Pathways Thunder Bay respectfully acknowledges that the lands on which we live and work are the traditional lands of the Anishinabek Nation and the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850.
Pathways Thunder Bay is a unique community-based program designed to increase high school graduation rates by offering strategic programs, financial incentives and advocacy to help registered students graduate and successfully transition to post - secondary education, training or meaningful employment.
Over the past five years the Regional Multicultural Youth Centre, and Youth Council, (RMYC), programs of Multicultural Association of Northwestern Ontario, have been committed to creating spaces for Indigenous high school students in Thunder Bay to share their needs, wants and ideas to help them find greater success in school, close the education gap facing Indigenous students and increase the opportunities for students in Thunder Bay to graduate high school.
Collectively, and loudly, these students (and their families) called for an additional after school tutoring, mentoring, leadership, and cultural program opportunities. They determined a program such as Pathways to Education would be valuable to them, and their relations.
Supported by and working in partnership with Pathways Canada, the RMYC youth members, supported by adult allies, hosted events and student gatherings collecting the feedback of hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, led paid summer youth employment programs and mapped out what existing supports were available for Indigenous youth, led workshops, food sharing and cooking programs, and piloted a tutoring program in the build-up to where we are today, ready to launch.
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Mentorship from community members, leadership from the RMYC Executive Youth Council and cultural programming delivered by Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the community.
These focus on identity, purpose, and belonging to help our students rise up and succeed!
We offer regular incentives to help our registered students get through the day to day stuff. This can include incentives for their families.
Upon successful completion of each academic year, a contribution is made to their scholarship account available to them upon graduation.
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