50 young adults who have dropped out of school will benefit from personalised support to help them obtain a first diploma that will open the door to higher education

Montreal, August 12, 2021 On the occasion of World Youth Day, the Socio-Economic Summit for Black Youth Development (SdesJ) is launching a pilot project to combat school dropout. Entitled “Together for our Youth”, this initiative aims specifically at the social and economic integration of young people aged 18 to 30 from ethnocultural communities by reintegrating them into the school system and providing them with 18 months of ongoing support.

“Young Canadians, particularly those from Black immigrant communities, face barriers to completing their education and socio-economic integration despite their potential,” said Edouard Staco, President of the Summit.

This pilot project provides 50 young adults who have dropped out of school with personalised support, including a motivation grant, tuition fees, technological equipment and a team of experts dedicated to their success.
“With this initiative, we want to get them back to school with as much support as possible. We believe that this original approach, co-constructed with the member organisations of our education table, could eventually reach hundreds of young adults across Quebec and Canada,” continued Mr. Staco.
Carried out by nearly a dozen member organizations of the Summit (Bureau de la communauté Haïtienne de Montréal, Maison des jeunes Louverture, Maison d’Haïti, Chantier d’Afrique du Canada, Coumbite de Laval, Fonds 1804 pour la persévérance scolaire and One Full Circle), this project is made possible by the financial contribution of the Government of Canada, through the Department of Employment and Social Development.