Our mission is to challenge and equip vulnerable youth to become contributing members of the community. The "Four Seasons, Four Years, For Life" programme is a unique, outdoor, adventure-based programme that supports youth in Toronto through experiential learning, skill development, high school credits, bursaries and mentorship.
Every year thousands of vulnerable Toronto youth do not get a chance to realize their potential. They are consistently challenged by a combination of barriers stemming from their circumstances. By no fault of their own they are at risk of not achieving positive life outcomes and are most vulnerable to violence, poverty, and crime.
At Trails we strive to ensure youth can pursue their hopes, dreams, and aspirations, free of barriers based on race, gender, economic status, or geography, so that they can achieve success and meaningfully contribute to their community.
We believe that early intervention, the right amount of guidance, support, and structure can change everything. Trails is about prevention: helping our participants identify their strengths and imbuing them with a desire to complete high school, seek further education and/or productive careers, and to contribute to their community.
|1992||Became a registered charity|
|1997||Opened camp in Whitchurch-Stoufville|
|90%||4-year retention rate|
|4+2||Length of programme in years|
|40||New students per year|
|31%||$ from Board of Governors|
|24%||$ from Events|
|19%||$ from Corporations|
|0%||$ from Government|
|77%||$ spent of Programming|
I am a participant in year 5 (LIT) and before I came to Trails, I was very lost. I didn’t know my strengths and dwelled on my weaknesses and lacked goals and work ethic. Being at Trails gave me an opportunity to learn about myself and become a better well-rounded individual who is more goal-oriented. Without Trails, I highly doubt that I would be striving to have a profession in psychology or pediatric nursing. Thank you for being the reason I’ve been given the opportunity to better myself and experience new things.
Quelsey Fuller, Year 5 Leader-in-Training Participant
Through a longitudinal approach, Trails focuses on creating lasting change in youths.
Our participants come from a variety of diverse and multicultural backgrounds in Toronto.
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