Tools and resources

Tools and resources

Tools and resources to help kids stay in school and succeed

The Desjardins Foundation supports many organizations that work to promote academic success. We also partner with organizations to develop tools to help parents and teachers.

Our youth need recognition and acknowledgement to stay motivated in school. It's up to us to support and encourage them.

Tools

The Emotion Game

Created by the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation, The Emotion Game helps children understand their emotions and put their feelings into words so they can adopt positive behaviours in school.

Partner organizations and other resources

Explaining differences to kids

Our contribution to the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation also funds the development of educational videos that use puppetry to explain differences to children and to give you tools to promote the development of relationship skills.

See the video series: Fostering healthy relationships with autistic children in early childhood

See the video series Healthy relationships with children with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Jeunes musiciens du monde

We help the organization systemize its musical and social pedagogical approach, allowing thousands 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 (site in French only)

Lire et faire lire

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

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

Tools

Keep-Your-Cool School Kit from Alloprof Parents

This kit will allow you to help your kids with school. It contains useful tools and tips, including stickers with supportive messages, homework routine charts and tips to reduce test anxiety.

Order a kit (5$)

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

Detecting learning disabilities in children

Created in partnership with the Vanguard Centre of Expertise, this tool provides learning disability signs to watch for in your child and resources so you can help your child succeed in school.

See Detecting learning disabilities in children

Partner organizations and other resources

Alloprof

We support Alloprof Parents, which provides a wide range of tools related to children's education.

Articles, downloadable resources, videos and videoconferences are available, as well as an online forum and phone service to speak directly with experts.

Learn more about Alloprof Parents (site in French only)

Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in young people

We have helped Youth Fusion launch an entrepreneurship program at several rural, urban and aboriginal schools. Tailored to K-12 students most at risk of dropping out of school, this program introduces them to the business world by having them create and experience the daily reality of an organization in a field they’re excited about–all within the school context. Throughout the school year, they develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and organization, alongside other disciplines including languages, math, technology and finance.

Articles, downloadable resources, videos and videoconferences are available, as well as an online forum and phone service to speak directly with experts.

Learn more about the entrepreneurship program

Learning disabilities

We support the work of the Vanguard Centre of Expertise in developing tools for students with learning disabilities.

Support is offered in the form of training sessions for teachers and workshops for parents.

Learn more about theVanguard Centre
of Expertise

Explaining differences to kids

Our contribution to the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation also funds the development of educational videos that use puppetry to explain differences to children and to give you tools to promote the development of relationship skills.

See the video series: Fostering healthy relationships with autistic children in early childhood

See the video series Healthy relationships with children with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Tools

Keep-Your-Cool School Kit from Alloprof Parents

This kit is for parents so they can help their kids with school. It contains useful tools and tips, including stickers with supportive messages, homework routine charts and tips to reduce test anxiety.

Order a kit (5$)

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

Mental health awareness

We support Fondation Jeunes en tête in their mission to prevent mental distress in young people ages 11 to 18. We contribute to a Quebec-wide program for students in Secondary 1 that teaches them to build good mental health habits. Our support also helps to create tools for parents, teenagers and teachers, including:

See all tools

Virtual reality to raise awareness

We support the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation 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.

Learn more about the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation

Pamphlet on balancing work and school

If your students are entering the job market, this tool is for them. It has information on workers' rights and tips on balancing school and work.

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

Pamphlet: Lending a kid a helping hand

Created in partnership with Kids Help Phone, this pamphlet identifies the signs that a problematic situation is affecting your child's well-being and explains how you can help.

See Lending A Kid A Helping Hand

Partner organizations and other resources

Helping young people find their dream job

We are proud to support Academos in their mission of helping young people find a career that excites them. We help by contributing to the development of their mentoring platform, which allows young people to chat with professionals in various fields, as well as by creating content for parents guiding their kids during this milestone.

Learn more about Academos

Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in young people

We have helped Youth Fusion launch an entrepreneurship program at several rural, urban and aboriginal schools. Tailored to K-12 students most at risk of dropping out of school, this program introduces them to the business world by having them create and experience the daily reality of an organization in a field they’re excited about–all within the school context. Throughout the school year, they develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and organization, alongside other disciplines including languages, math, technology and finance.

