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ABOUT US

VISION

AJOI aims to improve the quality of life of young people and to break the denial of poverty in the West Island.

 

VALUES

Respect

Listening, empathy, non-judgment, sensitivity, tolerance, sharing in the opinions and points of view. 

 

Transparency

Honesty, put into question, integrity, humility, right to error. 

 

Openness

Listening, sensitivity, non-judgmental, patience.

 

Solidarity

Team spirit, a common team purpose, coherence, cohesion, responsibility. 

 

Confidence

Pride, sense of belonging.




 

Our mission is to establish and maintain street outreach work services for youth aged 12 to 25 years old on the West Island.

 

OUR MISSION

OUR OBJECTIVES

At AJOI, we believe in each worker's capabilities and sense of creativity. We thrive for them to reach their full potential by employing the values of humanistic psychology.

Through listening, support, accompaniment, distribution of harm-prevention supplies, information and referral, we aim to provide services to the youth and young adults facing one or multiple challenges and realities such as : homelessness, substance abuse, mental health. suicidal tendencies, isolation, judicial process, poverty and social exclusion, violence, sexual health, sex industry, criminality and delinquency, etc.

 

Our objectives are : 

  • Developing and offering prevention services about sexual health, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and violence;

  • Promoting youth participation within the community through the animation and support of collective projects;

  • Criminality and street gang affiliation prevention;

  • Promoting and fostering collaboration and partnership between West Island organizations.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michel Wilson

Ex Police chief of PDQ3 - SPVM

Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève resident

Antoinette Scarano

Lester B Pearson School Board

Pointe-Claire resident

 

Alexandre Mercier

CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'île 

Agent de gestion du personnel

Jag Nara Simha Devara

Dorval resident

 

 

 

Ian Héron

Dorval resident

Howard Nadler

DDO resident

Karine Bah Tahé

CEO Genderbridge

Nishant Sharma

Caisse Desjardins Ouest-de-l'Île

Patrick Lévesque

AJOI street outreach worker

Employees representative

 

 

HISTORY

  

2005 

A working committee is set up to produce a profile of the needs and realities of young people in the West Island. 

 

2006 

Launch of the Portrait des jeunes de l’OI by La Table de concertation jeunesse de l’OI, which recommends the development of funding to establish a program of street outreach work for the entire territory of the West Island.

 

2007 

Benoit Langevin is hired to set up the Action Jeunesse Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Saint-Geneviève project, funded by Centraide of Greater Montreal.

The Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough grants La Table de concertation jeunesse de l’OI the outreach program that enables local activities to be undertaken in the West Island. 

On September 12th, the Registraire des Entreprises du Québec issues the patent letters to AJOI.

 

2008-2009

AJOI is officially registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a registered charity.

AJOI creates its first research project on cyber-bullying. 

AJOI expands its services to Dorval, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève. 

 

2010-2011

The Accolades Partage-Action Community Service Award from The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce is awarded to AJOI for its excellence in business in the non-profit community.

The L’Aut’Gang South Side project is born. This project aims to fight delinquency risk factors with street outreach work, and a regular presence in school environment. 

 

2011-2012

L’Ancre de l’Ouest project is born. This project aims to help youth facing homelessness and drug addiction issues. 

 

2012-2013

The head office moves from Pointe-Claire to Sainte-Geneviève.

Benoit Langevin is recognized by Centraide of Greater Montreal and awarded the Solidaires Relève Award. 

The SPVM pays tribute to the AJOI team for creating L’Aut’Gang committee, which tackles the risk factors of crime.

The Père à cœur project is born. Its goal is to reinforce fatherhood in the West Island by listening, supporting, discussions, accompaniment and referrals addressed to fathers living in isolation. 

AJOI expands its services to Pointe-Claire.

 

2013-2014

AJOI receives once again the Accolades Partage-Action Community Service Award from The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce.

The organization wins a two-year rental of a KIA vehicle as part of KIA’s “Drive Change” program.

L’Aut’Gang North Side project is born. With this project, AJOI wants to fight criminality risk factors amongst cultural communities of DDO East, Pierrefonds East and Sainte-Geneviève, with street outreach work.  

