Prevent  Support  Empower

Our mission at Fondation Jeunes en Tête is to prevent psychological distress among youth aged 11 to 18 in Quebec.

We accomplish this mission by reaching out to teenagers in schools through our Partners for Life program, and by supporting recognized community organizations that complement our work. We also create a synergy among all youth advocates and stakeholders in order to maximize our joint impact on young people.


Our spokesperson



Stéphane Bellavance made his TV debut at the same time as the early days of VRAK.TV. He became popular among young people because of the shows Réal-it, Réal-tv, A+, Méchant changement, Le Steph Show, Tu vas y goûter, Karv l'anti-gala and Arranges-toi avec ça!

A talented host, Stéphane has been co-hosting the popular science game show Génial on Télé-Québec with Martin Carli since 2010. In 2015, he joined Radio-Canada and started running Par Ici L'Eté, a summer daily broadcast. The following year, while hosting the popular quiz show Au Suivant, he realized one of his biggest dreams: working for Radio-Canada’s legendary studio 42.

Jack of all trades, Stéphane loves exploring all facets of his profession. Games, entertainment, directing, writing, teaching, and production bring many projects his way, and he dedicates himself to all of them. Stéphane approaches all of his projects with passion and happiness.

This winter, it is in this same way that he joins the team at Rythmez vos matins, on the Rythme FM airwaves.

“Young people’s problems are our problems too. By supporting our organization, you are making a difference in their lives.”
- Stéphane Bellavance, proud spokesperson of Fondation Jeunes En Tête.




Fondation Jeunes en Tête is the marriage of two strong and credible organizations—both of which have been committed to the wellbeing of young people for almost 60 years. Here are their respective stories:

The Mental Illness Foundation

This foundation started in 1980 under the guidance of Dr. Yves Lamontagne, an eminent psychiatrist who chaired the Collège des médecins du Quebec for many years.

Over time, the Mental Illness Foundation supported the advancement of research and awarded various postdoctoral grants. It has been the source of funding for the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre, named in honour of the famous scientist. The Fernand-Seguin Research Centre now has close to 75 researchers and associate researchers from different disciplines, and focuses on knowledge building and the development of treatments for various mental illnesses.

Without a doubt, the Mental Illness Foundation’s most notable achievement is the Partners for Life program.

This initiative, which was originally intended to raise the awareness about depression of students at the grades 9 to 11, was enriched in 2019 by a presentation aimed at young people at the grades 7 to 8 to foster good mental health.This program, which has been recognized and praised by the scientific community, reaches nearly 48,500 people each year—including parents of young participants, school workers and social workers at the CLSCs. In fact, since 1998, more than one million young people and their entourage have been exposed to this message of hope!

Flashback 2004

Flashback 2004

1 million young people reached since 1998

Fondation Québec Jeunes

This foundation traces its roots back to the Promexpo Foundation, which was founded in 1995 by business people gathered around Mr. Pierre Parent, then president of the company Promexpo.

Since 1995, Fondation Québec Jeunes devoted itself to promoting the physical and mental wellbeing of poor and homeless young people. It was renamed Fondation alcoolisme, drogues et dépendance in 2002, and then Fondation Québec Jeunes in 2004.

Since then, Fondation Québec Jeunes supported projects and resources that helped young people between the ages of 11 and 17 who are in difficulty or in need of help. In 2016, $883,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of major business donors and the general public; the money was shared and put to good use by 60 youth support partners from across Quebec.

A few years ago, Fondation Québec Jeunes launched the Prix Inspiration award to highlight the work done by exceptional organizations. Learn more here.

The new Fondation Jeunes en Tête is the perfect union between two incredible foundations that share a strong vision—the wellbeing and mental health of young people. United as one, Fondation Jeunes en Tête will build an innovative, philanthropic path to maximize its social impact.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Éric Bujold, Chairman of the Board. President, National Bank, Private Banking 1859
Luc Bachand, Vice-President. Member of multiple boards
Nicolas Brunet, EVP and CFO, The Lion Electric Company
Donald Bastien, Member of multiple boards
Nathalie Gagnon, Partner, BCF Business Law
Diane Lafontaine, Chief Operating Officer, Quebec, Rise People
Patrick Palerme, Managing Director - North America, Global Change Leaders

