/R E P E A T -- Media Invitation - A Joint Commitment to School Perseverance/

The YMCAs of Québec, in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, to open a new Pathways to Education site in Pointe-Saint-Charles

MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the 2014 Hooked on School Days, The YMCAs of Québec and Pathways to Education are inviting members of the media to the official launch of their Pointe-Saint-Charles site in the presence of Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Alcan.

A first-time collaboration between The YMCAs of Québec and Pathways to Education, the new point of service was made possible by Rio Tinto Alcan's continued support. In fact, it is the third Québec program site sponsored by the company. Founded in 2001 in Toronto, Pathways operates in 14 communities across Canada. While Canada's average high school dropout rates range between 25 and 30 percent, those rates can easily double in low-income communities. Breaking the barriers of poverty to build a graduation nation, Pathways to Education works closely with communities and school boards to provide after-school tutoring, mentoring, individual support and financial assistance.

The launch will be a unique opportunity to learn more about Pathways to Education's highly acclaimed school perseverance program. Proven to lower dropout rates, the program is already a resounding success across Canada, with results in recent years that continue to far exceed early hopes to reduce the dropout rate. Thanks to Pathways to Education, high school graduation rates have more than doubled and the number of students going on to post-secondary education has increased by 300 percent.


WHAT: Official launch of the Pathways to Education Pointe-Saint-Charles point of service
WHEN: Friday, February 14, 2014
  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (a light breakfast will be served)
WHERE: 2532 Centre Street (Charlevoix Metro), Pointe-Saint-Charles
WHO: Vivian Prokop, President and CEO, Pathways to Education Canada
  Pierre Côté, President and Executive Director, Pathways to Education Québec
  Stéphane Vaillancourt, President and CEO, The YMCAs of Québec
  Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Alcan
  Robert Stocker, Director General, English Montreal School Board
  Andrée Mayer-Périard, Executive Director, Montreal Hooked on School
  Martine Ménard, Pathways to Education Québec alumni




For further information:

Charles Durivage/Camille Lemay
Morin Public Relations
514 289-8688, ext. 227/229

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