Learn more about the entrepreneurship program

Virtual reality to raise awareness

We support the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation 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.

Learn more about the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation

Scholarships to help students stay in school

To help keep kids in school, we award scholarships in partnership with several organizations:

Support for young people who need help

Our contributions to Kids Help Phone makes the organization's live chat services more accessible, as it's a common method of communication among young people seeking help.

Kids Help Phone offers free, 24/7 professional counselling and information to young people across Canada who need help and have nowhere else to turn.

Learn more about Kids Help Phone

Tools for increasing self-esteem

We support the organization Kids Now, which provides tools to grade 7 and 8 students across Ontario to help build their self-esteem and empower them to believe they deserve to make positive choices.

Learn more about Kids Now

Mental health awareness

Do you want to learn more about mental health? Fondation Jeunes en tête offers a complete toolkit, which includes tools and tips on how adolescence works, how to react when things go wrong and how to keep your mental balance on a daily basis. Here’s an overview:

See all tools

Balancing work and school

If you're gearing up for your first job, this pamphlet is for you. It has information on workers' rights and tips on how to balance school and work.

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 the pamphlet: Everything you need to know before starting your first job

Scholarships to help students stay in school

To help keep kids in school, we award scholarships in partnership with several organizations:

Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in young people

We have helped Youth Fusion launch an entrepreneurship program at several rural, urban and aboriginal schools. Tailored to K-12 students most at risk of dropping out of school, this program introduces them to the business world by having them create and experience the daily reality of an organization in a field they’re excited about–all within the school context. Throughout the school year, they develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and organization, alongside other disciplines including languages, math, technology and finance.

Learn more about the entrepreneurship program

Support for young people in Portage rehab programs

We sponsor teenagers and young adults in Quebec and Ontario who need help staying in school due to substance abuse-related issues.

These students can get help throughout their high school career, all the way to graduation.

Learn more about Portage

Academos, to find your dream job

Do you know about Academos? It's an app to help you find your dream job. This social networking platform introduces young people to the working world and helps them determine what they want to do professionally.

You can talk with mentors who work in a field you're interested in.

Learn more about Academos

Parliament Hill internships

We give young Canadian university graduates the opportunity to intern on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where they become fully immersed in Canadian democratic life.

Learn more about the Canadian Political Science Association

Help for young people at Auberges du cœur

We provide young people staying in Auberge du cœur youth shelters the tools they need to stay in school. The funds donated by the Desjardins Foundation go towards meeting each centre's specific needs, which may include tutoring services, school supplies and computers.

Learn more about Auberges du cœur
(site in French only)

Literacy scholarships

We award I Don't Give Up, I'm a Winner! scholarships to recognize the perseverance and determination of adults who have successfully made efforts to improve their literacy skills.

Learn more about the Literacy Foundation

Support when you need it

If talking to an adult you trust is not an option, Kids Help Phone offers free, 24/7 professional counselling and information to young people across Canada.

Our support makes the organization's live chat services more accessible, as it's a common method of communication among young people who seek help.

Learn more about Kids Help Phone

Tools

The Emotion Game

Created by the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation, The Emotion Game helps children understand their emotions and put their feelings into words so they can adopt positive behaviours in school.

Keep-Your-Cool School Kit from Alloprof Parents

This kit is for parents so they can help their kids with school. It contains useful tools and tips, including stickers with supportive messages, homework routine charts and tips to reduce test anxiety.

Order a kit (5$)

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

Detecting learning disabilities

Created in partnership with the Vanguard Centre of Expertise, this tool provides learning disability signs to watch for in your students and resources so you can help your students succeed in school.

See Detecting learning disabilities in children

Partner organizations and other resources

Alloprof Parents

We support Alloprof Parents, which provides a wide range of tools related to children's education.

Articles, downloadable resources, videos and videoconferences are available, as well as an online forum and phone service to speak directly with experts.

Learn more about Alloprof Parents (site in French only)

Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in young people

We have helped Youth Fusion launch an entrepreneurship program at several rural, urban and aboriginal schools. Tailored to K-12 students most at risk of dropping out of school, this program introduces them to the business world by having them create and experience the daily reality of an organization in a field they’re excited about–all within the school context. Throughout the school year, they develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and organization, alongside other disciplines including languages, math, technology and finance. If you'd like to participate in this program with your students, check out their project platform.

