A donation of $100,000 would go towards The Four Seasons, Four Years, For Life program which is an outdoor, experiential education program for vulnerable youth from Toronto's at-risk communities. Training through the outdoors, Trails emphasizes growing and strengthening skills such as non-violent communication, conflict resolution, leadership, critical thinking, goal setting, stress management and reflection. With a focus on transference, participants build a positive engagement with the community, the outdoors, their peers and their authentic selves.
Starting at the age of 12, participants attend Trails for at least four years, with an optional fifth Leader-in-Training year. Our youth live in the highest risk and lowest income areas in the city. Our youth face a wide range of barriers, including race, single-parent families, recent immigrant families, educational challenges and exposure to risk factors including poverty, violence, poor education, low physical and mental health, lack of family support and isolated communities.
Trails was built on the belief that all youth—especially those facing barriers based on race, income, education and neighbourhood—benefit from a long-term consistent approach to engagement, one that uses outdoor experiential learning to cultivate leadership, resilience, and conflict resolution, as well as physical and mental wellness. Our mission is to challenge and equip vulnerable youth from at-risk areas of Toronto to become contributing members of the community.