Pathways to Education
The Pathways to Education program, delivered through Pacific Community Resources Society, aims to enhance educational success and supports youth living in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona community to successfully graduate from high school and transition into post-secondary education, training or employment. The high school graduation rate for the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver, including the Downtown Eastside, is lower than the provincial average and the lowest of all Vancouver communities. According to the most recent census data only 41 percent of young adults (20-34) in Strathcona have a high school diploma. Working in partnership with community partners, local schools, school boards, and many diverse volunteers, Pathways to Education is helping to break the cycle of poverty through education and support strategic, long-term social change. Pathways to Education's innovative community-based program provides free academic, social, financial, and individualized supports to youth, including: Tutoring and academic support; Mentoring and social activities; One-on-one educational and social support; Bus tickets and grocery cards; Positive relationships with adult role models; and Scholarships for post-secondary education and training. The results of this unique Program have been ground breaking, increasing high school graduation rates by an average of 85 per cent in 20 communities across Canada, with 75% of all Pathways students successfully transitioning to post-secondary education.