The youth in treatment at the Portage drug addiction rehabilitation centre in Prévost were thrilled to welcome five Montréal Alouette football players at the end of April. Kristian Matte, Éric Deslauriers, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Nicolas Boulay, and Ameet Pall, met with the residents through the Alouettes’ “Together at School” program, which encourages youth to make smart choices and stay in school.
They delivered an inspirational and motivational message on the value of perseverance, despite the wide array of challenges that students face today – from academic performance, to bullying, peer pressure, and the importance of staying active. They encouraged them to strive to reach their full potential through hard work and dedication.
All Portage rehabilitation centres for youth provide mandatory on-site school programming, recognised by local school boards and adapted to the needs of the residents. Whereas in the past many Portage residents have struggled with school and some have even abandoned their studies altogether, Portage Academy helps them rediscover their academic abilities and often reawakens the drive to complete secondary school and even to go on to post-secondary studies.
The residents really appreciated the presentation and asked lots of questions. Once completed, the Alouettes signed their player cards for the youth and then played a friendly game of basketball with them.