IDEO 16-17 is an individualized coaching measure aimed at assisting 16 and 17 year olds experiencing difficulty mapping out their lives and achieving social, occupational or personal self-sufficiency. IDEO 16-17 can, based on their needs, help them to:
- Continue their secondary-level education
- Find a job
- Acquire their first experience in the workplace
- Steer them towards specialized services if they are experiencing particular problems (addiction, housing, mental health, etc.)
IDEO 16-17 stands for:
IDEO 16-17 is a measure established under the 2006-2009 Youth Action Strategy launched by the Government of Quebec in March 2006. It is aimed at fostering the ability of young people to enter the job market and is part of a set of measures (e.g. Youth Alternative, Jeunes en action, Québec pluriel, Agir autrement and J’embarque quand ça me ressemble) designed to provide a seamless array of services for those experiencing particular difficulties.
To find out more, go to the 2006-2009 Youth Action Strategy Web site.
IDEO 16-17 is mainly for:
- Dropouts aged 16 and 17, who have no secondary school diploma or no entry-level qualifications. These young people may be in a vulnerable position, whether employed or not.
- Young people who are still in school but who have not graduated and are at risk of dropping out.
- Young people with several of the following characteristics, whether or not they live with their parents:
- Behavioural problems or addictions
- Serious academic delays
- Quit school without being qualified to work
- Little encouragement from their parents to go back to school
- Charged room and board if they have a job
- Did not do well when they went back to school.
Special attention is given to young people:
- who come from a family where the parents receive employment assistance benefits (social assistance)
- Who come from a very disadvantaged community where dropping out is prevalent.
IDEO 16-17 has four major objectives:
- To provide increased support to 16 and 17 year olds in order to better help them stay in school. This support is delivered alongside measures, strategies and programs offered by the education system or other authorities.
- Provide increased support to 16 and 17 year olds in order to better help them get into gear (pre-employability, entry-level studies, entry-level qualifications, job market integration, etc.)
- Provide support that focuses on a course of action enabling 16 and 17 year olds to develop social, occupational and personal self-sufficiency.
- Develop and test local partnerships for joint action with schools, school boards, public agencies and community organizations that offer services to 16 and 17 year olds.
Examples of services offered to 16 and 17 year olds:
- Sports and cultural activities
- Visits to community centres and libraries
- Self-awareness workshops
- Mental health and family planning support
(pregnancy and termination of pregnancy)
- Assistance in solving financial problems
- Support for those living with violence or abuse issues
- Support in solving judicial problems (community work or petitions for pardon)
- Learning communication and problem-solving strategies
- Development of attitudes for keeping a job or staying in school
- Development of basic social skills
- Career and academic counselling
- Assistance in developing motivation and perseverance
- Assistance in overcoming obstacles to participation
- Assistance in making contacts with employers
- Workshops on job-search tools and techniques
- Training for acquiring skills such as operating a cash register, customer service, introduction to computers, or health and occupational safety services
- Learning a trade in a not-for-profit organization
- On-the-job supervised work experience
- Student auditor (student for a day)
- Job shadowing
- Formulas for occupational tutoring or mentoring
- Career exploration laboratory
- Volunteer activities
- Access to employment projects
- Participation in various youth initiatives, such as Connexion compétence, Chantiers jeunesse or opportunities for working abroad (OFQJ/OQAJ), developed by community or employability organizations or government agencies
Who to call for more information
Marie-Eve in Granby at 450 776-7700
Valérie in Cowansville at 450 266-0993 or toll free at 1 877 253-1635
This project is made possible thanks to the financial support of