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More services announced for Vaudreuil-Soulanges teens and young adults through Projet Eurêka


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Philippe Toupin, Director of Project Eurêka, addresses representatives from various community organizations during a press conference on Tuesday to announce that 11 organizations in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region will receive funding to provide additional social services and activities for teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24.

After 22 months of study, 11 community organizations throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region will receive funding which will enable them to provide much needed additional social support services and activities to address the specific needs of teens and young adults aged between 16 to 24 years through the auspices of Projet Eurêka.

The announcement was made by Project Eurêka Director Philippe Toupin during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in Les Cèdres, which was attended by representatives from 32 regional committees and nonprofit organizations that participated in the consultative process. Among the services being funded is Brigade X, an anti-bullying initiative that was established at École secondaire de Chêne Bleu in Pincourt last year.

The program aimed to help former elementary school students adjust to their first year of high school, resolve personal disputes with the help of a student mediator, and prevent bullying, said Projet Eurêka Director Philippe Toupin. The success of Brigade X within a secondary school setting prompted the organization to fund similar initiatives by allowing the program to expand into elementary schools under the jurisdiction of the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs school board.

Projet Eurêka is also promoting healthy lifestyle options for young adults in order to reduce the incidence of risky behaviours that could compromise an individual’s physical health and mental well-being. Two programs geared specifically at instilling positive life choices are Travaillons la confiance en santé which will enable young people to participate in boxing, swimming and rock climbing in a safe and fun environment, and Stage des arts de la scène, which will allow participants to try out different jobs within a theatrical setting.

Projet Eurêka was created in 2011 from an initiative launched by the Table intersectorielle jeunesse de Vaudreuil-Soulanges to address the lack of adequate social services required to meet the needs of regional teens and young adults, said Toupin. A management committee comprised of six specialists was established 2012 to study the situation and provide suggestions on how to improve existing services and create new initiatives that would have a positive impact with their target age group.

The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Vaudreuil-Soulanges also played an important role in the project which was funded by the Forum jeunesse de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent through its Fonds régionale d’investissement jeunesse program. Toupin thanked all committee members and representatives from the region’s various community organizations for their participation in the working group which helped to ensure the success of Projet Eurêka.

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