About the Verdun Community
Located on the South region of the Island of Montreal, Verdun was founded in 1671 and is one of Quebec’s oldest municipalities. According to a comprehensive 2003 socio-economic survey, there are more than 14,000 families with children living in the Verdun community, most of whom are economically marginalized. Most families in the area are single-parent, living on social assistance and unemployment insurance. Over 45 per cent of Verdun households (not including the high-income Nun’s Island) have annual incomes of less than $30,000. The vast majority of families are Francophone, with smaller English speaking and Vietnamese communities.
In 2007, 25.3 per cent of students in Quebec left high school without obtaining a diploma. In Verdun, this proportion was close to double, with certain schools reaching an astonishing rate of 49.3 per cent. Recognizing the shared goal of combating high school dropout and reducing poverty, Toujours ensemble partnered with Pathways to Education Canada in 2007 to implement its proven model in Verdun and, in doing so, became the first organization in Quebec to host the Pathways Program. After just one year, participation in the program double in numbers because of the positive impact Pathways was having on the students of Verdun.
The catchment area is the two elementary schools in East Verdun, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, and Lévis Sauvé.
Pathways Verdun is located at:
Centre de persévérance scolaire Marcelle et Jean Coutu
601, 2e Avenue
Verdun, QC H4G 2W7
T 514 761 7867 ext. 216
Pathways Verdun is delivered by Toujours ensemble, a community organization that has been providing academic, financial, and social support to youth of Verdun for over 25 years. To visit Toujours ensemble’s website, please click here.
How to Join
All students in the geographic catchment area are eligible to enrol in the Pathways Program, regardless of their academic performance or economic circumstance. Initial enrolment begins in Secondary I and students remain in the program until the end of Secondary 5, however, students may join the Program in any high school grade where applicable. The Pathways Program is at no cost to the participants. If you would like to join the Pathways Program and are currently enrolled in high school, you or your parent/guardian can contact Élizabeth Robillard at [email protected]
How to Volunteer
The Pathways to Education Program requires skilled and committed volunteers to serve as mentors. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative program that makes a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families. Both one-on-one and group tutoring positions are available and training is provided. Recruitment is ongoing. Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Verdun’s youth.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor with Pathways Verdun, please contact Christine Vallières, at [email protected].