HSBC Bank Canada investing $400,000 in Pathways to Education Canada to expand programs supporting indigenous high school studen

 HSBC Bank Canada investing $400,000 in Pathways to Education Canada to expand  programs supporting indigenous high school students in low-income communities  HSBC will help Indigenous students graduate from high school and continue with  post-secondary studies  TORONTO, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Pathways to Education Canada is pleased to  announce HSBC Bank Canada is further increasing its commitment to Indigenous  youth education by supporting the expansion of programming in three  communities where students face daunting challenges to graduate from high  school.  HSBC's $400,000 investment over three years will bolster Pathways programs in  communities with high Indigenous representation. The HSBC involvement will  allow for expansion of one-on-one tutoring, mentoring and financial support.  "HSBC Bank Canada has been a loyal Pathways supporter, recognizing that the  best way to build communities in a sustainable way is through education," says  Vivian Prokop, President and CEO of Pathways to Education. "Our program  recognizes the unique challenges our students face and provides the skills  that youth need to succeed both in and out of the classroom."  The funding will establish the Pathways HSBC Indigenous Education Attainment  Fund, which will help more than 400 high school students in its first year by  providing the support and encouragement that all young people need to thrive.  Paulo Maia, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Sponsor of  HSBC's Indigenous Canadian Employee Resource Group, HSBC Bank Canada, said:  "HSBC currently offers six permanently endowed awards for indigenous students  at colleges and universities across Canada — but we want to do more.   Through our three-year commitment to Pathways to Education, we aim to help  Indigenous youth achieve their full potential."  This commitment is part of a wider community investment program which also  includes a charitable contribution from HSBC Bank Canada to Indspire.   Specifically designed to enable more Indigenous youth to successfully complete  high school and make the transition to post-secondary education, the new HSBC  programs are expected to assist nearly 500 youth in 2014 alone.  In addition to working with thousands of youth across Canada, Pathways aims to  raise awareness of the growing achievement gap where more than 400,000 young  people in low-income communities are at risk of not graduating from high  school. The organization's ultimate goal is to build a Graduation Nation where  all young people reach their potential and help their families, communities  and country prosper.  About Pathways to Education Canada - www.pathwaystoeducation.ca Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps youth in  low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition  into post-secondary education or training. Pathways addresses systemic  barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based  program proven to lower dropout rates. Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in  16 communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia,  Manitoba and British Columbia. Pathways was recently recognized with a 2013  World Innovation Summit for Education award (WISE) from the Qatar Foundation  for its innovative and effective work in education.  About HSBC Bank Canada HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading  international bank in Canada. The HSBC Group serves customers worldwide from  over 6,300 offices in over 75 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North  and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of  US$2,758bn at 31 March 2014, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and  financial services organizations.    SOURCE  Pathways to Education Canada  Sybil Eastman, Citizen Optimum,  416.306.6660,sybil.eastman@citizenrelations.com  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2014/20/c8201.html  CO: Pathways to Education Canada ST: Ontario NI: EDU CHARITY  
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