CAW Funds P2E Pathways to Education

Toronto, Ontario

December 9, 2003

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CAW Funds P2E Pathways To Education
CAW Funds P2E Pathways To Education
dated December 9, 2003

       Toronto, Ontario
December 8, 2003
       The cycle of poverty can be broken and the Pathways to Education program is proving it, according to CAW National President Buzz Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We're taking a whole generation of young people and giving them a real opportunity as opposed to a potential life on welfare or even worse, drugs and jail."

       Hargrove announced that the CAW will donate $300,000 over the next three years, to the P2E program in Regent Park, in downtown Toronto. He said the program proves that young people, given a chance, can break the cycle of poverty, and it is a model other communities should follow.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I think this program has incredible potential for communities that are struggling, in and around the Toronto area, in Ontario and across the country, and also in third world countries.
       There is nothing magic about this program and it is the most efficient use of money that I have ever experienced. It is a recognition that people don't want to live in poverty. People don't want to live in fear or in neighborhoods or communities where fear drives the agenda. They don't want to sell drugs. They don't want to take drugs. They want to contribute. They want to be somebody and this gives them that opportunity."

       Ontario's newly elected Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman applauds the CAW's leadership.

George Smitherman
Ont. Minister of Health & Long-Term Care

       "People have the right to organize in the workplace. And one of the great things is that today we see one of the real demonstrations of the kind of leadership that the union movement can play in society around a commitment to social justice, and here in a community like Regent Park that is a commitment that rings very, very true."        The P2E program is aimed at keeping young people in at-risk situations in school according to Marni Schecter, the program's Director of Development.

Marni Schecter-Taylor
Dir. Development P2E

       "Living in an at-risk situation is complicated. And so, this program has taken a variety of different supports and brought them together. They are offered all at the same time, so that a kid has what they need to get to school, stay in school, graduate and move on to a post secondary program.
       We figure that if we can cut the drop out rate in half and graduate more students than drop out, then we will have broken the cycle of poverty for that child and their family."

       P2E provides tutoring; underwrites the cost of bus fare to school, provides group mentoring and student/parent support. Over 270 young people are in the program. And over 10,000 hours of volunteer tutoring has been supplied by York University, Toronto District School Board and University of Toronto students.

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