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Youth

Young people matter to us

Sandra Paquet-Roy Sandra Paquet-Roy
Youth Advisor

Caisse Vallée de La Matapédia is proud to introduce youth advisor Sandra Paquet-Roy.

Backed by the caisse's team of personal finance advisors, her role is to tell young people about Desjardins products and services designed especially for them. She also gives talks in local schools to help young people decide which products and services are right for them, monitor their financial cycle, set up a budget, manage their credit score, steer clear of debt pitfalls, save toward a goal, and much more.

Ms. Paquet-Roy is in tune with young people and is good at identifying their needs and wants. To learn more, call 418-629-2271 or text 418-631-4566 to schedule an appointment with her or another advisor.

Students can sign up for AccèsD Internet over the phone by calling 1-800-955-2271 or 1-800-CAISSES (1-800-224-7737).

Education and young people are a priority for us.

Youth services

Investing in local youth is nothing new for the caisse, which is why we are an enthusiastic partner in coordinated Desjardins-wide initiatives for young people.

School Caisse program

The caisse actively supports the School Caisse education program in a number of local elementary schools to help young people learn to be good savers early on. We visit classrooms at the start of the school year to get students thinking about saving money. We also hold a contest to motivate them to adopt smart financial habits that will pay off later in life.

Learn more about the School Caisse program

Youth Dividend

The caisse wants to encourage—and even reward—its young members who save money, which is why several hundred receive a youth dividend through the Community Development Fund.

Services available to youth age 12–17

Check out the High school students section for lots of cool stuff and a peek into the world of finance.

You can explore:

The caisse in your classroom

Caisse representatives can come to your high school classroom to talk about savings, credit pitfalls, budgeting and more. We want to encourage young people to make wise financial decisions, give them the tools they need and teach them good spending habits.

Email Sandra Paquet-Roy to learn more.

Services available to young adults age 18-30

Students

Are you a vocational, CEGEP or university student?

Check out the products and services designed especially for you in the Students section.

Did you know?

The Desjardins Youth Profit Account gives you $4 off your monthly administration fees or your selected plan. This offer is valid for full-time students age 25 and under.

Personal Finance: I'm in Charge

Personal Finance: I'm in charge

Financial education program

Are you age 16 to 25? Want to take charge of your finances and make informed choices as a consumer, student or worker?

The Personal Finance: I'm in Charge™ program is designed just for you, covering relevant topics such as:

  • Consumer choices
  • Cellphones
  • Education and work
  • Budgeting
  • Financial services

Your caisse works with community partners and local educational institutions to offer free two-hour group workshops.

The classes are interactive and engaging, with a variety of hands-on activities and exercises.

Want to know more? Contact our partner, ACEF de la Péninsule.

Desjardins Foundation scholarships

The caisse contributes to Desjardins Foundation, which awards over $500,000 in academic scholarships every year. Check back for the dates of the application period and submit your application. The Foundation supports high school, college, university and vocational students across Quebec.

Scholarship program

The En route vers ma réussite! Program aims to help young people succeed academically. The program is yet another example of the caisse's commitment to youth.

To be won

$12,500 in scholarships: 25 scholarships of $500

How to enter

Check the caisse's Facebook page - External link. This link will open in a new window. for the application period dates and list of winners for 2018.

Apply for a Desjardins Foundation scholarship from March 1 to 31.

Young workers

Have you recently entered the job market and want to stretch your salary as far as possible?

Visit the Young workers section.

If you are a health or business professional, the Professionals section has lots of useful information.

The Young Intern Officer program gives you the opportunity to sit on a real-life board of directors or board of supervision for one year. By working with elected officers, you learn more about their role.

Interested in doing an internship at the caisse? Find out how! (in French only, PDF, 292 KB) - This link will open in a new window.!

Love a challenge? Desjardins has career opportunities to match your skills. Working or doing an internship at Desjardins can take you places!

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