The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many programs to shift to online delivery, including the Pathways to Education (Pathways) program run by Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. This program provides academic, social, financial, and one-to-one supports to high-school students living in low-income neighbourhoods in Ottawa’s west end. While there are challenges and limitations to online delivery of such supports, there may also be advantages in terms of program accessibility. To inform future Pathways program planning, SRDC will conduct a targeted scoping review of academic and gray literature on promising practices using online tools for engaging and supporting low-income and racialized youth outside of school. In keeping with the mandate of the Pathways program, the focus will be not only on academic support and tutoring but also social emotional learning/skills development and positive youth development more broadly. The project goal is to provide an overview of promising practices in online youth programming, both as a summary of evidence as well as key principles to guide future programming.
Published: June 2021
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: P-12 Education - Academic Engagement, Youth Development and Inclusion