Our Mission is to challenge and equip vulnerable youth from at risk areas to become contributing members of the community
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|
|90%||4-year retention rate|
|4+2||Length of program in years|
|20||New students per year|
|31%||$ from Board of Governors|
|24%||$ from Events|
|19%||$ from Corporations|
|0%||$ from Government|
|77%||$ spent of Programming|
I had so many great moments at Trails. The most I enjoyed was the Year 4 Summer Canoe Trip. On that trip I gained so much confidence in myself. I also improved my leadership skills. Trails helped me a lot over the years. I improved so much in school. I got my first 92% in art! I also got an 87% in history which I won an award for, and I got 100% on my culminating project! Trails has pushed me to become a better person in life. I am also so much better at home. I help a lot around the house and my family is really happy! I am so thankful that I am part of Trails, and I am really thankful that I have great people supporting me just like you.
Julia Buckley-Rivero, Wandering Legacies, 2014
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.
Help empower youth to become contributing members in their communities.
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