communities" said David
Hughes, President and CEO, Pathways to Education Canada. "Their
investment in the development of new programming means that Pathways
can continue to deliver an innovative program that is preparing youth
with relevant and lasting skills".
In partnership with YOUCAN, a non-profit specializing in youth-led
methods of non-violent conflict resolution, the Pathways to Education Youth Leadership and Peace-Building Program has been piloted at the Ottawa Pathways site since 2011. Now, with the
success of the pilot project, the Youth Leadership and Peace-Building Program will be implemented in all 12 Pathways locations across Canada. To
date, over 1,000 youth have received training in some or all of the
program's eight modules. The program empowers youth to build successful
relationships by teaching skills to peacefully navigate the
socio-political tensions and boundaries they face related to class,
race, ability, language, appearance, sexuality and gender.
"We are extremely grateful to all the funders who support our efforts to
ensure that the youth in our community have the same access to
opportunities as their more affluent peers" said Jill Skinner, Board
Chair for Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, the community
agency that delivers the Pathways program in Ottawa. "The generosity of
our donors makes the Pathways program possible and is having a positive
long-term impact in the Ottawa community".
About Pathways to Education Canada - 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 addresses systemic barriers to education by
providing leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to
lower dropout rates. Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in twelve
communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova
Scotia and Manitoba.
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre - Founded by community members in 1979, Pinecrest-Queensway Community
Health Centre is an innovative, community based, multi-service centre
striving to meet the needs of the diverse communities it serves. Its
225 full and part-time staff, and over 450 volunteers, work in
partnership with individuals, families and communities to help them
achieve their full potential, paying particular attention to those who
are most vulnerable and at risk.
Ontario Trillium Foundation - A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation
strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in
community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario,
OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.
Image with caption: "David Hughes of Pathways to Education Canada, Pierre Pagé of Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Yasir Naqvi MPP for Ottawa Centre, celebrate the achievements of the Pathways to Education Ottawa program. (CNW Group/Pathways to Education Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121108_C5154_PHOTO_EN_20373.jpg
SOURCE: Pathways to Education Canada
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