The Pathways Program, founded by the Regent Park Community Health Centre in 2001, is a community-based program that delivers academic tutoring, group mentoring, student and parent advocacy and support, and scholarships for all students who complete high school and get into post-secondary programs. Pathways to Education released today a pro bono evaluation study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) which demonstrates that the six year old program has had a dramatic result in reducing the high school drop-out rate in Regent Park from 56% to 10% and increasing the proportion of young people attending post-secondary education from 20% to 80%.
“The Pathways to Education Program is one of the most successful programs we have found anywhere in North America in enabling youth from low income neighbourhoods to graduate high school and attend college and university”, said David Pecaut, Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group and leader of the study. “The results are dramatic for the students and their families. The payback to society as a whole is also tremendous. Our study calculated the total payback to society from the Pathways Program is a net present value of about $50,000 per student in the program. Based on our analysis, each charitable dollar invested in Pathways will return $25 in future benefits to society.”
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Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization created to reduce poverty and its effects by lowering the high school dropout rate and increasing access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged youth in Canada.
The Pathways Program is now serving 830 students. As a result of its ground-breaking achievements, Pathways is now expanding with local partners to five additional locations in Canada (including Ottawa, Kitchener and Montreal).
Learn more: Pathways To Education
Every time we judge a school on the basis of standardized test score—indeed, every time we permit our children to participate in these mass testing programs—we unwittingly help to make our schools just a little bit worse.
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