The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi affords a versatile course

COMMUNITY. A stimulating place for homework help is now available to secondary school students. A flexible class has been established within the walls of the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Drummond (CJED), a unifying and unique place in the region.

Every evening, after school, about twenty young people go down to the basement of the Sainte-Thérèse church to get together, to find a listening ear and, above all, to find the motivation and help they need to succeed in their studies be.

The flexible classroom was set up in a large room in the basement, which is sufficiently bright with white walls and good lighting.

Colorful and varied furniture is made available to young people, allowing them to move and work in an environment that is both motivating and fun. The many learning islands with different working attitudes promote the maximum concentration of the students.

In addition, they have the opportunity to develop their autonomy and to see for themselves what favors their concentration or not.

(Photo Cynthia Giguere-Martel)

“In this way, we enable pupils and young adults to take their personal and academic success into their own hands. Already we notice an impressive difference in the calm that reigns in this large space, even if it is inhabited by dozens of students, a sign that they find there a place conducive to academic work,” says Vicky Lauzier , program coordinator Passport on my success .

With this new flexible class, the CJED can host up to 150 students per year from the four secondary schools of the Center de services scolaire des Chênes.

“It’s fun to come here. That makes it easier for me to concentrate and I enjoy doing my homework with the different chairs and all the equipment available,” explains a student.

A dream come true

This flexible class project has long been smoldering in the minds of CJED Director Isabelle Meilleur and each and every member of her team.

“Once we got the idea off the ground, the Centre-du-Québec Regional Education Table (TRECQ) was quick to offer us $6,500 to set up the large space before we began work so that young people could be immersed in a Pandemic could benefit from a more attractive location. stresses Ms Meilleur. We were then able to benefit from $120,000 in government support through the Youth Secretariat’s Youth Infrastructure Financial Assistance Program. Construction Audet, one of our loyal partners, offered us over $7,000 worth of goods and services. Eventually, Setlakwe donated $1,000. This project would not have been possible without the collaboration of our partners.”

This project is part of the Passport for my success program, the main component of the CJED. It is a free, provincial school perseverance program that supports students from entering high school through graduation. In addition to homework and study help, young people are individually accompanied by specialists in order to increase their motivation and self-confidence based on their personal needs (educational, financial or social). The program also allows them to enjoy social activities and positive experiences to fuel their love of learning and their desire to invest in their own educational success.

“We are a neutral place that can work with different areas that revolve around young people. We build bridges to school and to family,” specifies the director.

In addition, a $400 scholarship is offered to any student with a 70% attendance rate during the year at CJED. This amount is then paid into a fund earmarked for tuition fees for post-secondary studies.

“A young person who completes the program for five years will have received $2,000 at the end,” suggests Ms. Meilleur.

Finally, note that CJED makes this space accessible to youth partners as well.

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