Student Profile

Meet Kwame

Kwame recently learned that he had been accepted to his dream internship. Kwame's career aspirations had been shaped by his early teenage involvement with the juvenile justice system and a desire to improve his community's relationship with law enforcement.

Kwame came to one of Project Rousseau's Community Service programs to share his news with our staff and students. Kwame was extremely proud to tell our younger students about his success and how his hard work had paid off.

Kwame's internship, however, brought new challenges. Kwame would have to move across the country and live alone for the first time; he was, understandably, very nervous. Kwame worked with Project Rousseau staff to find housing, plan his budget and prepare for his new role.

A week after starting his internship, Kwame texted one of our team to ask for help planning his grocery list and meals. Kwame told this member of staff that he remembered her making a list of groceries in Montréal on his first international exchange and that reminded him it might be a good idea to do similar. In the midst of all the exciting opportunities of an international exchange it is often easy to forget that the these experiences can provide students with more practical, useful lessons for college and beyond.

Kwame is thriving at his internship, he now makes his own grocery lists, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Project Rousseau's programs soon to share more news and success with younger students.

(Names, likeness and some identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals)

Meet Katya

Katya faced many challenges in her life. When we first met Katya housing security was the first thing on her mind. Our Student Needs staff worked with Katya to address this need, and others such as food insecurity and ensuring that her healthcare needs were met.

Katya soon began to come to our academic programs and worked extremely hard on foundational reading and math skills. It was after one of these programs that Katya told her staff that she thought “school wasn’t for her.” Unlike many students who might say this though, Katya had carefully thought about what she was saying and, with the help of her mentor, set about creating a plan towards high school graduation and exploring vocational programs. Project Rousseau prides itself on working with students of all academic abilities and we continued to support Katya as she made steps towards her new goals.

Katya continued to show great determination and work-ethic. Katya is well on her way to graduation and looking forward to entering a career in the media industry after graduating.