Finding my passion

While living in a social reintegration centre, Mikah was told he had to take part in reintegration programs and workshops. Strong-willed and independent, he decided to find a program on his own; one that would meet his individual needs. He discovered the YMCA’s La Boussole program, which helps people with criminal records in their job search or assists them in going back to school. But Mikah found a lot more at the Y. 

For him, La Boussole was a springboard for discovering his passion…in his own way and at his own pace. Today, he has completed his high school credits, works at the Downtown YMCA with people experiencing homelessness, aims to start a university certificate in substance abuse counselling, and hopes to become an outreach worker.

By providing specialized and adapted support, the YMCA helps ex-offenders and people experiencing homelessness reintegrate into the community, build their self-confidence, develop new skills, and reach their goals.