This year, thanks to unprecedented levels of engagement, the Fondation has made a tangible difference in the lives of thousands of children, teenagers and young adults in the care of the DYP. Those youths are particularly vulnerable and their needs are vast and urgent. If we want to offer them a brighter future, we need to join forces and work together. That’s what the Fondation has been doing tirelessly for the past year in partnership with close to 60 organizations based in Montreal and other regions of Quebec.
Helping to smooth the transition to adult life
Preparation for independent living was identified as a major issue in the Laurent Commission’s report. There are currently close to 2,000 youths ageing out of the system, and 1 in 4 of them will have received support from the Fondation. The assistance we provide comes in different forms: bursaries, apartment start-up kits, transit passes, rent payments, supportive housing, internships, and employment support.
Addressing food insecurity
As we continue to grapple with the pandemic, inflation, and housing insecurity, vulnerable youths and families are being hit hardest by increases in the cost of living. The Fondation is proud to have provided double the amount of food aid over the past year.
Caring for their mental health
Youth mental health is top of mind for a number of experts who have been sounding the alarm. Witnessing on a daily basis the destructive impact of the pandemic, among other things, the Fondation has allocated 36% of its program funds toward mental health initiatives. We have used various approaches, including art therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and sports, arts and cultural activities, to help youths who have been deeply scarred achieve well-being, build self-esteem and reach their potential. By giving them avenues to express their pain, create happy memories, and feel valued and accepted, we are making a real, lasting difference in the lives of youths in care.
Their lives transformed by generosity
- Justine* received tutoring assistance to help her succeed in math and continue her education with her friends in Grade 6.
- Claudia* has suffered physical abuse. When she testified in court, she had the Fondation’s support dog with her to help her through the extremely stressful experience.
- William* has been trying out independent living in a transitional apartment for three months now to help him feel confident as he leaves the youth centre.
- Mathéo* attended a soccer camp this summer. For the first time, he felt he was good at something. He will work very hard on his behaviour so he can go back next summer.
*Fictitious name, true story