Located around 140km east of Montreal at the confluence of the Magog and Saint-François Rivers, Sherbrooke is Quebec’s sixth-largest city, with a population of 166,633. The economic and academic centre of the Estrie region, it is divided into six boroughs and 33 communities, of which eight face significant social and economic barriers. Among them, poverty is perhaps the most prominent. It’s a factor that has a major impact on mental and physical health, life expectancy and quality, education, and social integration.
Pathways and Maison Jeunes-Est
Maison Jeunes-Est is the Pathways Program Partner who delivers programming to students in Sherbrooke. It’s located in Sherbrooke’s old eastern neighbourhood, which is now the borough of Fleurimont, at the heart of three of the eight low-income communities (i.e., Saint-Michel, Jardins-Fleuris, Saint-Jean-Baptiste).
Maison Jeunes-Est is the first Pathways Program Partner with an alternate delivery model. They deliver an adapted version of the Pathways Program to students in the eastern part of the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Supports include tutoring, group mentoring activities, and financial assistance. Youth workers will also give continuous support to the students throughout the duration of their high school education
Called Accès 5, the program supports 175 students divided into five cohorts. Each year, an additional 100 or so additional youth also benefit from individualized support (i.e., social, academic, extracurricular, material, or financial). Students in the program attend the École secondaire de la Montée and chiefly reside in the zone bordered by Rue du Conseil, Rue de Saint-Michel, Rue du 24-Juin, and 20e Avenue.
Founded in 1983, Maison Jeunes-Est is firmly rooted in its community and does comprehensive, collaborative work in partnership with several private, community, public, and semipublic organizations to maximize the scope of its activities. Today, three major activity sectors are evolving under the same roof: a youth shelter, a youth centre, and Accès 5.
Pathways Program Partner
393 King St. E., Sherbrooke, QC J1G 1B4
Accès 5 Program Coordinator