By acting on behalf of young people ages 10 to 17 in precarious situations, we hope to promote equal opportunity by breaking down the barriers of poverty, psychological distress and academic failure.
We dream of becoming true actors of change by sharing values related to social solidarity, diversity and inclusion. To do so, we offer young people the opportunity to participate in a citizen training program to develop their full potential.
Our program, Culture and Citizenship in Québec, develops students’ knowledge on their needs, points of view and others’ points of view, as well as on the social and cultural foundations of their identity. It encourages recognition of oneself and others and interconnectedness between individuals, and contributes to the pursuit of the common good. This program thereby trains informed and empathetic citizens who engage actively in democratic life by integrating the principles and values of public life in Quebec into their own lives.
general manager’s presentation
In the 1980’s, Jacques Perreault held practically every possible role at the Auberges de jeunesse du Saint-Laurent. Then, in 1988, he took the reins of the organization and fully embraced the principles of the social economy, a commitment he has never abandoned since. As a young man, he quickly realized that venturing far from his familiar surroundings would broaden his horizons.
But the pandemic gave him a different perspective on Quebec, focusing on the St. Lawrence River and the regions that border it. His entrepreneurial spirit is constantly pushing back the boundaries of the social business model of youth travel. He transformed the hostels, bringing them up to date, making major acquisitions and, in 2022, creating a hostel collective called Collectif Saintlo. Today, Jacques continues his journey by infusing a renewed vision into the Saintlo Foundation, with the aim of enabling underprivileged young people to explore the world.
A multi-disciplinary team to develop an impactful training program
Leading experts have been mobilized to not only contribute scientific support to our educational pathway, but also to measure the impact of our approach and to validate our intentions toward young people, their families and their schools.
Adolescence: an essential time of life, between fragility and hope
In spite of the prejudices that surround it, adolescence is one of the richest periods in a person’s life. Not only is it a period of significant physical changes, but some neuropsychological studies also show that teens’ brains undergo a major “reshuffling” during this phase of existence. Looking to build their adult life while discovering themselves, teens yearn to leave the family environment and to shift toward their peers. The world around them takes on a whole new meaning and invites them, little by little, to discover it.
But, as in any transitional phase, adolescence can also be a period of vulnerability that can lead teens off course with more or less healthy encounters. This risk is much higher for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who develop in environments that don’t always help them thrive.
5 indicators highlighting the need to create a more equal and open world for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
23% of young people in Quebec from disadvantaged backgrounds leave school without a diploma or qualifications.
8% of teens aged 11 to 17 in Quebec live in poverty.
2/10 of secondary students in Quebec have at least one diagnosis of a mental health illness.
Diversity and inclusion
1/4 of the population belongs to a racialized group in Canada.
80% of 15- to 39-year-old Quebecers are pessimistic about how the environmental situation will evolve in the next year.
7 psychological needs of young people according to michel fize
How we contribute to their well-being through travel.
Need for Trust
Need for Dialogue
Need for Security
Need for Autonomy
Need for Taking responsability
Need for Affection
Need for Hope