In Quebec, there are more reports to the DYP each year than there are births. Can there be a more alarming statistic when it comes to the state of our young people? Anaïs Favron, new spokesperson for the Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ, could not sit idly by in the face of this unbearable reality. Standing in solidarity with these youths, she invites us to make our own gesture in support of the most vulnerable young people in our society.
We are often dismayed when hearing the testimonies of the young people of the DYP, and yet we believe that we are removed from the situation and incapable of coming to their aid. I accepted this role as spokesperson for the Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ to remind people that these 45,000 children and adolescents exist in Quebec and that we have the power to help them! As the holiday season approaches, we all have the capacity to make a difference in the lives of each of these youths.
The Premier of Quebec, Mr. François Legault and his wife Mrs. Isabelle Brais, share their enthusiasm about the support movement that is building around the young people of the DYP.
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An urgent need to act
Physical abuse, psychological mistreatment, and neglect currently constitute 64% of reports in Montreal. In addition, the young people of the DYP who reach the age of majority and leave the protection system are currently doing so under extremely challenging circumstances. Anxiety, loneliness, and depression have devastating psychological effects on many of them.
Together, we can create moments that transform the way young people see themselves. Attending a soccer camp and discovering that you have a talent for sports and that you aren’t a good-for-nothing is life-changing. Receiving help to outfit your first apartment and feel confident in the future because you know you are supported, changes everything.