Helping More Students Stay In School, Graduate And Find Success

    McGuinty Government Joins With United Way To Expand Successful
    Pathways To Education Program To More Communities

    TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today said his
government is helping more young people stay in school and build a brighter
future by expanding the government's support for the successful Pathways to
Education program.
    "We need every one of our students at their best - so they can succeed
and continue to move Ontario forward," said Premier McGuinty. "Pathways to
Education has been achieving outstanding results for young people in Regent
Park - we're proud to work with them to engage more youth in more
    Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable foundation that helps reduce
poverty by lowering the dropout rate and increasing access to postsecondary
education among disadvantaged young people. The program was developed by the
Regent Park Community Health Centre in 2001, where it has significantly
reduced dropout rates, increased graduation rates and boosted postsecondary
    "This investment will directly help more students graduate from high
school and move on to university, college and apprenticeship placements," said
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "The Pathways program is another way
Ontario will reach our target of having 85 per cent of our students
    The McGuinty government has made a commitment to provide $19 million over
four years to expand the Pathways to Education program. Today, the government
is acting on this commitment, beginning with $2.3 million in 2007-08.
    This investment is in addition to a $10-million contribution from the
United Way. This will allow the program to expand in four communities -
Lawrence Heights and Rexdale in Toronto, and neighbourhoods in Kitchener and
    "This investment is a tribute to the success of the Pathways program and
will provide tremendous economic benefits to Ontario," said Carolyn Acker,
Executive Director of Pathways to Education Canada. "It holds tremendous
potential to improve the lives of thousands of young people in communities
across the province."
    "For United Way, the United Way/Pathways partnership is an opportunity to
participate in one of the most successful community-based youth and
educational attainment initiatives in North America," said Frances Lankin,
President and CEO of United Way of Greater Toronto. "The partnership will also
provide both organizations with the opportunity to increase the impact on
these communities and to continue to learn from existing activities to support
youth across Toronto."
    "Our government believes that the best way to build a stronger Ontario is
to invest in our people - and that will continue to be the focus of all our
actions as we move forward," said Premier McGuinty. "By continuing to work
together, and lift one another up, Ontarians are sending a message that is
clear, proud and strong. We believe in each other and, together, we will build
prosperity for all."

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