Trails Youth Initiatives

Trails Youth Initiatives

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Trails Youth Initiatives

15599 Warden Ave

Stouffville, Ontario L4A2M9


Mission and Goals

To challenge and equip vulnerable youth from the inner city to become contributing members of their communities.

For 20 years, Trails has helped over 1,000 youth from the inner-city of Toronto realize their potential. Our unique approach of focusing on a adolescent’s long-term development, over the course of 4 years provides vulnerable youth with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become contributing members of their community. We believe in focusing on the segment of youth who are caught in the middle – not the academics or those already in trouble, instead those who face a questionable and uncertain future because they are ill-prepared, lack support systems and confidence.

Every Trails’ student receives year-round support, through one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer, at our site in Newmarket. We use an integrative and holistic approach to intervention, including experiential based learning, outdoor activities, yoga and mindfulness, where focus is on changing the exterior landscape from the inside out. Our participants receive consistency, a stable environment and mentorship. Over the course of 4 years (with an optional 5th year leadership training program) youth receive the benefit of a support system that sets the foundation for the rest of their lives.

Over the course of 4 years, our youth receive a chance to make mistakes and to tackle the thorny issues of adolescence in a place where compassionate adults provide opportunities for them to discover their innate abilities.

What will your investment achieve?

How Your Contribution Helps

We take great pride in knowing that the 4 year Trails Model and the curriculum we’ve developed produces lasting results. And we have proof that we are on the right track - 90% of youth who have gone through the Trails programme go on to post-secondary education compared to only 10% of their peer group. YOU can help make a big difference in the lives of vulnerable youth in Toronto.


What I’ve have learned at Trails: "Working at Trails this summer as an Intern gave me the opportunity to give back to my community. Throughout my stay I learned how the staff teach the participants how to build an environment that is physical and emotionally safe, fun with a purpose and also establish their roots and wings. These were common practices that were taught to me when I was a participant. During my internship I understood why it was important to have these mottos. Trails' goal is to challenge the staff and participants in a healthy manner and as an Intern I had the chance to better my organization skills, interpersonal skills with staff and participants and learned the meaning of being accountable at all times. These are all skills that I will need for the rest of my life and thanks you and the funds for this Internship I got a taste of the real world.”
Seanice Dennis

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