Telus has announced a partnership with four youth centres in the province of Quebec to launch ‘Mobility for the Good,’ a pilot project that aims to help 18-year-olds who are leaving youth centres to independent living.
Thanks to this program, a group of 100 to 250 young people who have received services from youth centres in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chaudiere-Appalaches, Montreal and Quebec will be given a smartphone and a free mobile service for two years.
“Young people who reach the age of 18 and have to leave the youth centre that is their home may find themselves isolated from their support network,” said François Gratton, executive vice president of Telus, in a press statement. “By providing them with a cell phone, we are trying to help them maintain essential communication links with trusted stakeholders as they transition to independent living. We are equipping them with a tool that is important in today’s world to allow them, for example, to reach potential employers, or to consult educational resources online.”
Telus also announced that, in 2018, it plans to give $7 million to organizations that help Quebec communities grow. Part of the amount will specifically support youth projects centred on education, the environment and health. Telus says its Community Investment Committees in Montreal, Quebec City and Rimouski contribute annually to these organizations. Specifically, the company says that its committees provided $1.2 million in funding to around 150 projects and organizations that benefit youth in the province in 2017.