Pathways to Education – Scarborough Village

Pathways to Education – Scarborough Village        Pathways 

YouthLink is proud to offer the award-winning Pathways to Education program to high school students living in Scarborough Village. Every year we support hundreds of young people across the 4 grades of high school in completing their studies. Our shared aim is that they graduate from high school and move on to university, college, a training program or a job!

Since our launch here in 2009, our YouthLink Pathways staff have been working alongside different teachers, Boards of Education and community members. Together, through after-school tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance, we are removing barriers to educational attainment among the students in this program.

For more information on the national Pathways to Education program, click HERE.


Where does YouthLink’s Pathways Scarborough Village program take place?

You’ll find YouthLink’s Pathways to Education office at 1 – 3545 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1M 1R6 (Markham and Kingston Road, SE corner, behind the medical building.)

Our phone number is 647-351-0091 and fax number is 647-351-0092.

Our office is open from 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9am until 5pm on Fridays.


What does the program offer to high school students?

To help you succeed, we offer:

Academic supports: Free tutoring 4 nights a week in the five core subjects;

Social supports: One-to-one mentoring to Grade 9 to 12 students; group mentoring to Grade 9 and 10 students; and specialty and career mentoring to Grade 11 and 12 students;

Advocacy supports: The help of our Student Parent Support Workers in connecting other youth, parents, school administrators, teachers and community agencies to help you succeed; and

Financial supports: Immediate financial support(s) such as bus tickets to help with school attendance. Post-secondary education bursaries are also available, depending on funding availability and your participation in the program for at least 2 full years.


Can I apply for the program?

The YouthLink Pathways program is free to participants. To be eligible you must:

  • Have been born in 2001 or later,
  • Be entering grade 9, 10 or 11, and
  • Live in one of the buildings listed HERE.

What doesn’t matter is the school you go to so long as it is in Toronto, your grades or your income.


How do I get into the program?

Step 1: Pre-register by calling 647-351-0091 ext. 221 or visit our office located at 3545 Kingston Road, Unit 1.

  • As the student or the parent/ guardian(s) of the student, simply call the Pathways office to let us know you are interested. You may also make an appointment to discuss the program with one of our staff, so long as it is during our registration time from April to September.

Step 2: Register in person. For that, you will need to bring and show us proof of your address.

  • Registration takes place once a year, from April to the end of September.

Step 3:  Re-register every year until you complete high school.


Can I volunteer to help with the program?

You certainly can: if you’re 18 years of age or older, in a post-secondary program, working or retired, and can supply a valid police reference check. If that’s you, then read on!

The YouthLink Pathways to Education Program requires skilled and committed volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors.

  • If you are still in school, it’s a great opportunity to get volunteer hours and develop leadership and communication skills.
  • If you’re in the workforce or retired, it will make use of your hard-won knowledge and experience. In any case, training is available for both one-on-one and group tutoring positions.

Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and help YouthLink to provide support and guidance to young people in making positive life choices.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in this program, please contact the following people and let know them your area of interest and expertise

*To be a volunteer you must be over 18 years of age and complete a clear criminal reference check.


For complete general information or more program information, please contact:

Michelle Dewsnap, 647-351-0091 x 221. or


For non-program questions or to share any concerns, please contact:

Ronni Gorman, Senior Program Manager, 647-351-0091 x 222,


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