Ontario students commend provincial government investments in early outreach

    TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
is pleased to see the provincial government significantly increase funding for
the Pathways to Education early outreach program. The six year old program has
had a dramatic result in reducing the high school drop-out rate in Regent Park
from 56% to 10% and increasing the proportion of young people attending
post-secondary education from 20% to 80%.
    Today, the provincial government followed through on its commitment to
provide $19 million over four years to expand the Pathways to Education
program. This will enable the program to expand in four communities - Lawrence
Heights and Rexdale in Toronto, and neighbourhoods in Kitchener and Ottawa.
    In its recent policy paper Early Outreach Programs: Reaching Out Early to
Reach Higher, OUSA stressed the importance of reaching out to Ontario's youth
at an earlier age in order to improve access and student success within the
post-secondary education system. OUSA is pleased to see the success of
Pathways in enabling youth from low income communities to graduate from high
school and attend college and university.
    "The government is recognizing that broader access strategies are needed
when tackling the challenges facing youth in our province. This
acknowledgement carries the benefit of empowering individuals - programs like
Pathways provide measurable and substantial success indicators. As a result,
program expansion within Toronto, Kitchener, and Ottawa provide a sense of
promise for Ontario," said David Simmonds, President of OUSA. Simmonds added,
"Ideally, OUSA would like to see the provincial government establish an
arms-length not-for-profit Foundation with an endowment to sufficiently fund
and support early outreach programs across Ontario." For more information on
OUSA's policy, please visit (less
than)http://www.ousa.ca/ohttp:/www.ousa.ca/(greater than) www.ousa.ca.

    OUSA represents the interests of over 125,000 professional and
undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at seven
institutions across the province.

For further information:

For further information: David Simmonds, President, OUSA, (416)
341-9948; Chris Locke, Executive Director, OUSA, (416) 341-9948

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