Always there to help young people shine

Always there to help young people shine

The new school year is sure to be both exciting and challenging. That’s why we’re here for students, teachers and parents. We do all we can to help students stay in school.

Investing $50,000,000 a year in youth initiatives

The pillars of our commitment

We’re right there with our youth, in every aspect of their lives that lets them excel: education, jobs, physical and mental health and community involvement.


For the 2020 back-to-school season, whether you’re a student, a parent or a teacher, we’ve got tools and resources to help you stay motivated throughout the year.

Beyond the Classroom podcast series

Inspiring stories of teachers and educators who, with the help of the Desjardins Foundation prizes, brought their projects to life and helped kids stay in school.

Episode 1: Ms. Marie-Pierre’s Cards

Description (6 min 35 s)
To foster new relationships and work towards a common goal, a teacher and her special needs students start a greeting card business.

Episode 2: Ms. Forest’s Bees

Description (5 min 20 s)
A beehive on a Quebec school’s rooftop becomes a group project.

Episode 3: Mr. Guillaume’s Graffiti

Description (6 min 40 s)
A youth centre facilitator shares his passion for graffiti, leading a young participant to win a local contest.

Desjardins Foundation prizes

Every year, Desjardins Foundation awards school and community leaders cash prizes for projects benefiting kindergarten, elementary and high school students.

The call for applications is in October.

Learn more about Desjardins Foundation Prizes

Foundation Prizes: one inspiring story at a time

Hear from teachers and other school staff members who launched initiatives that motivated kids to work hard and stay in school.

Read the article

Kids Help Phone

For several years now, we’ve been proud partners of the Kids Help Phone, which provides confidential support to kids who need someone to talk or text with.

Support from Alloprof Parents

Desjardins Foundation also supports Alloprof Parents, an organization that offers parents of school-aged children a multitude of tools, such as help with homework, understanding the school system, learning disabilities and childhood development.

Virtual mentoring by Academo

For the past several years, we’ve been supporting Academos, an organization that developed an app that helps 14- to 30-year-olds find their dream job by chatting with thousands of professionals who love what they do.

Employment and entrepreneurship

From your first summer job to your first real job, from your bright idea to your business launch, we're there to help you make your goals a reality.

Health and healthy lifestyles

Whether it's running around the school yard, training at the gym or playing competitive sports, young people need to stay active! They also need to take care of their mental health to grow into strong adults. We're there to support healthy habits for youth.

Community involvement

Whether you’re involved in your community or abroad, protecting the environment or helping those less fortunate, we’re there to help you get involved and make a difference.