The Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ is pleased to announce that it will be supporting seven projects in various Quebec regions this year through its new regional initiatives support fund. Through its working relationships already established with organizations and foundations around the province, the Fondation will be supporting projects that help young people who are transitioning to adult life.
Lending a hand to help more:
a collaboration to help young people
The Fondation launched a call for proposals in April to organizations in Quebec regions to provide financial support to their initiatives and increase their impact with young people of the DYP.
This appeal succeeded beyond our expectations!
More than 20 projects were submitted. This success demonstrates the relevance of the fund set up by the Fondation to support regional initiatives. This response shows that the needs of young people of the DYP are very real—wherever they may be in Quebec.
The selected projects are:
Maison Stéphane Fallu is a place where youths in the care of the DYP can find accommodation once they age out of the system. The program helps fight poverty and social exclusion by supporting young people in their transition to adulthood and independent living. It is geared particularly to youths who suffer from some form addiction, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, prescription medications or gambling.
Le Belvédère is a place where young people can choose to stay and play an active part in gradually getting their lives on track to achieve their personal goals. Here they must learn to provide for themselves so they can take ownership of their future.
Habitations l’Envolée provides a supervised independent living program to support young adults aged 18 to 30 as they transition to self-sufficiency. The new gym and sports hall, funded by the Fondation, will help young people build healthy lifestyle habits while preventing or mitigating various issues, such as isolation and lack of self-esteem, that youths may face while in care or after leaving.
This program, from Carrefour jeunesse-emploi MRC Deux-Montagnes, is intended to support young people as they transition to independence by providing financial assistance up-front to ensure their safety and well-being, along with personalized guidance and access to available resources. When they leave care, young people are given a backpack containing the tools they need to become self-sufficient.
This program, from Maison Marie-Frédéric, is intended to provide specialized support with a human touch to help young people in the care of the DYP acquire the knowledge, qualifications and social-emotional skills they need to be able to find employment, live on their own, and achieve psychosocial autonomy.
Under this project, from CIUSSS Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec, young people in the care of the DYP have access to two experimental apartments (in Trois-Rivières and Drummondville) and get to experience different aspects of independent living. They can take advantage of this supervised environment to understand the reality that awaits them so they won’t feel lost when they leave the youth protection system.
This project, from Fondation Santé Gatineau and CISSS de l’Outaouais, is designed to improve the quality of outreach services available to vulnerable young people in the care of the DYP by providing youths with the financial support they need to regain their dignity and start their journey to independence. The fund is used as a last resort in addition to other available resources.
Projects that meet the recommendations of the Laurent Commission
For this initial $200,000 funding envelope, the allocation committee composed of social services, youth protection and social development experts has selected projects that enable the transition to adult life.
Preparing young people of the DYP for independence was identified as a major issue in the Laurent Commission’s report. Around 2,000 young people in the DYP’s care reach the age of majority every year. The initiatives that receive financial support from the Fondation are in line with the fundamental focus on school perseverance, development of independent living and residential stability, employability, and the acquisition of skills, self-esteem and healthy life habits.
Donors seeking to do more
My work has taken me to every corner of Quebec. Wherever I go, people ask what more can they do for these young people who have suffered so much! Here’s an excellent example of an initiative that’s effective, responsive and relevant! In just a few weeks, funding from donors will make its way directly to where it’s most needed and where their generosity will make a huge difference!
Help in Montreal and throughout Quebec
Since 1998, the Fondation has been supporting young people of the DYP by providing help that complements provincial services and enables specific and personalized needs to be met rapidly. To increase the impact of its actions and meet the pressing and ever-growing needs brought to its attention, the Fondation expanded its mission in the fall of 2021 to help young people in the DYP’s care all over Quebec. From its home base in Montreal, the Fondation continues to support young people in the city and provides ongoing support for regional initiatives each year.