Pathways to Education - FULL

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 communities in Vancouver and the Whalley and Guildford communities in Surrey. It seeks to address barriers to success in high school by providing youth with social, academic, financial and advocacy supports. We work in partnership with local community organizations, schools and service providers to deliver the most effective supports for the youth in our program.

Pathways to Education™ provide at no cost…Key supports to ensure that youth 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.

Read more about Pathways to Education here.

What you'll do


  • Provide academic support to students grade 8-12, in small groups or one-to-one in core subjects (eg. Math, English, Science, Social Sciences).

  • Opportunities to 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.

Vancouver Tutoring:

  • Mondays: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre)
  • Mondays: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Strathcona Community Centre)
  • Tuesdays: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Strathcona Community Centre)
  • Wednesdays:  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre)
  • Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Strathcona Community Centre)
  • Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Strathcona Community Centre)

Vancouver Mentoring: 

  • Tuesdays: TBD but anticipated time frame 4:00pm-8:30pm (Strathcona Community Centre)
  • Wednesday: TBD but anticipated time frame 4:00pm-8:30pm (Strathcona Community Centre)
  • Thursdays: TBD but anticipated time frame 4:00pm-8:30pm (Strathcona Community Centre)

Surrey Tutoring:

  • Mondays: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Kwantlen Park)
  • Mondays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Whalley)
  • Tuesdays: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Guildford Park)
  • Tuesdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (City Centre Library)
  • Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Kwantlen Park)
  • Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Guildford Park)

Surrey Mentoring:

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Guildford or Whalley)
  • Wednesday: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Guildford or Whalley)


Vancouver Locations:

Ray Cam Co-Operative Centre
920 East Hastings, Vancouver
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Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer Street, Vancouver
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Surrey Locations:

Kwantlen Park Secondary School
10441 132 St, Surrey
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Guilford Park Secondary School
10707-146 Street, Surrey
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Surrey City Centre Public Library
10350 University Dr, Surrey
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