Each year Trails welcomes 20 new youth to embark on their four-year journey (10 boys & 10 girls). In addition, an optional fifth year is offered with the Leadership-in-Training (LIT) programme, where participants have the opportunity to further develop leadership and life skills. Thus Trails supports a total of 88 youth each year.
Over 90% of our youth complete high school and go on to attend post-secondary education.
In 2001, Trails was granted permission to administer high school credits as a Privately Inspected School by the Ministry of Education. If a student remains in our programme for the full five years, they have the opportunity to accumulate 4 credits in outdoor education:
Our programme objectives are to instill practical skills, relevant knowledge and the self-confidence to use them. Through ongoing evaluation we consistently measure our lasting impacts:
The strategies used are varied to meet the needs and the range of learning styles encountered in a group of students and include the following:
Limberlost Wildlife and Nature Reserve, near Huntsville, is Trails’ Northern site for special purpose trips. This campus provides exposure to nature and builds confidence, the ability to adapt, and development long-standing values.
Students who are vulnerable have a variety of risk factors in their lives, and lack the necessary skills to navigate through the school system are in need of extra support. Students at Trails are taught the skills needed to become functioning members of their communities.
Through the Outreach programme at Trails, we will create an equitable and personally challenging environment that fosters healing, growth, and academic engagement. Our goal is to nurture healthy individuals through intervention and healing practices in nature. Critical thinking skills, leadership, resiliency, mental, physical and emotional health will be promoted to support a strong student voice.
Trails works with various schools, creating a curriculum that is based on the Trails model. Students will travel to Trails Youth Initiatives a minimum of five times throughout the school year. They will have the opportunity to engage in seasonal outdoor activities and other workshops that promote well-being.
Sample Programme Activies
York Catholic District School Board: St. Thomas Aquinas, Father Henri Nouwen St. Clare, Blessed Trinity and St. John Chrysostom
York Region District School Board: Fairwood PS, Jersey PS, and Lakeview