Sac à dos Program

The Sac à dos is a academic perseverance program at primary school to contribute to the academic success of these youth from Grades 3 to 6 (9 to 13 years old).

After carrying out documentary and field research, holding committee meetings to get feedback from parents, teachers
at the École Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and members of our board of directors, and then running a pilot phase, Toujours ensemble officially launched the Sac à dos academic perseverance program in 2015.

Our approach

The program is offered in partnership with Verdun schools and as a collaboration between schools, families
and the community. The activities take place at the partner schools to strengthen connections between the school teams
and Sac à dos staff.

General objectives

Increase students’ academic performance and/or reduce academic delays

Improve young people’s social skills

Help young people and their parents develop an appreciation for reading

Give parents tools to help their children succeed in school


Each student is enrolled in two days of activities per week from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ranging from academic support, reading workshops, recreational and educational workshops to family activities.)

Sample activity schedule:

3:00 p.m. Students arrive, transition period
Welcome, snack, and break before the homework period.
3:30 p.m.
Homework and lessons
Each tutor helps 5 youth with their homework and any problems they may have.
4:15 p.m.
Reading workshop
Teaching kids that reading is fun! Individual or group reading-based activity.
4:30 p.m.
Fun educational workshop
Having fun while developing skills. Varied activities: drame, art, sports, projects, etc.
5:20 p.m.
Activity recap
A quick recap of the day.
5:30 p.m.
End of workshop, students go home
This is a great time for us to meet with parents and talk to them about their child.

March programmation:

Our impact

(2016-2017 data)


of Grade 6 students started Secondary 1, with 81% in regular classes.


say they have improved theirsocial skills.


say they are muchmore motivatedat school.


say they have a greater enjoyment of reading.


Our team has two youth workers and one coordinator.

  • The staff member acts as a liaison between teachers, the family and the community.
  • Un An action plan is developed based on an analysis of the young person’s difficulties.


The registration costs $25 per child per school year. (A registration form must be filled out and signed by the child and a parent or guardian.)