A Post-Pandemic Deep Dive into Motivation and Academic Success

Youth success
Projects and partnerships
February 27, 2023 •  By Centraide
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At the start of the health crisis in March 2020, we assumed, based on the expertise of the community agencies we support, that it would significantly impact young people and affect their motivation and academic success.

The pandemic indeed caused major hardships, with many young people facing social isolation, stress and anxiety, online learning issues, family difficulties, and other major challenges.

Three years on, getting accurate data about student dropout rates in Quebec is still difficult, as the Ministère de l’Éducation has not yet released official figures for 2021 or 2022.

However, we do know that the pandemic has affected some determinants of academic perseverance, such as self-esteem, motivation and engagement, the valuing of education and parental support, and school climate, which in turn could have impacts on the dropout rate.

Montreal Hooked on School has put forward some hypotheses about school outcomes that need to be validated over time.

Hypotheses to be validated:

  • Small children have been particularly affected by the pandemic, and this could impact the rest of their school careers.
  • Teen mental health has been shaken by the crisis, which could have an impact on their readiness to learn.
  • Long-term effects could be experienced by students who were having trouble before the crisis and by those who fell even further behind and are struggling because of these delays.
  • More young people may decide to put off further or higher education.

Enter the Youth Success Project

In February 2022, in light of the ongoing pandemic and young people’s disintegrating motivation, the urgency to act became all too clear, prompting the Centraides of Quebec to strike a major partnership with the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation. Operated by Centraide of Greater Montreal, the Youth Success Project has supported over a hundred agencies and projects to promote the self-esteem, motivation, and academic perseverance of young people in difficulty throughout Quebec.

$1.9 million has been invested to support youth, and each Centraide in Quebec is free to put these funds toward its territory’s specific issues.

Montreal initiatives

In Greater Montreal, this funding has served as an additional mechanism to support communities. The Youth Success Project has driven the development of new relationships with emerging agencies or projects and helped them fill service gaps and needs in some neighbourhoods.

Agencies and projects supported by the Youth Success Project in Greater Montreal

Emerging Projects to Overcome Blind Spots

1 out of 5 people receives our help.
5 out of 5 people benefit from it.

Let’s all lend a hand

Supporting a network of over 375 community agencies also means promoting an inclusive, poverty-free society.