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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Boutique de Noël

Boutique de Noël

Students committed to running a small thriving business

The Boutique de Noël sells very special and totally unique products, made by committed students who are proud of their designs. That’s because the project members create various objects using salvaged and recycled materials, turning them into Christmas decorations. Because there are virtually no shops of its kind in the Témiscouata region, the Boutique de Noël meets a real need in its community. When their boutique opened last November, it generated more than $3,000 in sales revenue, which was then reinvested in articles and activities for students. Praised for the quality of their workmanship, many members discovered unknown passions and hidden talents.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Briller de tout bois

Briller de tout bois

Students committed to salvaging wood to create unique fashion accessories

In order to provide its woodworking trainees with state-of-the-art equipment, the high school needed to find a way of financing the purchase of a digital wood carver and it was the Dolbeau-Mistassini Rotary Club that came to the rescue. In return for their assistance, the Club asked that the students create a gift that could be offered to members at one of their events. The partnership led to an initiative that was both artistic and motivating: the students decided to make wooden bowties and bracelets with wooden charms. And the project has been beneficial to all concerned. For the school, it was an opportunity to build ties with the community, for the students, it was a chance to use their creativity and develop their entrepreneurial skills while boosting their self-esteem and sense of responsibility and for the Rotary Club, it was a way of offering a unique gift. What’s more, the initiative was also a means of recycling materials that would normally have just been thrown away. Educational, original and ecological, you can’t get much better than that!


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery

Students committed to using creativity to increase their perseverance at school

A group of 15 students in the special needs program set themselves quite a challenge: that of developing three murder mystery game prototypes and then submitting them to a Québec publishing company. Divided into three teams, the students chose a theme, wrote the synopsis, developed the characters and composed the dialogues. In order to put their creations to the test, they organized a murder mystery evening which attracted a great deal of interest at school! Although writing and teamwork are not easy tasks for these students, together they managed to meet the challenge. The 13 to 15 year olds are now more motivated than ever and have shown a brand new way of persevering at school.

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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Rassembler pour l’amitié

Rassembler pour l’amitié

Students committed to bringing local residents together to celebrate Christmas

The Christmas festivities held in Normandin last December were given a whole new meaning. When a municipal representative appealed for ideas for creating a rallying event for the annual tree lighting ceremony, a group of students answered the call for ideas for this family event with boundless ingenuity. They began by building a wooden, hand-decorated wall which would shelter children from the wind. Students in the music concentration program sang Christmas carols, lights were strung, there was hot chocolate for all and a burning wood fire. They even organized a paper lantern release to symbolize world peace. On the day, no less than 300 people – children, teenagers, adults and seniors – gathered together in the city park to experience this magical moment. There were smiles, children’s laughter and the sound of everyone humming along to the songs in unison: the atmosphere was truly festive and the young organizers can definitely say Mission Accomplished!


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 La course au secondaire

La course au secondaire

Students committed to running between Québec City and Montréal and adopting a healthy lifestyle

For the past six years, students at Jean-Gauthier high school have taken part in a unique challenge in mid-May called the Course au secondaire. During this 270-km relay race between Québec City and Montréal, 40 students take it in turns to cover the entire distance in a period of 36 hours. To attain their personal objectives, they need to start training three times a week as early as November. What’s amazing is that some of them have a hard time running for just five minutes at the first training sessions but end up being able to run their allotted 30 km, rain or shine. Quite a feat! To finance the challenge, the students – who are often from underprivileged backgrounds – carry out various fund-raising initiatives: the search for sponsors, bagging groceries at the supermarket, odd jobs during the Jeux du Québec, raffles… The months spent preparing and training on a regular basis teach them the importance of perseverance, commitment and solidarity, all qualities which will benefit them long after the race is over.


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 La lecture pour Noël

La lecture pour Noël

Students committed to spreading the joys of reading

The La lecture pour Noël project was developed by a group of students on the solidarity committee at Roger-Comtois high school. The project members began by collecting used books, games, films and records and then selling them in their community. They managed to raise more than $1,800 and this sum was increased through funds collected thanks to the volunteer work of some of the students and a grant, bringing the total to over $6,000. This enabled them to purchase 473 new books which they subsequently handed out in person to students at two elementary schools in underprivileged neighbourhoods. Their goal? To share the joys of reading with toddlers, as a means of helping them to succeed at school.


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Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 À l'unisson pour la Fondation

À l'unisson pour la Fondation

Students committed to raising funds to help provide adequate food to their peers

At Cité étudiante high school in Roberval, when ice cream goes back on sale at lunchtime and recess, it’s usually a sign that spring has arrived but it also ushers in the relaunch of another initiative that benefits one and all. Every cone and

tub of ice cream sold are not only small pleasures for those eating them, they are also a means of raising funds to provide lunch for students who would otherwise have to get through the day on an empty stomach. It was Keven Duchesne, a student in the individualized learning program, who came up with this creative fund-raising idea for the Foundation and his idea was backed by all members of staff, the school administration, students and community organizations. Over the past two years, the project has helped raise a total of $800 for the Cité étudiante foundation and provided no fewer than 160 lunches for less fortunate students. And it has to be said that an initiative that enables young people to satisfy their sweet tooth while giving fellow students the chance to satisfy their hunger is a very delicious idea indeed!


