Our partner organizations

Desjardins Foundation supports many organizations that work to support academic success through their expertise in specific areas and direct work with youth. We also work with partner organizations to develop tools for parents to help and support them in their parental role.

Our youth need recognition and acknowledgement to persist. It's up to us to support and encourage them.

The kit is for parents, so they can help their kids in school. It contains useful tools and tips from Alloprof Parents (site in French only), including stickers, charts to help with the homework routine and tips to reduce test anxiety.

Order a kit (cost: $5)

The kit's tools are also available as printable PDFs:

This flier is for young people who are entering the job market. It has information on workers' rights and tips on balancing school and work to ensure that work doesn't prevent a young person from succeeding academically. It was created with the help of our partners, Éducaloi and Instances régionales de concertation sur la persévérance scolaire et la réussite éducative (IRC).

See Everything you need to know before starting your first job (PDF, 1.01 MB) - This link will open in a new window..

This flier was created in partnership with the Vanguard Centre of Expertise. It gives parents simple tips on learning disability signs to watch for in their child and lists resources that can help them succeed academically.

See Detecting learning disabilities in children (PDF, 1.12 MB) - This link will open in a new window..

Fondation Jasmin Roy and Desjardins Foundation worked together to create The Emotion Game. It's a fun game for children ages 3 to 7 and their parents. The game helps children understand their emotions, put their feelings into words and develop skills that will help them behave in a positive way in school.

Order - This link will open in a new window. the game (cost: $5).

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Game also available in a printable PDF: The Emotion Game (PDF, 2.41 MB) - This link will open in a new window. .

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The Emotion Game instructions (1 min 12 s)

Discover how you can have fun with your child in the world of emotions.

Text transcript The Emotion Game instructions

Created in partnership with the Kids Help Phone organization, the flier is a simple tool for parents. It contains tips to help adults identify the signs that a problematic situation is affecting the well-being of a child or the mental health of a family member. When talking to an adult is not an option, Kids Help Phone provides kids throughout Canada with professional counselling and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

See the Lending A Kid a Helping Hand (PDF, 490 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

The guide features tools to help parents detect violent situations and help their children. It was published in partnership with Fondation Jasmin Roy - External link. This link will open in a new window. as part of the Grandes rencontres, a training session tour for people working in academic institutions that aims to provide tools to fight school violence and bullying.

Learn more about the Grandes rencontres - External link. This link will open in a new window..

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See the Information guide for parents on school violence and bullying (PDF, 1.67 MB) - This link will open in a new window..

MESA - Volume 1

The guide is for the parents of children from grade 5 to secondary 2. It offers resources and references to help the students with school and their career choice.

Consulter le guide Mon en fant, son 
avenir  - Volume 1 (in French only)  - This link will open in a new window

See Mon enfant, son avenir - Volume 1 (in French only, PDF, 7.4 MB) - This link will open in a new window..

MESA - Volume 2

Volume 2 is for parents of teenagers from secondary 3 to 5. Just like Volume 1, the guide offers a wealth of resources, but with a deeper focus on career choice at this crucial time in the teenagers' academic path.

Consulter le guide Mon en 
fant, son avenir  - Volume 2 (in French only)  - This link will open in a new window

See Mon enfant, son avenir - Volume 2 (in French only, PDF, 8.2 MB) - This link will open in a new window..

To help young people achieve their full potential, we contribute to their educational success in 3 ways:

  • By supporting their studies
  • By preparing them for the job market
  • By helping them solve their problems

In support of education

Alliance Sport-Études

We recognize CEGEP and university student athletes who pursue full-time studies while practicing high-performance amateur sports.

Learn more about Alliance Sport-Études - This link will open in a new window..

Alloprof

We support Alloprof Parents, which provides parents with a multitude of tools related to their concerns about their children’s academic progress. Parents can use the web platform to view articles, videos and downloadable resources. They also have access to an online forum, video conferences and a telephone service to speak directly with experts.

Learn more about Alloprof (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window. and Alloprof Parents (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window..

Association des directeurs généraux des commissions scolaires (ADIGECS)

Gérard-Chabot scholarships are awarded to high school students to recognize their community involvement and encourage them to pursue their studies.

Learn more about ADIGECS (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window..

Auberges du cœur

We provide young people staying at the Auberges the tools they need to pursue their studies. The funds donated by Desjardins Foundation go to meet each centre's specific needs, such as tutoring services, school supplies or computers.

Learn more about Auberges du cœur (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window..

Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec

We support new musical talent in Quebec by awarding scholarships to students at all 7 conservatories in Québec, to help them pursue their musical studies.

Learn more about Fondation du Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window..

EdCan Network

We support the production and distribution of The Facts on Education newsletters, which popularize educational research to make it accessible to the largest number of parents and teachers possible, promoting young people’s academic success.

Learn more about the EdCan Network - This link will open in a new window..