Explaining differences to kids

Our contribution to the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation also funds the development of educational videos that use puppetry to explain differences to children and to give you tools to promote the development of relationship skills.

See the video series: Fostering healthy relationships with autistic children in early childhood

See the video series Healthy relationships with children with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Learning disabilities

We support the work of the Vanguard Centre of Expertise in developing tools for students with learning disabilities.

Support is offered in the form of training sessions for teachers and workshops for parents.

Learn more about the Vanguard Centre
of Expertise

Jeunes musiciens du monde

We help the organization systemize its musical and social pedagogical approach, allowing thousands 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 (site in French only)

Lire et faire lire

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

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

Tools

Mental health awareness

We support Fondation Jeunes en tête in their mission to prevent mental distress in young people ages 11 to 18. We contribute to a Quebec-wide program for students in Secondary 1 that teaches them to build good mental health habits. Our support also helps to create tools for parents, teenagers and teachers, including:

Learn more about school workshops

See all tools

Pamphlet on balancing work and school

If your students are entering the job market, this tool is for them. It has information on workers' rights and tips on balancing school and work.

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

Keep-Your-Cool School Kit from Alloprof Parents

This kit is for parents so they can help their kids with school. It contains useful tools and tips, including stickers with supportive messages, homework routine charts and tips to reduce test anxiety.

Order a kit (5$)

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

Partner organizations and other resources

Alloprof Parents

We support Alloprof Parents, which provides a wide range of tools related to children's education.

Articles, downloadable resources, videos and videoconferences are available, as well as an online forum and phone service to speak directly with experts.

Learn more about Alloprof Parents (site in French only)

Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in young people

We have helped Youth Fusion launch an entrepreneurship program at several rural, urban and aboriginal schools. Tailored to K-12 students most at risk of dropping out of school, this program introduces them to the business world by having them create and experience the daily reality of an organization in a field they’re excited about–all within the school context. Throughout the school year, they develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and organization, alongside other disciplines including languages, math, technology and finance. If you'd like to participate in this program with your students, check out their project platform.

Learn more about the entrepreneurship program

Scholarships to help students stay in school

To help keep kids in school, we award scholarships in partnership with several organizations:

Virtual reality to raise awareness

We support the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation 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.

Learn more about the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation

Jeunes musiciens du monde

We help the organization systemize its musical and social pedagogical approach, allowing thousands 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 (site in French only)

Support for young people who need help

Our contributions to Kids Help Phone makes the organization's live chat services more accessible, as it's a common method of communication among young people seeking help.

Kids Help Phone offers free, 24/7 professional counselling and information to young people across Canada who need help and have nowhere else to turn.

Learn more about Kids Help Phone

Tools for increasing self-esteem

We support the organization Kids Now, which provides tools to grade 7 and 8 students across Ontario to help build their self-esteem and empower them to believe they deserve to make positive choices.

Learn more about Kids Now

Legal information for young people

We support the educational component of Éducaloi by helping them continue to offer free legal information in schools to nearly 50,000 students each year.

The Youth Zone section of the Éducaloi website features over 100 articles on topics geared to 12- to 17-year-olds.

Learn more about Éducaloi

Tools

Pamphlet on balancing work and school

If your students are entering the job market, this tool is for them. It has information on workers' rights and tips on balancing school and work.

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

Helping young people find their dream job

We are proud to support Academos in their mission of helping young people find a career that excites them. We help by contributing to the development of their mentoring platform, which allows young people to chat with professionals in various fields, as well as by creating content for parents guiding their kids during this milestone.

Learn more about Academos

Partner organizations and other resources

Parliament Hill internships

We give young Canadian university graduates the opportunity to intern on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where they become fully immersed in Canadian democratic life.

Learn more about the Canadian Political Science Association

Literacy scholarships

We award I Don't Give Up, I'm a Winner! scholarships to recognize the perseverance and determination of adults who have successfully made efforts to improve their literacy skills.

Learn more about the Literacy Foundation

Scholarships to help students stay in school

To help keep kids in school, we award scholarships in partnership with several organizations: