Pathways to Education

About the organization

The primary goal of the Pathways to Education ProgramTM is to enhance the educational success of youth living in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona community. It seeks to address barriers to success in high school by providing youth with social, academic, financial and advocacy supports. The Pathways program is one element of the community-driven Our Place Graduation Strategy, a place-based approach to improving the educational success of children and youth living in the Inner City. The Strategy has brought together partners from the health, education, and social services sector, working collaboratively “to provide the necessary supports and services to children and families in order to ensure that the child will graduate from high school”.

Pathways to Education™ provide at no cost…Key supports to ensure that youth living in Strathcona area will successfully complete high school, continue on to post-secondary programs and become actively engaged in their career development. Pathways strives to increase the academic retention, attainment and success for high school students by closing the opportunity gap.

What you'll do


  • Provide academic support to students in grades 8-10 in small groups or one-to-one in core subjects (eg. Math, English, Science, Social Sciences).

  • Opportunities to lead activities they are comfortable with and engage youth in literacy and numeracy activities.

Group Mentoring

  • Provide social/emotional support to secondary students through participating in inclusive and engaging mentoring group/ individual activities

  • Work with other mentors in groups

  • Opportunities to utilise skills and lead/ facilitate a group session

What you’ll get out of this experience

Volunteers will engage in an incredibly rewarding experience and the opportunity to

  • support youth living in inner city communities graduate high-school and continue to post-secondary education
  • contribute to the community at large through innovative, place based programming
  • explore a new career and increase practical skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, facilitation, communication, leadership and teamwork
  • participate in free training opportunities
  • grow personally and meet new people
  • ongoing support and guidance from a dynamic team
  • letter of reference after successful completion of commitment


  • Complete the volunteer application form
  • Participate in volunteer screening
  • Pass a vulnerable sector criminal background check
  • Provide references
  • Attend the mandatory training sessions required
  • Commit for at least three hours per week on a regular basis for a minimum of one school year 


  • Be serious about their volunteer commitment
  • Be patient, respectful and act within the boundaries outlined in their role description
  • Have energy and enthusiasm
  • Be comfortable supporting youth in academic subjects or group mentoring activities
  • Possess a desire to make a difference in someone’s life!


Pathways runs until the end of the school term in June, so please note your willingness to stay on past the university academic year in your Trek Program application.


  • Mondays: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm or 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm or 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm or 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm or 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


  • Tuesdays: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Ray Cam Community Centre
920 East Hastings 

Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer Street 

Britannia Secondary School

1001 Cotton Dr