Educaid

We sponsor disadvantaged students from Secondary 3 through the end of Secondary 5 to help them meet their needs and stay in school. The PERSÉVÉRA program is an important source of motivation for them. We're able to help them graduate from high school.

Learn more about Educaid - This link will open in a new window..

Éducaloi

We support the educational component of Éducaloi by helping the organization continue to offer free legal information in schools to nearly 50,000 students each year. The free educational resources offered by Éducaloi allow educators to include legal content in their classes and activities. The Youth Zone section of the Éducaloi website features over 100 articles on topics geared to 12-17 year-olds.

Learn more about Éducaloi - This link will open in a new window..

Jeunes musiciens du monde

We help the organization systemize its musical and social pedagogical approach, allowing hundreds of children and teens in high-risk environments to have fun learning music to help them develop their full potential.

Learn more about Jeunes musiciens du monde - This link will open in a new window..

Leucan

Our contribution to the Leucan assistance fund helps cancer-stricken children and their siblings pursue their schooling. The fund assists families affected by the disease to help foster their children's academic success.

Learn more about Leucan - This link will open in a new window..

Lire et faire lire

The goal of the reading program is to help kids discover the joys of reading and develop a love for books, and foster intergenerational links. Our contribution provides support to local branches in Quebec and Ontario to increase the program's outreach.

Learn more about Lire et faire lire (site in French only)

Literacy Foundation

We support the 20th edition of The Gift of Reading program, a drive to collect books to be distributed to underprivileged children to prevent reading and writing difficulties that can lead to dropping out of school and then illiteracy.

Learn more about The Gift of Reading - This link will open in a new window..

New Pathways

We award Towards a First Diploma scholarships to First Nations high school students who stand out for their motivation to stay in school, to help them pursue their studies and get their high school diploma.

Learn more about New Pathways Foundation - This link will open in a new window..

Portage

We sponsor teenagers and young adults from Quebec and Ontario who turn to Portage for help staying in school. These young people can get help throughout their school career, all the way to graduation.

Learn more about Portage - This link will open in a new window..

Vanguard Foundation

We support the work of the Vanguard Centre of Expertise in developing tools and knowledge tailored to students with learning disabilities. Support is offered in the form of training sessions for teachers and workshops for parents.

Learn more about Vanguard Foundation of Expertise.


Preparation for the job market

Academos

We contribute to the development of educational guidance tools by Academos, a social media platform that introduces 14- to-30-year-olds to the realities of the labour market and helps them determine what they want to do professionally. Academos also gives mentors the opportunity to share their passion with the next generation while helping them stay in school.

Learn more about Academos (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window..

Canadian Political Science Association

We give young Canadian graduates the opportunity to do an internship at the Ottawa Parliament, providing an immersion into Canadian democratic life.

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Développement international Desjardins (DID)

We award DID grants to young graduates to allow them to complete professional internships abroad, contributing to their skills development and future employability.

Learn more about international internships offered by DID - This link will open in a new window..

Fondation pour l'éducation à la coopération et à la mutualité

We promote the realization and outreach of collective cooperative and entrepreneurship projects among Quebec youth. The Fondation pour l'éducation à la coopération et à la mutualité develops tools to help elementary school teachers carry out and promote collective cooperative and entrepreneurship projects among their students.

Learn more about Fondation pour l'éducation à la coopération et à la mutualité (site in French only) - This link will open in a new window..

JeunesExplo

We help promote JeunesExplo – Stages d'un jour day internships for thousands of Secondary 4 and 5 students, to help them learn about the workplace and better get to know the job they hope to have someday.

Learn more about JeunesExplo (site in French only)

Literacy Foundation

We award I Don't Give Up, I'm a Winner bursaries to underscore the perseverance and determination of adults who have successfully undertaken efforts to acquire literacy skills.

Learn more about Literacy Foundation - This link will open in a new window..

Réseau des centres de formation en entreprise et récupération (CFER)

We award scholarships to young people who show determination and surpass themselves despite roadblocks experienced over the course of their training in CFER centres.

Learn more about the CFER network - This link will open in a new window..


Help to those who need it

Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais

We support the Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais and its 360 workshops, an initiative that uses virtual reality to make high school students aware of the negative impact of violence and bullying in school. Our contribution also funds educational material that uses the whimsical world of puppetry to explain the difference to children and to give parents and teachers the tools they need to promote the development of relationship skills.

Learn more about Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais - This link will open in a new window..

Kids Help Phone

Our support helps make online chat services easier to access, as young people looking for guidance are using chat services more and more. Kids Help Phone is the only organization available to kids all across Canada, providing a lifeline to young people who have nowhere else to turn. Kids Help Phone offers free and anonymous assistance through a variety of services, as well as access to online resources.

Learn more about Kids Help Phone.

Apply for a partnership with Desjardins Foundation

Fill out the partnership application form (PDF, 253 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

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