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Youth

Caisse Desjardins du Cœur des Hautes-Laurentides has a long tradition of involvement with local youth. This is why it is so enthusiastic about the massive concerted effort being made by all Desjardins components toward youth outreach.

Your caisse is proud to support the following projects or organizations:

  • Place aux jeunes
  • Coopérative jeunesse de services
  • Aventure T
  • Wow théâtre
  • And many more

Caisse Desjardins du Cœur des Hautes-Laurentides also contributes to Fondation Desjardins, which gives out over a half million dollars in bursaries each year.

School caisse

To help introduce children to sound savings habits at an early age, Caisse Desjardins du Cœur des Hautes-Laurentides actively supports the educational school caisse services at many schools.

Desjardins Assistance Fund program

The assistance fund program is available to help people 18 and above, either students or the general public, who occasionally need financial help and who have the ability to repay small loans. This project is an initiative of Desjardins Youth.

Goals of the program:

  • Support people who are in unstable financial positions and who want to regain control of their finances by providing occasional tide-over loans.
  • Loan money to young people for essential needs once the borrowers' ability to repay is determined.
  • Help people re-enter a normal credit cycle.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Need occasional small loans.
  • Be a member of a Desjardins caisse and meet Desjardins's financing criteria.
  • Receive services from a partnering organization.
  • Fill out a loan application to be analyzed by an approval committee.
  • Commit to respecting the agreed-upon repayment terms.

For more information, contact the following partnering organizations:

  • Défi emploi d'Antoine-Labelle
  • Centre Christ-Roy
  • La Griffe d'Alpha
  • Centre de formation professionnelle
  • UQAT, secteur Mont-Laurier
  • Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, campus Mont-Laurier

Youth Focus plan

The Youth Focus plan run by the Desjardins caisse populaires in Zone de la Lièvre includes a whole range of activities for young 15- :to :30-year-olds in the MRC d'Antoine-Labelle territory:

  • Financial and community conferences put on for the students of the Polyvalente Saint-Joseph
  • Student bursaries
  • Radio show produced with the local radio station CFLO FM
  • Assistance program for adults experiencing financial difficulties
  • Job shadowing and training internships
  • Financial support for various existing youth programs and participation in certain committees issued from community projects

For information about youth initiatives by the Desjardins caisses in Zone de la Lièvre, contact Johanne Villeneuve by e-mail.

The Caisse Desjardins de Mont-Laurier also contributes to Fondation Desjardins, which gives out over a half million dollars in bursaries each year. In :2008, Kevin Lavoie, a university student from Notre-Dame-du-Laus, received a $1,200 :bursary.

A Fondation Desjardins bursary winner in our region (in French only, PDF, 21 KB)

School caisse

To help introduce children to sound savings habits at an early age, the Caisse Desjardins de Mont-Laurier actively supports the educational school caisse services at the Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste and Saint-Joachim schools.


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