Fostering independence and responsibility in a safe and fun environment: this is the goal of Toujours ensemble’s summer program.
In 2019, the organization has redesigned its summer activities to ensure greater continuity with the services offered during the school year, while allowing Verdun families to benefit from a unique and stimulating option for their children during the summer.
Maxime Leroy, coordinator of the Parcours program, explains: “From the age of 9, and for a minimal cost, children can participate in our summer program. It’s a unique format where the children’s participation is voluntary. They can arrive in the morning or in the afternoon, every day or not… Of course, we encourage parents to talk with their children at the time of registration about their level of participation. Our counsellors offer a wide range of activities throughout the day. We often go to the local swimming pools and organize trips, in the city or out of town.”
Chloé Giard-Montpetit, former organizer of the summer program, adds: “We get so much good feedback at the end of the summer, from both the kids and their parents. Of course, some parents are worried about giving their children this new freedom, but our workers are very present, the children have access to telephones if they need them, and it is so obvious that they appreciate having control over their day and their choice of activities. When I was younger, I would have loved to have this option for my summers!”
Activities are offered separately for children aged 9-12 and for teens in high school. At the same time, a language camp is organized to maintain the skills of young people learning French during the school year.
Enrolment usually begins in April. Stay tuned to Toujours ensemble’s Facebook page or website.
To learn more about Toujours ensemble, you can click here !