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Believing in the potential of all young people, the School Perseverance sector has become a leader in the field of academic success. Present throughout Québec and across Canada, the sector includes numerous youth programs. You will have the opportunity to work in a supportive environment where you can develop your professional skills in education and helping relationships, and where emphasis is placed on autonomy, innovation, and enjoyment.

This project is new in the West Island and is offered in eleven High Schools. It is based on a model that has been deployed in the East end of Montreal for 10 years now and is part of a more global development, which will eventually serve more than twenty schools in Montreal. The candidate. (e) will therefore join a young, dynamic and committed team.

Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator and in direct collaboration with the administration of the targeted school, the candidate’s main mandate will be to deploy the drug abuse and addiction prevention program and oversee its daily operation.

The project is deployed in three phases:

  • Universal prevention: the worker acts before the problem arises, deploying universal prevention actions in classrooms and organizing addiction awareness activities.
  • Targeted intervention: the worker oversees individual follow-ups according to the school’s intervention protocol with students referred to the program by school personnel. They also take charge of youth referred by community partners and self-referred students.
  • Summer and community component: this phase of the project ensures continuity of services outside of school and during the summer. The worker is an integral part of the community, even if during the school year they work within the school walls. As such, they participate in local youth issue tables to share their expertise on addiction and the dynamics of the field.
Within the framework of the project, the approach used for substance abuse is to reduce misdemeanours and adhere to the school’s code of conduct.

What challenges are we offering?
  • Intervene individually with high school students experiencing substance abuse problems;
  • Build solid bonds with students;
  • Ensure daily presence in spaces where youth hang out and socialize (cafeteria, lockers, etc.);
  • Collaborate with school personnel respecting each person’s role and responsibilities;
  • Facilitate prevention workshops in targeted classrooms and at lunch time;
  • Build and lead awareness activities for all school students;
  • Develop intervention tools and program activities;
  • Update the database daily regarding the interventions performed;
  • Write reports and evaluations;
  • Develop and maintain close ties with the partner school, school staff, and community partners;
  • Participate in local youth issue tables;
  • Adhere to the YMCA policies and procedures regarding the protection of children and vulnerable people;
  • Understand and integrate philanthropic values into your role and the Organization, and attend annual fundraising campaigns and Foundation events.

Why join the YMCA?

The YMCA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, but working with us also gives you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your expertise;
  • Be around passionate experts;
  • Make a positive social impact;
  • Work with different engaged partners;
  • Really make a difference in people’s lives;
  • Have the freedom to take on exciting challenges.

By joining the YMCAs of Québec, you will also be a part of a team that makes people, cooperation, and collaboration a priority.

Who we are looking for?

To accomplish their mission, the Addiction and Drug Abuse Prevention Worker must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in humanities (social work, psychology, psychoeducation, sociology, criminology) or a college diploma in delinquency intervention, a specialization in addiction studies or a related field.
  • Have 3 to 5 years of intervention experience specifically with 12- to 17-year-olds.
  • Have knowledge of cross-cultural intervention, specifically regarding drug abuse;
  • Have good knowledge of the targeted neighbourhoods (West Island)
  • Be fluent in French (spoken and written);
  • Have no criminal record in connection with employment.

Ready for a new adventure?

If you believe that sports, fitness, and community initiatives transform people and allow them to grow, we would like to learn more about you. Send us your application today!

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Requested skills

  • Interpersonal: proven ability to build relationships with youth.
  • Leadership: guide, motivate, and inspire others to achieve expected results.
  • Time management: work on your own with minimal supervision.
  • Creativity and innovation: develop new ways and adapt current ideas to meet targets.
  • Integrity: demonstrate responsible behaviour at all times and maintain high ethical standards.
  • Problem-solving: identify problems and find solutions.
  • Team work: actively form teams and encourage open-minded dialogue to maximize the organization’s efficacy.
  • Tolerance of ambiguity: work in an effective manner in less than perfect situations and with incomplete information.


Level of education




Work experience (years)

3-5 years

Written languages

Fr : Advanced
En : Intermediate

Spoken languages

Fr : Advanced
En : Intermediate