The Bien dans mes baskets Program
Supported by the Foundation since 2009
The Bien dans mes baskets program began in 2001 at
Jeanne-Mance secondary school in Montreal. The program was
initiated in response to the concerns of psychosocial service
providers who were having difficulty making contact with certain
young people with serious problems, including those from
underprivileged multi-ethnic areas.
Bien dans mes baskets is a preventive
psychosocial development program that uses extracurricular
basketball as an intervention tool. It was set up by a
school social worker at the Jeanne-Mance Centre de la santé et
des services sociaux (CSSS).
The team involved in the program takes advantage of the
adolescent development period when children are forming their
identities to focus its actions on students' needs and their living
environment. Practitioners strive to promote prosocial
behaviour among young people by raising their self-esteem
through participation in a project that reflects their
interests and by encouraging their interest in
Bien dans mes baskets is an intervention program that
includes many different social actors: young people, their
families, school practitioners and the community.
Given the relevance and success of the program, the Foundation
decided to support it, seeing it as another way to fight dropping
out and promote healthy lifestyle habits.
The program has three main components:
- Continuing the Bien dans mes baskets program
at Jeanne-Mance secondary school
- Participating in an evaluative study by the
Université de Montréal aimed at documenting the program's
implementation and impact
- Setting up Bien dans mes baskets
pilot projects in other schools that are adapted
to local needs.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the program took on 112
students (39 girls and 73 boys) who were divided into groups based
on their age, sex, athletic criteria, social needs and degree of
motivation to participate in the program.
A further 140 primary school students were added to the group,
meeting twice a week as part of a program to ease the transition of
Mini dragons from primary to secondary school.
Over the years, the program and its participants have won
many awards and prizes, and have attracted a great
deal of favourable attention from both schools and communities.
"We see our program as part of
our students' overall education. They have classes in French and
math, but they also need to know how to develop into fulfilled
individuals and citizens."
founder and coordinator
"Since I came back to
Jeanne-Mance, I can see a real improvement. I try as hard as I can
to control my emotions. Now, thanks to this school and the Bien
dans mes basket program, I really like going to school. I don't
want to drop out anymore!"
Chery, athlete and Secondary 4 student (2012)