Path Found is a survivor-led program that provides survivors of human trafficking with skills, knowledge and confidence to become meaningfully engaged in their communities.

Members of Path Found belong to a cohort of peers that are recognized as individuals needing different stages of healing and personal growth. Throughout the program we support, coach, mentor and build on each individual’s unique strengths, skills and resilience. As a collective of survivors, we aim to focus on member’s values with programming designed to empower.

Ultimately, Path Found reduces isolation, fosters a sense of belonging and assists in connecting survivors to themselves and to their communities.

Over the course of 3 years, 30 members in the Champlain, Sudbury, Quinte, Kingston, and Rideau catchment areas will journey to connectedness through survivor leadership by completing 2 levels of training and a two-day conference.

Each cohort is comprised of 10 members who will attend training and social activities with their peers and mentors.

Program Details: Levels 1-3

FAQs

Who can apply to become a member?

Anyone who has been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, resides in one of the catchment areas and meets the requirements set out in our application form.

What if I live outside of the area where the workshops are being conducted?

Accommodations, travel and meals will be paid for those who are attending from out of town provided they live in the catchment area.

I work. How can I attend?

For those who have full time employment, we encourage you to consider taking the week as vacation time or asking for a leave of absence. Programming outside of the workshops is not labour intensive and can be done on your own time. In addition, we are providing each member with a total of $1,000.00 honorarium.

I have children. How can I attend?

We will work with you to find and pay for suitable child care.

I am a bit confused - do I have to be in a classroom for 3 years?

No. The ‘in person’ training weeks are spread out from October 2018 to the conference in 2020 for a total of 4 weeks. Training weeks are Monday to Friday during the day.

What is a ‘cohort?’

A ‘cohort’ is a group of people who attend training together. We hope that the group of people you attend training with will become another great support network – and possibly even friends!

What kinds of things do we do between training weeks?

When a training week has ended, you will go back to your routines with new skills, knowledge and support. We will provide a number of tools and ways for you to stay connected with both your cohort and your mentors. There will be some ‘homework’ but nothing that will be too labour intensive. We want you to have the opportunity to apply what you have learned into your daily life.

What do you provide?

Throughout the week we will provide snacks and lunch and all supplies needed for the program. For those who do not have one, we will provide you with a laptop for use in the program. There will be ongoing mentorship and support from our staff.

Do people need to know I am attending? What if I don’t want people to know I was trafficked?

This is your story, your journey, your personal choice and we will respect that. You can work
‘behind the scenes’ to support the conference.

Why is it important for me to be in the “Action” Stage? What does this stage look like?

Those who are in this stage are more likely to get the most out of this project. Being in “action” means being involved in taking steps to change certain behaviours and making plans to maintain certain changes. Stages of change are included in the application for your review.

Do I need to attend the entire program?

We are asking for a commitment to the program – so yes. Each level of training builds on the previous one.

Path Found is made possible through The Ontario Trillium Foundation.