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Launch of HSD 2018: adding up actions that foster youth success

On the morning of February 12, 2018, 210 partners from all sectors gathered at Amos school to celebrate the launch of Montreal’s 8th annual Hooked on School Days, attended by Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region.

A new look at the experiences of youth most vulnerable to dropping out


Attendees witnessed the unveiling of the results of a survey conducted among Québecers aged18 to 34 who have experienced difficulties staying in school.* This new perspective on these young peoples’ experiences was presented by Christian Bourque, executive vice-president and partner at Léger.

Stacey, Hadi, Rebecca, and José, along with their principal, Nathalie Labelle, and Sébastien Proulx. Photo: Sylvain Légaré

The most striking event of the launch was without a doubt the personal accounts of Rebecca, José, Stacey, and Hadi, four students from Amos school, which pulls out all the stops to support students aged 16 to 20 who decide to finish high school despite difficult circumstances. These four tenacious young people told their stories and spoke about the gestures that were “plusses” in helping them stay in school.

“Plusses” from Montreal stakeholders


The event was also a chance to celebrate the vital contributions of many Montreal school perseverance stakeholders and to emphasize how all these small gestures can really add up when it comes to students’ success. 

Photo: Sylvain Légaré

*Exclusive Léger survey commissioned by the Réseau des IRC with funding from the Desjardins Foundation.

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