Together at School is a community outreach program supporting high school students in the greater Montreal area.
The Alouettes have been active in Montreal schools since 1998.
The players visited 110 schools in 2016, reaching out to over 45,000 students.
The Alouettes players involved in the program for 2016 included: Kyries Hébert, Tyrell Sutton, Kristian Matte, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Marc-Olivier Brouillette, Martin Bédard, Philippe Gagnon, Jean-Christophe Beaulieu, Seydou Haidara Jr., Jean-Samuel Blanc et Anthony Coady.
Players taking part must first undergo 32 hours of training from specialists in the field of mentoring and counseling in order to be best equipped to help the students.
New to the program since 2013 is a French language component where the players will receive French lessons in order to further interact with the children they will visit. The weekly French classes will run through the end of April.
The program’s main goal is to encourage kids to stay in school while focusing on a wide array of challenges that students face today, ranging from bullying and academic performance to peer pressure and the importance of staying active. The players look to inspire and motivate the students they meet to make the right choices and to reach their full potential through hard work and dedication.
THEY HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT IN 2016