We help to boost the happiness of young people in Quebec by serving as a leading resource for them and their parents.
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As we look back on the past year, our memories are inevitably coloured by the current public health crisis. As this impact report is about to go to press, Quebec is still under lockdown and the number of distress situations continues to grow. The gains we have made are fragile and our lives can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye! As a result, we must focus on the essentials as we look back on the past 12 months with a clear-eyed gaze. More than anything else, human concerns must be our top priority in these difficult times. We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of so many people who have championed the cause of Tel-jeunes and LigneParents. Above and beyond the words we choose and the statistics and figures we cite, we would all do well to remember that these men and women respond with empathy and kindness, day in and day out, to the calls of young people and their parents and, in so doing, provide valuable support to thousands of families across Quebec. Each call, email, text message or online chat is first and foremost an exchange, a one-time relationship forged between two human beings. So let's set all the technology aside and concentrate on the most important aspect of our services: human relationships. First and foremost, we would like to thank the counseling team, who lie at the very heart of our organization, as well as all those who play less central roles. We also extend a very warm thank-you to our partners, donors, sponsors and friends of the cause—everyone who supports our organization and who believes, as we do, that each of us can make a difference in other people's lives.
Céline Muloin, chair and executive director of Generations and of the Fondation Tel-jeunes
Stéphane Fillion, chair of the Generations board of directors
Suzanne Gendron, chair of the Fondation Tel-jeunes board of directors
Over the past year, Tel-jeunes' counselors tapped into their reserves of professionalism, sensitivity and dedication in their dealings with thousands of young people who needed help dealing with the ups-and-downs of adolescence.
Giving young people an opportunity to flourish also means giving their parents the tools they need. That's why LigneParents' counselors are always there to listen and to allay Quebec parents' doubts and fears whenever they need to think things over or talk to someone.
The money raised during the major fundraising campaign for 2017-2021 had a number of concrete and significant impacts. One of them was a large-scale technological renewal of our counseling services, which migrated to an omni-channel cloud platform. That made it possible to work from home during the COVID-19 crisis and to maintain our counseling services in response to the thousands of young people and parents who need our support and assistance, now more than ever. This campaign is expected to reach its target in late 2021, as initially planned. In December 2019, the Tel-jeunes Foundation team confirmed it had reached its fundraising target and conducted a thank-you tour for its leading donors.
Each year, dozens of people undertake initiatives in support of the Tel-jeunes Foundation. This extraordinary show of support helps our cause and fills our hearts with gratitude! Our hats are off to these generous people, who invest their time and rally their networks so Tel-jeunes and LigneParents can keep on fulfilling their mission.
Devimco, a loyal partner of the Tel-jeunes Foundation, held Echo Evening (Soirée Écho) on September 12, 2019, attended by its partners and clients. The event raised $169,000 for young Quebecers and their parents!
On June 6, 2019, Uni-Select brought together its Quebec network of partners for its annual golf tournament, which raised $15,000 for the Tel-jeunes Foundation.
PLUS1 exists to mobilize the collective efforts of artists into consistent effective action for dignity, equity, and access. Since 2018, PLUS1 and the Santa Teresa Festival have partnered to contribute over $10,000 to the work of Tel-jeunes.
A total of 132 swimmers, ranging from 12 to 70 years of age, took part in the fifth edition of the "Je nage pour la vie" (I swim for life) Laurentians challenge, which was organized by Sylvain Miron on April 6, 2019 and donated $4,135 to the Tel-jeunes Foundation.
Over 240 young people participated in the twelfth edition of the Défi de l'espoir (Hope Challenge) in January 2020 at Mont Olympia. A total of $3,750 was donated to the Tel-jeunes Foundation.
Organized by Armand Corbeil Secondary School, this moonlit family-friendly race attracted 400 runners of all ages in October. A total of $3,000 was donated to the Tel-jeunes Foundation.
Tel-jeunes is involved in young people's daily lives. Whether at school, in social and traditional media or online, the team seeks to pass along relevant information, reminding teenagers that they are not alone and that the Tel-jeunes team is always available for any questions they may have.
In Quebec schools, the COVID-19 crisis brought Tel-jeunes' training activities to an abrupt halt. It should be noted, however, that prior to this interruption, Tel-jeunes' training services managed to meet with 14,700 young people and 2,500 school staff members!
In October 2019, Pony, a multi-disciplinary artist and activist for mental health among adolescents and young adults, a launched a brand-new clothing collection, MENTAL WEALTH, in partnership with Tel-jeunes.
Following the release of the first 10 video clips, Tel-jeunes brought out two new videos in response to two issues of concern to teenagers: voicing personal beliefs and self-labeling. Be sure to check them out on our YouTube channel and social media!
Season 2 of On parle de sexe came out in September 2019 on social media. Addressing issues of concern to young people, it was designed in collaboration with the experts at Tel-jeunes.