The Maison de Jeunes is an association of youth and adults who have taken on the mission, on a volunteer basis, of holding lively meetings in their community, where youth aged 12 to 18, surrounded by significant adults, can become active, responsible and critical citizens.
We are an organisation that works towards the democratisation of our space, and by extension the empowerment of the youth. The teens are welcomed in a space that is free of judgement, where they can thrive while learning to be active, responsible and critical citizens.
Simon Gagné joined the team in 2019 et brought his energy and professionalism developed through years of experience in a maison de jeunes in the East of Montreal. Having practically always worked in community organisations and specifically with regards to youth, he himself shares the values of our organisation. Bringing his interests and various assets, he hopes to bring the best support to our youth, and stimulate a critical curiosity.
With a bachelor’s degree in sexology, Mélina has won the hearts of everyone on the MJP team in 2013 with her energy and her head filled with projects! Proud of her MDJ and of the teens who frequent it, she involves herself in everything that concerns the youth. Whether on the Plateau or in Great Montreal, she makes the MDJ project shine and carries the voice of the youth as best as she can into the world of adults!
Passionate by many subjects such as Japanese culture, art and video games. Cathy is able to hold interesting conversation that can satisfy everyone. She wishes to share her passion with the teenagers.
Actually studying to become a social worker, she had decide to do her final internship at MJP because she used to frequent MDJ when she was younger, that experience had a huge impact on her life.
Main Areas of Focus
The Maison de Jeunes du Plateau prioritises harm reduction type interventions. Our intervention style is based on a holistic approach. However, we also offer a variety of intervention workshops on subjects concerning teenagers, with a view towards popular education,
The youth of the Plateau Mont-Royal hung out at the Kennebec outdoors base during the summer, but they didn’t have anywhere specific to go between summers, besides the McDonalds or the back alleys. They disclose this problem to the camp manager, Michel Pauzé, who, along with five other residents of the neighbourhood, decides to do something about it. With the help of some teens, they created the ideal portrait of a house dedicated to helping the neighbourhood youth thrive. And as fate would have it, an electoral promise gave birth to their project.