Benoit Langevin

April 2013

Benoit Langevin has been with West Island Youth Action (AJOI) since day one. Moving from community worker to clinical supervisor and now Executive Director of the agency, this young visionary entrepreneur uses his leadership skills on a daily basis to draw attention to the needs of vulnerable young people in the West Island of Montreal.

Extremely persuasive, Benoit Langevin has convinced many partners in the West Island― including schools and municipalities—to join AJOI’s cause and make an impact on youth. However, this has been a fairly difficult task, as territorial statistics show that while most people have a comfortable standard of living, many young people in fact experience poverty and are at risk of social exclusion.

In 2011 to 2012 alone, AJOI intervened on approximately 2,200 occasions among youth aged 12 to 25 in the West Island who face various problems (mental health, family conflicts, school difficulties, problems with mental issues and the legal system, etc.).

With an ability to bring people together, and driven by great enthusiasm and a true concern for young people, Benoit Langevin has become involved in many round tables that focus on the fate of these youth. He chairs the Table de concertation Enfance Famille Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’Île, and we also owe this pragmatic young man for the comité d’action L’Aut’gang, which offers activities to young people to keep them away from street gangs.

Benoit Langevin is an effective communicator who is also recognized for his management skills. With 18 projects on the go, he maintains key relationships with 26 funding partners that provide the AJOI with financial stability. As the Executive Director, Benoit Langevin is appreciated for his management style that focuses on developing the potential of AJOI community workers.

With a degree in communication studies, Benoit Langevin will soon complete a master's degree in social administration.

Centraide has supported West Island Youth Action (AJOI) since 2010.
Benoit Langevin is the winner of the Solidaires NextGen 2013.