We’re pleased to announce that 2024 will be our fourteenth year of supporting the Trails Youth Initiatives.

Trails Youth Initiatives



Since 1992 we have helped over 1,000 youth from the inner-city of Toronto realize their potential. Our unique approach of focusing on an 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.

We believe this is where we have the greatest impact and over the past 18 years we’ve proven exactly that.


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.


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.

At Trails, we have ambitious goals to help youth who have all the odds stacked against them realize their potential and become contributing leaders of their communities. Our work is far from complete and we can’t do it without the generous support of our volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors. Let’s talk about how YOU can help make a big difference in the lives of vulnerable youth in Toronto.

We would love to hear from you:admin@trails.ca www.trails.ca