Trails Youth Initiatives

We are a unique charity that provides life-long, consistent programming for vulnerable youth. 100% of our youth graduate high school, 100% give back to the community, 75% go on to post-secondary school. Founded in 1992, Trails has over 500 graduates. It costs $1.3 million a year, all raised through private funding.
We foster community, emotional intelligence, and self-knowledge through outdoor experiential education. We focus on growing skills such as conflict resolution, leadership, critical thinking, and reflection. With our focus on transference, participants build a positive engagement with Trails, the outdoors, and their authentic selves. Through equal parts challenge and opportunity, Trails doesn’t aim to just make a difference, we change lives. 

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Trails' "Four Seasons, Four Years, For Life" outdoor programme builds confidence through skill development, high school credits, bursaries and mentorship. We challenge and equip vulnerable youth to become contributing members of the community.

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Graduation 2018

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Graduation is always a special time at Trails, where we celebrate the accomplishments of the Year 4 participants and Leaders-in-Training over their four and five years at Trails.

Frank O'Dea Speaker's Corner Series

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

As a young man, Frank O'Dea was homeless, living on the streets, panhandling for nickels and dimes. Today, he is a celebrated business person. Best known as a founder of The Second Cup, he also was involved in founding a number of other successful international businesses and not-for-profits. Frank Inspires people to achieve inspiring results.

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About the Programme

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

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Our Participants

Our participants come from a variety of diverse and multicultural backgrounds in Toronto.

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Support Trails

Help empower youth to become contributing members in their communities.

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News and Updates

Learn more about what's happening with the Trails programme.