Pathways to Education to Encourage Low-Income Canada Students

10 June, 2016

Pathways to Education to Encourage Low-Income Canada Students

New Found Land’s City St. Johns will have the national organization that works for uplifting the students who are economically weak and desirous to complete the education. The group works for raising the graduates’ rate in the selected neighborhoods of the St. Johns city.

Pathways to education a national organization in collaboration with the Teen Resource Centre will help Grade 9 students in the Waterloo Village and the Southern end region of the city.

The after school program is exclusively designed to help low-income students complete their education.

The Program Manager Doyle said, "Success at school isn't just about what's going on at school, there can be a lot of different things [going on] in their lives, so we provide the supports that address all the issues that could be making school challenging."

Pathways to Education offer qualified students with scholarships, financial help, and requisite guidance.

Doyle Said "We help try to break down financial barriers youth might experience … bus passes they may need to access employment opportunities that aren't in their community, or gift cards for the grocery store if access to adequate nutrition is an issue,"

"Maybe it's helping pay for sport fees for a team or club they want to join … The more positive, social experiences we can give to youth, the more well-developed we can allow them to become as they get older."

Pathways have been working across Canada with 17 communities and it is new to the Saint John’s in New Found land province of Canada.

The program manager said that high school graduation rate increased by 75 percent, those who were trained in the pathways education.

"Not only are we having an impact on youth getting through high school … but [we're] helping them access post-secondary education, which we know is so important for being able to access employability," said Doyle.

The poverty rate in the St. Johns Waterloo and the south end is over 30 percent, and the child poverty rate is 49.5 percent.

The Survey conducted in the region revealed that the youth can acknowledge the social issues of the neighborhood. They feel that significant barriers hinder them from studying further.

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