Education is a key factor in giving street kids the tools to change their lives. Not all kids choose to pursue their education, but for those who do, the educational programs offered by Dans la rue provide an important stepping stone towards a happy, healthy, productive future.
The Emmett Johns School
The school at Chez Pops has been offering high school courses since 1997. But this is no ordinary school: the curriculum and teaching methods are adapted to the needs of streets kids and include coaching in basic learning methodologies, time management, priority setting, job hunting skills and many other skills our kids need to acquire in order to thrive in the school system or in the job market.
The school is staffed by specially trained teachers from the CREP (Centre des ressources éducatives et pédagogiques) who work with students throughout the school year and coordinate closely with an outreach counsellor who ensures psychosocial follow-up for each student. There are also volunteer teachers who help round out the teaching staff.
Dans la rue also has a scholarship fund in place (endowed by the CN Employees and Pensioners Fund) to allow students to pursue their educational goals after they finish their schooling with us, whether in high school, professional trade school, CEGEP or university.
Concordia — Dans la rue Project
This innovative initiative matches Dans la rue high school students with students enrolled in the Design Art Program at Concordia University for weekly on-campus workshops throughout the academic year. The program allows our kids to develop computer skills (imaging, music mixing, 3D animation, video editing) while working toward high school Computer Science credits.
In addition to learning the latest technologies, our students are given the opportunity to bond with their Concordia counterparts and discover first hand that attending university is not an impossible dream for them.