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At Pathways to Education Kingston, we believe in empowering youth with tools to succeed in school, work and life through participation in meaningful programming and building relationships. We provide academic support after school, (currently running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) which includes access to technology, and tutoring in all subjects.

The goal of our staff is to act as a network of caring, consistent, unconditionally supportive adults in addition to family, friends, and school staff.

Eligibility

All high school students who live in the catchment area are eligible to register for the program. The boundaries of the catchment area are Conacher Drive South to Raglan Road and Division Street East to the Cataraqui River.

All streets in blue print are considered to be a part of the catchment area

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?

All students who are registered in high school and live in the catchment area are eligible. Please see details of the catchment area above. The registration package must be completed in order to participate. Staff will assist families in completing the package.

Are there any restrictions as to who can participate? (e.g. income cutoff, minimum or maximum grades)

No – as long as you meet the criteria above, you can participate in the Pathways to Education Kingston Program.

I live in the catchment area, but go to school elsewhere in Kingston. Am I still eligible?

Yes – Eligibility is determined based on where you live, not which school you go to. While most of our students attend classes at KSS or Regiopolis-Notre Dame, a small number go to other schools such as LCVI and La Salle Secondary School.

How do I register in the program?

Contact us by phone (613.507.7107×2107) or email ([email protected]). We’ll set up an appointment to go through the registration process, which takes about 30 minutes. There are forms for both the student and parent/legal guardian to sign, so we ask that both come to register. The student also needs to bring his or her health card.

I participated in Pathways to Education Kingston last year – do I need to re-register this year?

Yes, all students are required to re-register each year to make sure our records stay current. The re-registration package is much more brief than the initial registration package.

I’m entering grade 10 this year, but wasn’t registered in Pathways to Education last year. Can I still join?

Yes – Eligible students can register at any time, including part way through the school year. Please note that in order to receive the $500 bursary, students do need to participate for at least two years. Further details regarding the bursary can be provided by staff.

When is tutoring available?

Tutoring in all subjects is available at our after school programming which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at Weller Avenue, and Wednesdays at the Katarokwi Learning Centre (38 Cowdy St). Additional academic support can be provided if needed. Students can contact their GRAD Connector for further details.

Why are GRAD Connectors (formally known as Student Parent Support Workers/SPSWs) important?

GRAD stands for Guidance, Relationships, Advocacy and Development which are the main focuses of the staff in these positions. They will work closely with the students, parents, and school staff to ensure that our students have what they need to achieve academic success in high school. The support and guidance provided by staff hopes to empower students and parents to make important decisions with increased confidence and better information.

Why is financial support important for our program?

It is clear that a student’s attendance in class is directly related to the grades they receive. Pathways to Education Kingston distributes grocery gift cards to ensure that students are able to eat while at school or at home.

Also, the increasing cost of post-secondary education can also be an obstacle for many youth. Pathways to Education Kingston offers a bursary for every year you participate in our program, as a financial incentive for you to complete high school and pursue the post-secondary program of your choice. The incentive is $500 per year (once two consecutive years in the program have been completed), up to four years and $2,000.

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Email: [email protected]

Call: 613-507-7104, ext 2107

Text: 613-583-0308

Our core programming is afterschool academic support, but we also offer programming which focusses on experience based learning and enhancing our students’ engagement with the community

Programs

Outdoor Academy

The outdoor academy program offers students to explore outdoor spaces in the Kingston area. The program focuses on hands-on learning and readiness. Activities include preparing for their annual camping trip, going for hikes, and interactive experiences such as going to the sugar shack to learn about the process of tapping trees to create maple syrup. These experiences allow for students to develop a connection to the community while fostering a passion for exploration.

Pathways Chef

 Pathways Chef is a bi-weekly cooking program which provides students with ingredients to prepare a meal for a family of four. Students are welcome to participate in person or virtually, as the instructional session are streamed to allow them to participate with their families. Students collaborate in the preparation of the meal kits and developing the menu. It allows them to have positive memories around food preparation, inspiring a healthy lifestyle and creativity in the kitchen!

Climate Resilience

The Climate Resilience Program is a new and exciting program at Pathways to Education Kingston! Students have the opportunity to learn about their community and environment through various hands-on and engaging activities such as neighbourhood mapping of Rideau Heights and Community Garden work with Loving Spoonful.

Y.M.C.A

The YMCA of Kingston and Pathways to Education have had a longstanding partnership to provide recreation access to youth in our community to create a healthy spirit, mind and body. The YMCA has become a core program through Pathways to Education as it fosters positive relationships, physical literacy, promotes mental and physical well being for individuals and encompasses  Pathways’ goals using the social determinants of health. Pathways is proud to have this partnership with the YMCA and to get one set closer to building a healthy Canada


Pathways to Education Kingston gathered information within the Kingston Community to evaluate the success of its program. You can see a detailed report of the conducted research here:

F.A.R (Facilitator of Alumni Relations) Program

The Facilitator of Alumni Relations was a program and position developed to help support graduates from the Pathways to Education Kingston program through the difficult transition to post-secondary education, training, or meaningful employment.

Pathways to Education Kingston began in 2010 and served to bring high school graduation rates from half of the provincial average to on or above the provincial average.  This however, was not enough.  Graduating students struggled to transition to post-secondary education.  The Kingston Pathways team piloted a program outside of their core mission to support students by facilitating their transition with a hand up in navigating this world where they did not have previous experience nor access to those with previous experience.  The pilot has proven to be successful and has led to more than a doubling of retention rates in the post-secondary education experience. As of 2022, 66% of Pathways to Education Kingston graduates have engaged with F.A.R. for support.

As F.A.R. is outside the scope of Pathways Canada funding, the program is made possible through a series of non-renewable grants, and most recently by a three-year Rotary Global Grant which pays for the facilitator resourcing to enable the students to successfully navigate the various barriers that they encounter. The success of the program thus far would not have been possible without the incredibly generous support of Rotary both here in Kingston, and Rotary International.

The impact of this initiative is twofold; firstly, to provide valuable support to individuals to develop to their potential, and secondly, to enable the community to develop the talent that the community needs to succeed in our competitive, fast moving world – a component of economic development for our city. 

F.A.R. targets this very important component of the journey to break the poverty cycle through education. In order to continue this meaningful work, our fundraising cabinet has established the F.A.R. Fund. Contributions to the Fund will continue to support graduates of our program for years to come. 

Now it is up to the Kingston community to support this investment in our youth.  We cannot afford to have students succeed to high school graduation only to fall off in their next transition especially when we have a demonstrated successful program.  The Kingston community cannot afford to have this promising talent go undeveloped when our community is experiencing a shortage of educated resources and we cannot afford to have talent unnecessarily stuck in the cycle of poverty when education holds the key to breaking that cycle.

Invest by giving to the F.A.R. Fund at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/41119 or hit our Donate button. For further information about the F.A.R. Program, contact Logan Jackson, Researcher Team Lead and Facilitator of Alumni Relations at 613.583.0384, [email protected]

Pathways to Education Kingston Alumni/Supporter Story

The F.A.R. Program is made possible by the following partners


Pathways to Education Kingston

4 – 263 Weller Avenue

Kingston, Ontario

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(613) 507.7107 x2107

[email protected]

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