E-mentors to inspire the next generation - Desjardins partners with Academos to promote e-mentoring for young people

    LEVIS, QC, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - To enable young people to converse by
e-mail with experienced workers, Desjardins Group has entered into an
agreement with Academos to promote e-mentoring for 14- to 30-year-olds. This
connection will help young people better understand the working world, along
with its pressures and joys.
    Academos hopes that its relationship with Desjardins will give this
initiative greater exposure and, by extension, provide new meaning to what
young people learn, motivate them in school and provide them with a clearer
vision when choosing a career.
    In 2004, Desjardins launched its Youth Focus program in order to meet the
expectations of young people and forge a relationship with them based on
trust. Today, Desjardins is reaffirming its commitment to youth and
enthusiastically offering the strength of its network as support. Desjardins
employees, officers and members will be made aware of this e-mentoring project
that will meet the needs of more and more young people. They will also be
encouraged to get involved as volunteer e-mentors, and thus provide direct
support to the next generation.
    "Desjardins feels strongly about Québec's youth. E-mentoring is a great
opportunity for our cooperative financial institution to provide tangible
support to young people who wish to be in contact with experienced workers,"
stated Mr. Yvan Laurin, Vice-President of Cooperation and Quality at

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of $147 billion, as at September 30, 2007. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000
employees and the commitment of nearly 6,800 elected officers, Desjardins
offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full
range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

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