Education as a tool for reintegration

Education as a tool for reintegration

Déclic, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Montreal

Most young people in Quebec have two choices after finishing high school or cegep: continue with their studies or enter the job market. For vulnerable youth, however, their choice is narrower.

Just finding the focus and time needed to pursue academic studies is a challenge when faced with obstacles that seem insurmountable. Déclic offers a number of programs designed to help students – like Kenny – overcome their difficulties in order to fulfil their academic potential.

When Kenny was a student at the Centre Marie Médiatrice, an adult learning center in Montreal, he was isolated and shy with others. “It was my vice-principal who suggested Déclic. She noticed I was having trouble in school and that I was unhappy, which was true. I guess it was her way of helping me find a bit of happiness,” he explains.

Happy moments were not frequent for Kenny, who at age four was taken from his mother and placed in foster care where he lived with eight different families until the age of eighteen. The trauma and stigma affected his self-confidence, his perception of society, and impacted his entire academic trajectory.

Déclic helps young adults ages 18 to 25 in psychosocial distress or experiencing other difficulties overcome obstacles in order to focus on their studies.

“Kenny had incredible potential, but certain factors stood in his way. By establishing a good understanding of his case we designed a program to help,” explains Benoit Bernier, clinical director. “We worked with him on social and personal dimensions, in order to help him persevere and succeed academically. As a result, Kenny successfully earned his high school diploma and is ecstatic.”

As a long-time partner, the LÉGER FOUNDATION is proud to offer continued support to Déclic and its intervention and psychotherapy programs. According to Déclic general director Sonia Lombart, “support from the LÉGER FOUNDATION is not only vital for us to pursue our initiatives, but also visibly reinforces the fact our programs are working.”

This article is from the winter 2017 edition of the HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS newsletter. To read the full version of the newsletter and discover all the documents published by the LÉGER FOUNDATION this year, visit the Publications section of our website.

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