Passeport pour ma réussite Program

In partnership with Pathways to education Canada and with Verdun schools and families, Toujours ensemble – through the Passeport pour ma réussite Program – is committed to supporting students in getting their high school diploma or vocational certificarte as soon as they enter high school.

The territory for the program is established using the postal codes reprensenting the most underprivileged sectors in Verdun.

For more information on how to register, contact Jérôme Hermitte, Community Outreach Officer, at 514-761-7867 poste 204 or at jerome.hermitte@toujoursensemble.org

General objectives

Increase the graduation rate

Increase access to post-secondary studies.

What makes the Passeport pour ma réussite Program different from other academic perseverances programs is without a doubt its four types of support (mentoring, academic, social and financial). This essential support lets us meet students’ various needs.

Mentoring support

Each Student Parent Support Worker (SPSW) is responsible for about 50 students with whom they have to meet at least once a month or more depending on need.

  • Motivate and support students and make them accountable
  • Conduct a needs analysis and create an action plan
  • Act as a liaison between the family, school, and community.

Academic support (tutoring)

Through this support, students receive help with their assigments and work on their academic weaknesses targeted by the SPSW.

  • 2 madatory one-hour sessions per week
  • 80  volunteers help students with homework, assignments, and studies
  • The program staff team supports volunteers, ensures quality, and supervises the services.

Social support (mentoring)

Un This support fosters the development of self-esteem and social skills. The group activities offered includ cooking, sports, bike repair workshops (Toujours en vélo), art, board games, introduction to digital photography, blogging, discussion nights, movies, and riddles with Énigmatik.

  • Average of 21 hours per year
  • Career mentoring is also provided to Secondary 4 and 5 students.

Financial support

The financial support reduces the financial barriers to academic success.

  • Funding for part of the cost of school uniforms, school supplies, educational materials ans food assistance (school cafeteria meal cards or tokens)
  • Scholarships for post-secondary studies or vocational training.

Impact

From 2011 to 2014,we had 99 students who have gone through the program in three cohorts. Of this number, 89 students are taking vocational training or are at CEGEP, and three students from the first cohort are in university. This means that 93% of the students who go through the Passeport pour ma réussite Program continue their studies beyond high school.

Evaluation

Evaluation is a key component of the program. We are working with many partners to continuously improve our activites. We closely monitor our students’ grades and attendance as well as the program particpation rate.