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.
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.
Published by Maclean's, Trails ranked 2nd in the youth category and 4th overall of Canada's Best Charities. The Canada's Best Charities 2020 list helps Canadians evaluate where to allocate charity contributions. Our inclusion on this highly respected list validates Trails impact with a 95% grade. The Charity Intelligence assessment investigates financial metrics and transparency, rewarding those with the most effective use of donations.
I am a participant in year 5 (LIT) and before I came to Trails, I was very lost. I didn’t know my strengths and dwelled on my weaknesses and lacked goals and work ethic. Being at Trails gave me an opportunity to learn about myself and become a better well-rounded individual who is more goal-oriented. Without Trails, I highly doubt that I would be striving to have a profession in psychology or pediatric nursing. Thank you for being the reason I’ve been given the opportunity to better myself and experience new things.
Quelsey Fuller, Year 5 Leader-in-Training Participant
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.
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