An initiative launched to help families in need to meet school expenses and give children a positive vision of the school.
Content: In view of the statistics showing that children living under the low-income cut-off were more exposed to school dropping out, the young of the SSVP Regional Council of Quebec (Canada) decided in 1985, to launch an initiative called first “the Service of Aid to Young Students’ (SAJE). Objective: to help families face the financial charges related to the beginning of the school year and allow young people to acquire a positive vision of the school.
Turned into “Opération Bonne Mine“, the program spread across the whole province, which represents more than 300 Conferences, thus becoming the flagship project of the Regional Council. Today, the SSVP in Quebec works with students of primary and secondary school whose parents have limited financial capacity. It implements actions that allow the young participants to increase their self-confidence and to see the future with optimism. Besides contributing to meet the basic needs of children and teen-agers, Opération Bonne Mine acts directly on key components of school success such as self-esteem, belonging to a group and the valorisation of surpassing oneself.
To fight against school dropout also has the effect of reducing the number of young people falling into problems related to delinquency, precarious employment, homelessness and drug addiction.
The programme is split into 3 segments:
We believe that offering everybody equal opportunities to discover their full potential promotes the retention of children in schooling and contributes to break the cycle of poverty in a concrete way. (SSVP Montreal)
In 2016, 8,269 young Quebeckers were able to enjoy the benefits of the Opération Bonne Mine and cling to success.
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