A tool for helping youth in difficulty

The goal of the individualized coaching program IDEO 16-17 is to assist 16 and 17 year olds having difficulty mapping out their life and achieving social, professional or personal self-sufficiency. This program is a measure established under the Quebec government's 2006-2009 Youth Action Strategy and can hep young people to continue their secondary-level education, find a job or acquire their first experience in the workplace, or steer them towards specialized services. 

In 2009, l'Équipe de recherche sur les transitions et l'apprentissage (Transitions and Learning Research Team), headed by Sylvain Bourdon, carried out an evaluation of this program, which highlighted the program's positive effects as well as the importance of providing organizations with the necessary flexibility to implement the program according to context. The evaluation also identified specific needs and made it possible to adapt the program and orient its action plan to meet these needs. 

The research team's work has also revealed a lack of structured training for program workers, often only recent graduates themselves. In light of this observation, the Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi has initiated the development of training activities by experts in the field of psychosocial intervention and of client reception tools for program workers. The organization feels that these new actions will help the project staff to better understand the program and will enhance the resources available to them for helping youth in difficulty to recover their self-confidence and succeed in mapping out their lives.


Équipe de recherche sur les transitions et l'apprentissage


Sylvain Bourdon, Université de Sherbrooke

Regular members

  • Rachel Bélisle, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Suzanne Garon, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Manon Gosselin, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Guylaine Michaud, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Benoît Van Caloen, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Éric Yergeau, Université de Sherbrooke