Published on: September 5, 2017 | Last Updated: September 5, 2017 3:30 PM EDT
Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough mayor Jim Beis plays guitar during the fifth annual fundraising music show for Action Jeunesse de l'Ouest-de-l'îIe (AJOI) on April 8. AJOI will celebrate its 10th anniversary at a reception in Dorval Roxboro-Pierrefonds borough mayor Jim Beis plays the guitar during the fifth annual fundraising music show for Action Jeunesse de l'Ouest-de-l'îIe (AJOI) on April 8. AJOI will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Dorval on Thursday. Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE
The Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’Île, better known as AJOI, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Thursday.
The organization, which provides street worker intervention services for at-risk youth aged 12 to 25 years old on the West Island, will celebrate the event at the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre in Dorval from 5 to 7 p.m.
Over the past decade, AJOI’s outreach street workers have done more than 33,000 interventions with at-risk youth in the local community.
The non-profit association also recently began working with homeless adults in the West Island.
AJOI outreach workers also visit local parks and other hangouts where at-risk gather. The workers talk to youth on issues such as suicide, drug abuse, prostitution and homelessness. Street workers help our youth make bonds with social services and public institutions.
Last year, the organization hosted more than 1,061 sports and cultural activities in West Island for those between 12-30 years old.
AJOI is headed by executive director Benoit Langevin, who has been involved since its inception. But Langevin is currently running for office as a councillor for the Bois-de-Liesse district in Pierrefonds-Roxboro with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre’s party in the upcoming municipal election. If he is elected, AJOI will be looking for a new director.
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