Passeport pour ma réussite Program

Passeport pour ma Réussite is an academic perseverance program that supports students once they get to high school and until they receive their high school diploma or vocational diploma.

Implemented in 20 communities across the country, this program is managed in collaboration with Pathways to Education Canada. In 2007, TE was the first organization in Quebec to launch the program. Since then, nearly 1,000 students have benefited and continue to benefit from multiple supports.

Program goals

Inscrease the high school graduation rate

Encourage students to pursue post-secondary education

Four types of support

Mentoring

Participants are individually supported and supervised by a Student Parent Support Worker (SPSW), who strives to motivate and empower them. The SPSW analyzes the student’s needs to create a personalized action plan and acts as a liaison between the family, school and community.

Academic (tutoring)

From Monday to Thursday, students spend time getting tutored by their SPSW and volunteer tutors, who help them tackle their academic challenges.

Schedule:

Monday/Wednesday: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Social (mentoring)

Group mentoring activities (e.g., cooking, sports, arts, discussion evenings, the Toujours en vélo bicycle repair workshop) are regularly organized to help our young people develop things like self-esteem and social skills. Group career mentoring is also offered to students in Secondary 4 and 5.

Financial

Depending on their family income, students may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for uniforms, school supplies, educational materials, bus passes and meals (tokens or meal cards for cafeterias). Bursaries for post-secondary education and vocational training are also available.

Program sector

The program is offered to students who live in Verdun within the sector bordered by Highway 15 to the north, Champlain Boulevard to the west, Lasalle Boulevard to the east and Osborne Street to the south. Students from L’Île-des-Soeurs who attend the École secondaire Monseigneur-Richard can also benefit from the supports offered directly at the school.

Typical schedule

3:30 p.m. : Arrival of young people and transition period: welcome, snack, discussions with the CRPEs and volunteers
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. : 1st tutoring period
5:15 p.m. : Meeting with CRPEs when planned or start of mentoring activity
5 – 6 p.m. – 2nd tutoring period
6:15 p.m. – Meeting with CRPEs when planned or start of mentoring activity
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. – 3rd tutoring period
7:15 p.m. : End of activities

Yasmine's Passeport experience

After class, I walk with my friend Carlos to the Centre de persévérance scolaire Marcelle et Jean Coutu, which is on Wellington Street near our school. When we get there, we are greeted by Paul, the tutoring supervisor, and Paule, one of the volunteer tutors. We have something to eat while chatting with them, which is great, as I get so snacky after school!

At 4:00 p.m., I set up my books in the tutoring room to spend the next hour studying for my French test next week. I’m having a hard time with the past participles. Paule helps me understand the rules and gives me a hand with my homework exercises. She also gives me tips to help with my stress. I’m really anxious because I don’t feel like I’m good in French and I’m afraid of failing my test. As I work, Melissa, my SPSW, comes to say hello and ask how I’m doing. I tell her about my French test, and she gives me a few tips to relax. I like talking with her because she reassures and encourages me.

At 5:00 p.m., I put my books away and go upstairs. Today, we have a Dungeons & Dragons mentoring activity with Andrew. I can’t wait to explore the dungeon we discovered last week.

When the game ends at 7:00 p.m., it’s time to gather up my things and head home. I’m coming back Thursday after school to work on my algebra. I also have another session with Melissa. I really want talk to her about my recent relationship drama. She always has good advice that helps me with my personal issues.

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Testimonials

You have no idea how grateful I am for all the great things you are teaching our young people! TE is simply extraordinary! I’m a single parent who has gone through so many ups and downs that led me to Verdun and TE. I have to say, this was the BEST thing that could have happened to me and my 3 boys! Thank you a hundred billion times over.

Mother of a participant

I like everything at Passeport because they help you with homework and someone is always there for you. They also have very good mentoring workshops. The volunteers are nice to us and help us succeed. Thank you!

Registration

To register or for more information, contact:

Mélissa Cardinal

melissa.cardinal@toujoursensemble.org
514-761-7867, extension 206

The registration includes access to the Parcours Program activities.