The Programme qualification des jeunes (PQJ) offers youth support as they transition to adulthood. It allows them to integrate or realize a socially fulfilling life project. The PQJ supports developing the power of youth to take action and works with partners in the community.
The PQJ supports the most vulnerable youth and those at risk of marginalization, aged 16 to 25, who are receiving or have received protective and rehabilitative services under the Youth Protection Act .
Certain admission criteria must be met, including the following:
Be between the ages of 16 and 25
Have an independent life project (with no possibility of returning to the family home or a very small possibility)
Be willing to accept the support offered and the objectives targeted by the program
A social worker with the CISSS or CIUSSS who is already involved with the youth can refer him or her once the youth has turned 15 years old.
Objective of the Programme qualification des jeunes
The PQJ aims to increase the chances that youth gradually integrate into a socially fulfilling life project and make a smooth transition to adulthood.
Its objective is to:
empower youth and their families in their steps toward independence;
encourage community involvement;
mobilize the resources available to support the needs of youth.
Description of the Programme qualification des jeunes
The PQJ includes three main learning components:
Preparation for adulthood teaches youth to meet their daily responsibilities and provides them with:
Residential and security stability (search for, pay for, maintain housing)
Personal finance management
Social skills development
Management of personal care, health, and so on.
Qualification allows the youth to gain the knowledge, expertise and interpersonal skills needed for them to integrate at work or training, go back to school or continue their studies.
The development of a social network and support network allows the youth to create a net of safety and mutual aid, and refer to community resources, among others, in response to their needs.