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    Through a longitudinal approach, Trails focuses on creating lasting change in youth.

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Our impact in numbers

  • 500+

    Graduates since 1992

  • 99%

    of our youth graduate high school (compared to a 50% drop out rate of peers)

  • 72%

    of our youth go on to post-secondary school

  • 1.5M

    the cost per year, all raised through private funding

Trails provides life-long, consistent programming for vulnerable youth.

Our mission is to challenge and equip vulnerable youth from at-risk areas to become contributing members of the community. The “Four Seasons, Four Years, For Life” outdoor program builds confidence through skill development, high school credits, bursaries and mentorship.

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Who we are

About Trails

Trails was built on the belief that all youth — especially those facing barriers based on race, income, education and neighbourhood — benefit from a long-term, consistent approach to engagement, one that uses outdoor experiential learning to teach leadership, resiliency, and conflict resolution, as well as physical and mental wellness. Racialized youth and those from single-parent families are three times more likely to drop out of high school and 55% of students from low-income groups do not

apply for post-secondary education, yet Trails participants have a 100% high school graduation rate and 72% pursue post-secondary education with the help of Trails’ bursary and mentorship program.

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Program overview

The Trails Program

Through a long-term commitment, Trails focuses on creating lasting change. Each element builds on the success of the previous element; each year builds on the previous year; each component is transferable to day-to-day life: at home, in school and the community.

  • Year I: Trust

    Participants arrive nervous and curious, and build trust with one another and their staff team as they are introduced to the “Trails Way.”

  • Year II: Self-Confidence

    Kids are impelled into more intense challenges and experiences.

  • Year III: Consistency

    The program unfolds teaching transferable skills and building relevant knowledge.

  • Year IV: Commitment

    Participants are ready to spread their wings and become contributing members of the community.

  • Year V: Contribution (LIT)

    With their increased skills, knowledge and confidence, their horizons expand and they transfer their learnings to younger participants.

  • Year VI: Engagement (FIT)

    Graduates interested and capable of creating change have the opportunity for employment with paid intern positions at Trails.

  • For Life

    Graduates of the Trails program are further supported with mentorship, post-secondary education bursaries and career connections.

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