Nearly a quarter of young people who are vulnerable to dropping out started thinking about dropping out of school at the age of 13, according to the results of a Léger survey unveiled at the 2018 School Retention Days (JPS). It also reports that 52% were bullied and 43% used drugs or alcohol on an occasional or regular basis.
The survey results were released Monday morning with the kickoff of the JPS, which runs until Friday. This probe was conducted with Quebecers between the ages of 18 and 34 who dropped out, thought of dropping out of school or who hung up. A little over 1000 people were polled.
“The first major finding of the survey is that there are a multitude of factors that make a difference in the success of young people,” says Josiane Bergeron, coordinator of the project Partners for Educational Success in Estrie (PREP). “We also know, among other things, that for the second-hand kidnappers, at 34%, it’s a work experience that motivated them to go back to school. The role of the business community in staying in school is essential for these young people. They chose to go for a diploma or qualification because of their work experience. ”
Half of the respondents reported being bullied. What reflection can stakeholders draw from such data?
“These young people who were interviewed between the ages of 18 and 34, some of whom had gone to school a few years ago (…) In the last 10 or 15 years, many measures have been taken. in place in schools or in the various organizations in the area. It just reinforces the importance of continuing to put in place various measures to ensure that young people do not experience bullying, “said Ms. Bergeron. Seven percent of respondents started thinking about dropping out of school early in primary school.
Dropouts are “significantly more likely” to be unemployed and twice as likely to earn $ 20,000 or less.
In Estrie, more than 275 activities will take place within the framework of the JPS.
“During these five days, it is Quebec that is mobilized for the cause,” said Christian Provencher, co-chair of the Table estrienne of Interrelationship in Education (TECIÉ) and the PRÉE project.
The speakers at the launch recalled that many gestures can be made to give the taste of school to young people, such as promoting education or giving them access to books. Moreover, the survey shows that 45% of respondents did not read at home, apart from readings for school work. In addition, about 18% did not have a book at home and 65% did not attend their municipal library. Three-quarters of youth surveyed said they were bored at school. The survey was conducted at the request of the Network of Regional Consultative Instances on School Perseverance and Educational Success in Quebec.
The Goéland Foundation to help young people
Goeland teachers are launching a foundation that will support the students of the school, which allows young people aged 16 to 21 to hang up, persevere and complete training in order to enter the job market.
The Goéland Foundation strives for various objectives, including providing financial assistance to students. “The Foundation is part of the fact that at school, honestly, our kids were there. Our young people needed it. Our clientele of young people from 16 to 21 years old has a lot of difficulties. We have a lot of the tip of the diamond: young people who do not work in other schools or who have difficulties in their school career, we receive them here. The goal of the foundation is to equip them “, puts in context Olivier Brisson, one of the Goéland teachers who worked on setting up the foundation, alongside Mélissa Milani, Karina Veilleux and Carina Beltrano.
Young people sometimes give up for financial reasons or because they do not have the support of their family, he illustrates. “We are a school where we encourage school drop-outs. We have to find ways to ensure that there is no stall because of external things, “adds the teacher Karina Veilleux.
One of the Foundation’s major projects is to develop kitchens on Ontario Street.
“There are many who even go grocery shopping at the convenience store. We want to establish healthy lifestyle habits, “says Mélissa Milani, also a teacher.
She remembers the story of a young person who was taking the bus was anxious. The team unearthed a bike … that made all the difference. No more delays or absences. If such a boost can help a young person continue his journey, the application will be examined. “We do not imagine, sometimes, the details that make the difference, adds the teacher Karl Lachance. Given our close proximity to the young person, we can have a better idea of what he can live. ”
” It’s to help young people who, despite their good intentions, can not follow … “launches Ms. Veilleux.
Some still have a foot in the workforce and the team of teachers can not deny it, notes Mr. Lachance. “They are not 16-year-old high school kids; they are young people who have lived outside, who have returned to school, who have no choice; they have responsibilities. They have obligations. ”
Betting on the difference
The Gull, created in 1982, plays a role in the schooling of about 1000 students per year. The portrait of these young people is very varied: some are of immigrant origin and have recently arrived in their home country, others have become parents at a young age, others are returning to school. after having experienced the job market.
“Some work at night and come to day school, some are in foster care …”, illustrates Ms. Veilleux. “The situation of immigrants is not always easy, the situation in which they arrive and where they leave. ”
” The difference, it also brings great things, “argues Ms. Milani.
Teachers point out that the Gull itself plays an important role in student retention and graduation rates. Of those who graduate, about 19% obtain it through their passage in Gull.
“You may have difficulty completing your school project, but that does not mean you will not be good at what you want to do. You just need to have an easier way to do it, “says Karl Lachance.
The launch of the foundation will be marked by the holding of a show evening of duo Corbeil and Maranda on April 19th at the Granada Theater. Tickets can be purchased (at a cost of $ 45) through the theater or by contacting the Foundation at 819-822-5505, ext. 16715.
The project is also currently soliciting various sponsors.