Lucas Cooper

Trails creates opportunities for vulnerable youth from the Greater Toronto Area to learn and grow through experiences in the outdoors. Trails focuses on meaningful change over a long period of time, building trust and relationships between all of those involved in the Trails community. This long term commitment to the participants is one of the attributes that truly sets this program apart. Participants spend five years creating community, learning and growing together. This model of delivery allows participants to build meaningful relationships, gain progressive skills that are transferable beyond the backcountry into their everyday lives, andexperience safe adventure through many scaffolded experiences.

Lucas Cooper, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Services, Centennial College