All of Montréal's universities and school boards and the CRE de Montréal are rallying to keep kids in school

    MONTREAL, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Youth Fusion announced today, during a
press conference at Concordia University, that all of Montréal's universities
and school boards, as well as the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal
(Cré), have agreed to join forces in the 2009-2010 program to encourage kids
to stay in school.
    "This is an issue that concerns everyone," pointed out Gabriel Bran
Lopez, founder and general manager of Youth Fusion, who announced the
excellent results of the pilot project that took place in 2008-2009. He went
on to say, "This rallying of universities is not a wild goose chase; we must
work together to ensure the sustainability of this unique, innovative
program." During the press conference, various speakers emphasized the
importance of getting all members of society involved in the fight to curb
school dropout rates.
    The partners for the current school year are: Concordia University (major
partner), Université de Montréal, UQAM and McGill University as well as the
Polytechnique, ETS and HEC. In addition, the Cré de Montréal, the Commission
scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), the English Montréal School Board (EMSB) and the
Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Ile (CSPI) have joined the program.
    The financial contributions provided by the above-mentioned players
amount to $230,000, which will fund the 2009-2010 program of Youth Fusion. The
program consists in sending at least 24 university students to six Montréal
high schools, starting in mid-September, to set up or become involved with
special projects in music, science, entrepreneurship, environment, journalism,
politics, intercultural activities and sports. The target high schools are:
Honoré-Mercier (CSDM), James Lyng (EMSB), Pierre-Dupuy (CSDM), Saint-Henri
(CSDM), Henri-Bourassa (CSPI) and Louis-Joseph-Papineau (CSDM).

    Youth Fusion is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that establishes
partnerships between high schools and universities, in an effort to counter
high school dropout rates, by creating and implementing projects that motivate
youth and keep them interested in school.

For further information:

For further information: Salim Idrissi, Press Attaché, (514) 848-2424,
ext. 5136, Cell.: (514) 999-5335,;

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