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 Kenya project

Kenya project

Students committed to providing Kenya with drinking water

Élisabeth Bussières came back from a two-month trip to Nakuru, Kenya, with a desire to help, to make a difference. In Nakuru, residents are badly affected by water scarcity and every day, women have to walk dozens of kilometres just to bring back a small amount of water to their village. Determined to do something to help them, she mobilized a group of Secondary 1 girls around the Kenya project. The girls carry out fund-raising activities to purchase storage tanks for collecting rainwater. More than $2,000 has been raised up to now and one reservoir has already been installed in Nakuru, with two more on their way very soon


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Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 AVCdefg… La vie continue!

AVCdefg… La vie continue!

Students committed to supporting a friend while raising public awareness of stroke

In September 2016, students witnessed a tragic event: one of their classmates suffered a stroke. Deeply shaken, they decided to join forces to help their friend and his family. To do this, they organized a benefit evening to raise funds as well as make as many people as possible aware of stroke and its consequences. Held under the theme “AVCdefg… La vie continue!” (Stroke, life goes on!), the activity was organized from A to Z by students, who are all 14 and 15 years old, and featured a benefit dinner, conference and dance. And their activity, organized in partnership with the Fondation Élan, brought together an entire community.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 La Grande Odyssée musicale

La Grande Odyssée musicale

Students committed to using their talents in the performing arts to support their school foundation

The Grande Odyssée musicale, a large-scale show produced every year by students and staff at L’Odyssée Lafontaine/Dominique-Racine high school, is one of the most anticipated cultural events in the Chicoutimi area. Approximately one hundred people – students, community volunteers, teachers and other collaborators – join forces to stage this high-calibre musical revue with the goal of raising money to fill the school foundation’s coffers. Through the sale of tickets to the show, they manage to raise around $10,000 and this precious money is then used to help students enrol in sports or cultural activities, join a sports or art concentration program or purchase the required clothing for the activity. The project is a perfect example of the type of initiative that enables schools to gain recognition in the community while showcasing the positive impact and potential of young people.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2017-07-12 DéJEUNErs

DéJEUNErs

Students committed to getting their day off to a good start!

Every morning, from 7am to 9am, approximately thirty students head to the cafeteria at Vallée-des-Lacs high school. In a friendly spirit, these young people meet together and chat among themselves. On the menu: breakfast for all! At a school like this one, with a high deprivation level, providing students with a proper meal is important. The service is managed entirely by two Secondary 5 students who look after the management, registrations, accounting, food orders and the volunteer schedules. And in the mornings, it is the responsibility of ten other student volunteers to prepare the breakfasts and greet the participating students, bringing happiness to all.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord

2017-07-12 Les Cousins de Fréchette

Les Cousins de Fréchette

Students committed to using entertainment to promote community civility and engagement

Les Cousins de Fréchette is a project set up by six students at Fréchette high school seeking to express themselves through video. The budding filmmakers undertake all aspects of their productions: from the conception stage to the editing, writing and even acting in front of the camera. As well as producing videos during special events and theme weeks, such as the one focusing on community civility, they have another major achievement under their belt, one that benefits all young people in their community: they raised $50,000 to construct a skatepark after successfully rallying everyone around the project. Some of their videos have been viewed more than 5,500 times on YouTube and the school staff and administration say they’ve noticed a marked improvement in the overall atmosphere at school. And their talents have attracted attention well beyond the borders of their hometown as the team is currently working on a video for the public health department. It just goes to show that the next generation of filmmakers shows great promise!


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Magasin du monde

Magasin du monde

Students committed to promoting the values of solidarity and social justice through the sale of fair-trade products

For the fourth year in a row, students at école d'éducation internationale de Laval high school have fervently demonstrated that action taken locally can have a large-scale impact at the other side of the world thanks to their Magasin du monde project. Through the sale of fair-trade products, these young entrepreneurs promote the values of solidarity and social justice while optimizing their engagement by setting up awareness campaigns. In addition to acquiring administrative, marketing and management skills, the students strictly follow the principles of the redistribution of wealth. During the first three years they were open, they donated all their profits, which totalled over $3,000, to support international projects carried out by Oxfam-Québec and help a local organization to pursue its mission.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Atelier de réparation de vélos

Atelier de réparation de vélos

Students committed to giving abandoned bicycles a second life and offering them to students from less fortunate families