AJOI develops its community recreational activities component thanks to the AGSport project. AGSport offers platforms of free sports activities accessible to marginalized youth, excluded from the usual sports networks. 

AJOI establishes the Skatefest in Île-Bizard. 

L’Ange de l’AJOI project is born. Workshops on sexuality and relational realities are held in school and community settings, with the aim of preventing and responding to sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in the sector. 

In collaboration with UQAM and the city of Montréal, AJOI conduct a study on residential instability amongst youth in the West Island. The study is called Le phénomène de la domiciliation précaire chez de jeunes adultes dans la zone Ouest-de-l'Île de Montréal.  

 

2014-2015

AJOI develops a cultural animation component with the city of Montréal with urban arts workshops (Projet Inclusion Innovation).

AJOI develops a mobile accompaniment service for young people requiring emergency housing or second-line addiction services: AJOI-Mobile.

An AJOIH (Hébergement/Homes) committee is created to study the possibility of creating a youth shelter in the West Island. 

 

2015-2016

The Filles à cœur project, which focuses on co-operative intervention in the event of runaways, is born.

In collaboration with an organization named Boscoville, the Boscoville project is born. AJOI creates a youth committee to develop projects by and for youth in the West Island. 

The Healthy Urban Art project, which provides urban and school art projects for at-risk youth, is being developed. 

A feasibility study and a business plan are developed for the AJOIH project. 

AJOI receives the prize for the best training from the Projet Valorisation Jeunesse – Place à la Relève.

AJOI participates in L’itinérance à Montréal – Au-delà des chiffres, a publication created by the Réseau d’aide aux personnes seules et itinérantes à Montréal (RAPSIM). 

 

2016-2017

AJOI develops an adult homelessness component to its services thanks to a grant from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy of the federal government. Two street outreach workers have this specific mandate, now covering the West Island.

AJOI expands its services to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. 

Projet Action Jeunesse (PAJ), developed by Boscoville and headed by AJOI, is deployed in the community.

AJOI is implementing a new standardized statistical data collection system.

AJOI rents additional premises in the basement of the building as the team grows.

2017-2018

AJOI celebrates its tenth anniversary!

AJOIH becomes Ricochet (Hébergement/Homes). AJOI incorporates Ricochet and develop a collaboration model with Résidence Bienvenue, the Accès-Logis program (Société d'habitation du Québec) and CIUSSS West Island. Sixteen units of social housing will be build before the end of 2019. 

AJOI develops the Maillage project. Maillage is a research project about inter-regional intervention regarding sexual exploitation. 

AJOI develops a community outreach worker position for Cloverdale-À-ma-Baie. 

AJOI develops new promotional tools (flyers, newsletters, banner, business cards, etc).

AJOI is the recipient of the Service communautaire Canada 150 Award from Canada's House of Commons. 

AJOI is finalist for the Prix d'excellence du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux in the Prévention, promotion et protection de la santé et du bien-être category.

Mardoché Mertilus, our clinic coordinator, is honored by Quebec Prime Minister who gives him the Prix Reconnaissance jeunesse - Axe Santé. 

Benoit Langevin leave his position. Tania Charron is named executive director. 

AJOI's Founding Members :

Benoit Langevin

Jean-Pierre Beauchamp - City of Beaconsfield 

Kathy Dancsecs - YMCA West Island

Ann Davidson - Centre de Ressources Communautaires de l'Ouest-de-l'Ile

Gilles GirouardShelley Haynes et Tim Miller - City of Pointe-Claire

Caroline Lalli - Researcher

François Landreville and Dominique Grenier - Montreal Police 

Shirley Miller et Audrey Lafrenière - Projet communautaire Pierrefonds

Howard Nadler - Batshaw Youth and Family Centres

Françoise Perreault - President de la Table de concertation jeunesse de l'Ouest-de- l'Île

Anna Valente - Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough

Claude GirouardJoanna Coderre et Claire Wallot - CSSS Ouest-de- l'Île

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