The Pathway of Hope:
Creating a Cycle of Success
The Pathway of Hope are the elements that create a cycle of success and stands as a testament to the reality that no child goes off the rails when someone has cared about his or her wellbeing. The Pathway is providing building blocks to help kids graduate and succeed. Everyday at Start2Finish, stakeholders, staff, donors and volunteers work hard to help kids create their cycle of success.
Step one: The BackPack Program
The Start2Finish Backpack Program provides vital school supplies to thousands of kids who begin the school year without the proper essentials. Each September, Start2Finish, in cooperation with school boards and local administrators, identifies children with the greatest needs in low-income communities across the nation. The program equips students with the tools needed to help “even the playing field” and prepare them for a successful school year and beyond. The S2F Backpack Program distributes backpacks to the most at-risk children in schools nationwide.
Step Two: The Running & Reading Club Program
The Start2Finish Running & Reading Club weekly after-school program is a 32-week companion program to the Backpack Program. It effectively addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among economically challenged children in the communities it services. Start2Finish currently has 33 Running & Reading Club programs successfully operating from coast to coast, with plans to expand to 50 Clubs by 2018.
Step Three: The Junior Coach Program
The Junior Coach Program is designed for Start2Finish alumni who have successfully completed grade school, participated in our programs, and are recommended to us by their principals. The goal of the Junior Coach Program is to help each student continue to build the confidence and ability they have obtained through the Start2Finish Running & Reading Club Program. The program allows each student to gain the aptitude and opportunity to advance, ensuring success at the next level.
Step Four: The Pathway of Hope Scholarship Program
The Pathway of Hope Scholarship Program has been established to offer financial assistance to students in the S2F program continuing their education at a Canadian post-secondary institution. The Start2Finish Pathway of Hope Scholarship is available to graduates from Start2Finish’s programs across Canada who are currently in their final year of high school. Eligible candidates must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
Step Five: THE GIVING BACK
After graduating from our Pathway, the participants are ready to be positive contributors to their communities. They give back with their volunteerism, work experience, and life experiences. As a result of their success, the gap between the haves and the have-nots is narrowed. However, they can not do with this without your help.