Glossary

Early childhood: Overall child development, from conception to age five.

Educational success: The Foundation promotes the educational success of young Quebecers, helping them to become independent, fulfilled parents who will be able to create, within their family and social circle, a culture of personal and collective success. Educational success is the acquisition of knowledge, key competencies, and personal, social and democratic values. It promotes personal development, intellectual independence, entry into the job market and active participation in Society.*

* This definition is inspired by UNESCO's "Education for All" initiative.

Influential figures: Personalities, organizations, agents or institutions that are recognized as leaders in their sphere of activity and their capacity to influence positive change in Quebec's society.

Healthy lifestyle habits: The Foundation supports the mobilization of communities whose goal is to encourage young Quebecers (from birth to 17 years of age) to adopt healthy eating habits and be physically active. A healthy lifestyle is an important factor in keeping children in school and ensuring their educational success.

Local action committee or local partner group: Made up of key community partners dedicated to the wellness of children and families. These small local networks, which operate at the neighbourhood or parish level, individually and collectively define a common vision and shared guidelines, develop and implement action plans, manage local projects; and evaluate the committee's actions, seeking to continually improve them and show how they contribute to educational success factors.

Local community: Refers to a geographical territory that is small enough to engender a feeling of belonging-a neighbourhood, borough, village or city-and large enough to have its own institutions and certain degree of independent governance. Local communities are made up of interdependent individuals, groups, organizations and institutions that are constantly interacting and evolving. As a focal point for mobilization and unit of analysis, a local community is a dynamic, complex system whose relationships between its various components are of primary importance. (Racine, 2009)

Local community stakeholders: In general, residents, parents, representatives of public, parapublic or private organizations, and community workers.

Mobilization: Taking or encouraging collective action in order to change a situation. "Changing a situation" includes meeting needs, solving problems, improving living conditions, improving ways of doing things, etc. (Racine, 2009)

Needs profile: A summary of families' needs based on a common understanding of the issue at hand, along with the characteristics, resources, potential and needs of the target milieu. This summary includes the viewpoints of residents, various public, parapublic or private organizations, and community workers.

Student retention: The Foundation supports the mobilization of regional and local communities that work to promote student retention for children from 0 to 17, and develop complementary tools and projects. By promoting student retention with a view to educational success, the Foundation recognizes and supports the right of all young Quebecers to excel, particularly those from low-income areas. In the field of education, student retention is defined as following a program of study to obtain the appropriate recognition (diploma, certificate, etc.).

We believe

"We believe" is a short video that uses images to illustrate our constantly renewed desire to prevent poverty for the good of future generations in Quebec.

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