AJOI and Ricochet are committed, through their actions, to creating a supportive and safe community. Together, they weave a social safety net allowing everyone to develop their potential.
Listening, empathy, non-judgment, sensitivity, tolerance, sharing in the opinions and points of view.
Honesty, put into question, integrity, humility, right to error.
Listening, sensitivity, non-judgmental, patience.
Team spirit, a common team purpose, coherence, cohesion, responsibility.
Pride, sense of belonging.
AJOI offers outreach street work prevention and intervention services to youth and vulnerable people in the West Island of Montreal.
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
A working committee is set up to produce a profile of the needs and realities of young people in the West Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
L’Ancre de l’Ouest project is born. This project aims to help youth facing homelessness and drug addiction issues.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 develops the ACE Project, in continuity with the L'Ange project of AJOI, which improves the offer in terms of outreach street work with girls and women and workshops on sexuality and healthy and egalitarian relationships. AJOI is develops another community worker position with a family mandate in Pierrefonds-Ouest.
The Bridge Project, which aims to facilitate access to services for English-speaking populations, is born.
AJOI has a Policy on the Use of Social Networks, a Policy for Promoting Civility and Preventing Harassment and Violence, and a Cannabis Policy.
The organization has its first Open Doors event which is a great success.
AJOI is a regional finalist for the Prize of Excellence of the Health and Social Services Network in the Prevention, promotion and protection of health and well-being category as well as for the Accolades of the West Island Chamber of Commerce and Tania Charron, Executive Director, receives the Solidaires Relève award from Centraide of Greater Montreal.
AJOI develops an immigration component and creates 6 new positions within the organization.
AJOI is solidifying and developing its sports activities program by securing funding over two years allowing it to hire five animators per year (TOGA project).
The organization continues to raise funds for Ricochet and is having a record year.
Ricochet joins forces with several corporate partners, including the Caisse Desjardins de l'Ouest-de-l'Île, which become the main partner of the fall 2019-winter 2020 campaign for Ricochet, which raise more than $ 56,000.
AJOI is also recognized as a key player in terms of homelessness in the West Island by the City of Montreal and the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-Île. The organization is called upon to actively participate in the development of the local portrait of the City of Montreal and in the development of the Strategy for access to health and social services for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless of the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île.
AJOI obtains the Inclusion Prize awarded by the Regroupement des Organizations communautaire Autonomes Jeunesse du Québec for its exceptional service to a less visible and bilingual clientele, which covers a large territory and a large community. AJOI also receives from the hands of Minister McCann one of the prestigious Awards of Excellence from the Health and Social Services Network in the Prevention, promotion and protection of health and well-being category.
AJOI's Founding Members :
Jean-Pierre Beauchamp - City of Beaconsfield
Kathy Dancsecs - YMCA West Island
Ann Davidson - Centre de Ressources Communautaires de l'Ouest-de-l'Ile
Gilles Girouard, Shelley 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 Girouard, Joanna Coderre et Claire Wallot - CSSS Ouest-de- l'Île
Jag Nara Simha Devara