Montreal, November 4, 2019. - Academos, a benchmark in mentoring for young people, today launches the 5th edition of its Coalition for school perseverance. This year, 35 organizations will be concretely involved in the educational success of young Quebecers by recruiting mentors from among their employees and offering one-day internships in their community.
In Quebec, the high school graduation rate in five years is 64 % for the public network, the worst performance in Canada. Even though this rate has been steadily increasing over the past ten years, the issues associated with school perseverance remain relevant.
In order to face up to this social issue, the Academos organization has been helping, since 1999, young people between the ages of 14 and 30 to find a fulfilling professional project, which gives meaning to their studies and encourages them to stay on the bench. 'school.
Recruitment of mentors and new one-day internships
By being a member of the Academos Coalition for Academic Perseverance, the participating organizations commit, by February, to recruit new mentors from their sector of activity in order to enhance and diversify the supply of professionals who 'Academos makes available to young people to support them in their choice of career.
The 35 member companies also have a mandate to offer at least two one-day internships in their community on the platform in order to allow young people who so wish to be able to test a profession for a day.
“We are proud to be able to count, year after year, on the mobilization of the business community around the cause of school perseverance. By welcoming young people in the process of choosing a career in their community and by allowing them to get in touch with their employees, the companies participating in the Coalition are taking concrete action that can make all the difference in the career of these young people ” , underlined Catherine Légaré, president and founder of Academos.
This year, the Coalition's goal is to acquire, by February, 200 new mentors from participating organizations, and to offer 60 new one-day internships on Academos.
The organizations forming the Coalition for School Perseverance are:
- Aero Montreal
- Association of Creative Communication Agencies (A2C)
- Behavior Interactive
- Laval Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS de Laval)
- LaSalle College
- Food Trade Workforce Committee (CSMOCA)
- Decathlon Canada
- Montreal School of Technology (ÉTS)
- Faculty of Communication at UQAM
- Finance Montreal
- Quebec Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (ITHQ)
- Intact Insurance
- The Animation Workshop
- Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ)
- Normandin Beaudry
- Order of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Quebec
- Order of Chartered Human Resources Advisors (CRHA)
- Order of Guidance Counselors of Quebec (OCCOQ)
- Order of Pharmacists of Quebec (OPQ)
- Pharmabio Development
- Insurance pros
- ÉTS Network
- University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)
- VIA Rail Canada
Founded in 1999, Academos is a non-profit organization that connects young people aged 14 to 30 with the reality of the world of work through a virtual mentoring application that allows them to interact for free with nearly 3,000 professionals passionate about their work. job. Academos is financially supported by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse of the Government of Quebec to promote academic perseverance and facilitate career choice. The Montreal-based organization is also supported by several financial partners, including Aéro Montréal, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, belairdirect, LaSalle College, Desjardins, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) de Montréal, Finance Montréal, Intact Assurance, Investissement Québec , Insurance Pros, Ubisoft and VIA Rail Canada.