Three years ago, when Jean-François Paquette, a teacher at Saint-Jean-Baptiste high school, noticed that a lot of students didn’t own a bike to get around, he decided to remedy the situation. To do so, he set up a bike repair shop with the help of a small group of young people with the goal of refurbishing abandoned bicycles and then giving them to students from less fortunate families. After finding just a few bikes here there and everywhere at the beginning, the crew started forging ties with public partners, which enabled them to get their hands on a greater number of bikes. Although they only managed to recondition and donate a few bikes the first year, Mr. Paquette and his team of young volunteers gave away 44 bicycles free of charge last year, thereby providing students with an active means of transport that helps them stay in shape.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Défi Pierre Lavoie

Défi Pierre Lavoie

Students committed to improving their fitness and lifestyle through a rallying project

Running the 275 kilometres separating Montréal and Québec City, in one direction or the other, is a challenge students at Mgr-A.-M.-Parent high school have been taking up for the past six years. The project, which is part of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, provides support to the student participants through a carefully structured training program and offers an unparalleled group experience. As for the goal, to each his own: weight loss, fitness, healthy eating habits, desire for success, academic motivation or new friendships, anything goes. Rain or shine, the group of runners hit the streets surrounding the school in order to be in top shape when the big day finally arrives. And on the day in question, by taking it in turns, they will cover the entire distance in approximately 30 hours and each participant will have run the equivalent of a marathon. When all is said and done, they will each have attained their personal goal while realizing they all have something in common: perseverance.


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Voyage humanitaire à Haïti

Students committed to providing assistance to people in a country that has been very hard hit over the years


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Brigade NOEL

Students committed to making their school a respectful and stimulating living environment for everyone

Since the Brigade NOEL (Nous On Est Là!) support group was set up at Du Versant high school, denunciations of bullying incidents have increased by 20%, which in turn has helped restore a sense of security at the school. This is a dramatic result considering that the main actors behind the project are all students themselves. The Brigade is made up of 14 students from Secondary 3 through 5 and is dedicated to helping young people experiencing hard times or caught in conflict relationships. The Brigade’s volunteer members have all received prior training in counselling and can thus recognize signs of distress, respond to confidences and refer students to the appropriate resources. They are also on the frontline when it comes to setting up theme weeks aimed at raising awareness of various issues.


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Collecte de sang du PEI à l’ESHG

Students committed to encouraging blood donations that help save lives

When a group of students in the international education program at Hormisdas-Gamelin high school found out that only 3% of people in Québec who are eligible to give blood actually do so, they decided they wanted to increase this figure and did so by organizing a blood drive on February 6 in collaboration with Héma-Québec. To make their event a success, Justine Veilleux and Sabryna Laroche, the two students in charge of the project, had already begun their preparations the previous October. They had no time to lose as they needed to build a team of volunteers, plan the logistics, develop a communications plan and start raising awareness in their community of the importance of blood donation. And everything was in place when the big day finally arrived and, thanks to the sustained efforts of the entire team of student volunteers, a total of 191 people gave blood.


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ESGVert

Students committed to raising awareness among all students and staff of the importance of reducing their ecological footprint

“And what if we decided to take environmental protection into our own hands?” It must have been something along these lines that a group of students at Grande-Rivière high school said to themselves when they decided to join forces to set up the ESGVert committee, whose goal is to propose, implement and oversee numerous green actions. Whether it’s by restoring an abandoned greenhouse to supply vegetables to the student coffee shop, orchestrating an energy and water consumption awareness campaign, advocating the installation of two water fountains adapted for refilling bottles or developing a tree planting project for the school grounds, the ESGVert committee has amply proved its worth and its ability to bring about change. Irrespective of the type of activity, the committee has set itself the goal of raising awareness among all students and staff of the importance of reducing their ecological footprint.


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Groupe d’entraide ESSC

Des élèves engagés à instaurer un climat de confiance et d’entraide favorisant la résolution de problématiques


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Petits Gestes Monde Heureux

Des élèves engagés à réchauffer les cœurs et à rendre la vie plus agréable autour d’eux

Grâce à leur projet Petits Gestes Monde Heureux, des élèves de la Polyvalente de l’Érablière prouvent qu’avec une simple attention, il est possible de générer beaucoup de bonheur. Que ce soit en fabriquant et en remettant un signet de vœux d’anniversaire aux élèves, en distribuant une collation-surprise ou un chocolat chaud lors d’une froide journée d’hiver, en affichant des réflexions sur le bonheur ou en déneigeant les voitures des enseignants à la fin des classes, la douzaine d’élèves à l’origine du projet, vivant par ailleurs tous avec une déficience intellectuelle, ont su au cours des derniers mois réjouir les cœurs des 1000 élèves et 200 membres du personnel de l’école. Par leur engagement volontaire, ils ont contribué à développer la compassion, l’entraide, le respect des différences et l’amitié partout autour d’eux.


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