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The Priority Neighborhood Access Initiative is a long term engagement commitment to schools in Niagara’s priority neighbourhoods. This program involves mentoring, tutoring and after school programming and is designed to follow youth from grade 5 into high school. Our focus is research based and directed toward building self-esteem, relationship and communication skills, critical thinking, a sense of belonging and an enjoyment of learning. We help youth see how their passions and interests connect to careers, civic engagement and educational pathways, and help parents and youth learn about preparation for post-secondary education from an early age. We also help support literacy and numeracy skills for those in need of development through an in-school tutoring program.
For 2011-2013, these programs are being supported through grants from the Niagara Prosperity Initiative at Fort Erie Public School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls. This program was piloted at Fort Erie Public School in 2010-2011 through generous funding from the Niagara Community Foundation.