Distinguished youth advocate and former banker sets her sights on
building a Graduation Nation
TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The board of directors of Pathways to
Education Canada, an organization that is reducing high school dropout
rates in low-income communities, is pleased to announce the appointment
of Vivian Prokop as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Prokop, who spent the past 10 years as CEO of the Canadian Youth
Business Foundation (CYBF), is a passionate advocate for young people
and has earned an international reputation as an authority in
developing programs that unleash the potential of youth in Canada and
"Vivian has a terrific track record of providing youth with the skills
and encouragement that inspire them to thrive and to become leaders in
their communities," says Samuel Duboc, chairman of Pathways to
Education Canada. "Her knowledge and experience is perfectly tailored
to our objective of helping thousands of youth in low-income Canadian
communities embrace education and excel in their lives."
During her 10-year tenure, Ms. Prokop grew CYBF by 1,200 per cent,
raising more than $100 million to develop and implement a suite of
world-class programs such as one-on-one mentoring and access to seed
capital, supporting the launch of 5,000 youth-led businesses and the
creation of 20,000 jobs. She also represented Canada in more than a
dozen international summits and was the founding chair of the G20 Young
Entrepreneur Alliance. Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, she
spent 17 years in the banking industry, including leading CIBC's small
business strategy unit.
Pathways works one-on-one with youth, many from single-parent households
or new immigrant families, to provide the encouragement, mentoring and
financial support that others can take for granted. With programs in 13
communities and growing, the ultimate goal is to build a Graduation
Nation, one where young people reach their potential and help their
families, communities and country prosper.
"To succeed in life, we all need people who believe in us, role models
and mentors who give us the support and confidence we need to do great
things," says Ms. Prokop. "For many young people living in low-income
communities, they rely on Pathways for this support. Our programs are
delivering proven results, but we must continue investing in our youth.
Our future depends on it."
Ms. Prokop's contribution to youth development in Canada and abroad has
earned her numerous awards, including the 2013 Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Medal and the prestigious WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100
Award, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She is a board member of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police Foundation, The Empire Club of Canada and is on
the Advisory Board of Young Diplomats.
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. The
Pathways program addresses systemic barriers to education by providing
academic, social and financial supports proven to lower dropout rates.
Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in 13 communities across Canada,
with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
The first Canadian organization to be recognized with the World
Innovation Summit for Education Award (WISE) for its innovative and
effective work in education, Pathways plans to expand nationally and
leverage its knowledge to serve more students across the country.
SOURCE: Pathways to Education Canada
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