Board members

Réal Bellemare, Senior Vice-President, Finance, Treasury, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Desjardins Group
Sonia Boisvert, Partner, PwC
Caroline Bourdon, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, Specialized Packaging Group
Nicolas Chevalier, Partner, Portfolio Manager, Pembroke Management
Marie-Chantal Côté, Vice-Présidente adjointe, Solutions numériques, Garanties collective, Sun Life
Geneviève Deschamps, Treasurer, Énergir
Grace Di Meo, Portfolio Manager, Giverny Capital
Marie-France Gagnon, Partner, Financial Services, McCarthy Tétrault
Simon Gauthier, Partner, Dentons
Domenica Maciocia, Senior Vice President, Business Market Sales and Client Services, Bell
Jean Mongeau, Coach professionnel, Double Impact coaching
Jean-Sébastien Monty, Senior Partner, President, Gestion Police
Stéphane Lavigne, Vice-Président Senior et Chef de la Direction Financière, GDI
Sonia J. Lupien, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Studies on Human Stress Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec Headquarters, Commercial Services, RBC Royal Bank
Érik Ryan, Vice-President, Marketing, Strategy and External Relations, SNC Lavalin
Florence Simard, Associée, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Oona Stock
Dr Martin Tremblay, Psychiatrist, Clinique Expertise-Neurosciences

Ex Officio Member

Paul Gaulin, President, Specialized Packaging Group
Dr. Yves Lamontagne, Psychiatrist and Founder, Fondation des maladies mentales


Our young people are our greatest asset and our best investment for the future. I love the approach taken by Fondation Jeunes en Tête—the way they join several causes affecting young people. My involvement in this organization stimulates me, is in line with my values, and allows me to give back to the community, all while creating a business network and extraordinary friendships.

Éric Bujold, Chairman of the Board.


For a media interview, contact Isabelle Hudon at 514 529-1000, ext. 255

To make a donation or to get a copy of your tax receipt, contact Farrah Néron at 514 529-1000, ext. 259

General Management

Mélanie Boucher,
Executive Director (maternity leave)
E-mail or ext. 257

Julie Marchand,

Interim Executive Director 
E-mail or ext. 257

Catherine Burrows,
Associate Executive Director
E-mail or ext. 227

Myriam Mané,
Reception and Executive Assistant
E-mail or ext. 233


Isabelle Hudon,
Director of Communications
E-mail or ext. 255 

Eva Milko
Communications Advisor
E-mail or ext. 221

Mélanie Pollet,
Communications Coordinator
E-mail or ext. 252 


Donations and events

Chantal Raymond,
Director of Fundraising
E-mail or ext. 239

Roxanne Vachon,
Senior Manager,
Ball of the Mayor of Quebec City
E-mail or ext. 253

Andrée Faucher
Fundraising Manager
E-mail or ext. 260

Maxime Périard,
Event Project Manager
E-mail or ext. 254

Jennifer Wong
Fundraising Initiatives Coordinator
E-mail or ext. 234

Oliva Chabi
Fundraising Assistant
E-mail or ext. 243

Farrah Néron
Administrative Officer
E-mail or ext. 259

Raymond-Pierre Gervais, 
Data entry technician

Youth services

Partners For Life and Social Investment

Josiane Babin,
E-mail or ext. 231

Mélanie Chabot,
Coordinator, Youth Services
E-mail or ext. 254

Anabel Allen-Viau,
Coordinator, Partners For Life
E-mail or ext. 235

Iris Linares,
Team leader, Partners For Life
E-mail or ext. 246


2019-2020 Partners For Life facilitators


Jobs and volunteering

Be part of a noble mission and join a dynamic team! At Fondation Jeunes en Tête, we love working with people who are passionate, innovation-focused, results-driven and who appreciate the benefits of teamwork. It’s an attitude totally in line with our values!

Permanent positions: When there are open positions, they will be posted here and on social media.

Facilitator positions for the Partners For Life program: every spring and summer, we recruit a total of 8 to 10 youth facilitators. We post the position between May and July, and contracts run from September to June.

Êtes-vous bilingue? Au plaisir de recevoir votre candidature!

Feel free to send us your resume even if we don’t have your perfect job posted right now. We’ll keep it on file. Send resumes here.

Due to the number of emails we receive, we aren’t able to answer all the candidates. We will only contact those selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest.

Volunteering: we need you!

  • Are you a young retiree who’s full of energy and looking to contribute to a worthwhile cause? 
  • Are you a student whose school program requires you to log a few hours of volunteer work?
  • Are you in a career transition phase or on maternity leave and wish to occupy your time with a worthy social cause a few hours a week or at events?

If you wish to contribute on a regular basis or make a one-time contribution, please write to carrieres@u92-fondationjeunesentete-archives.syspark.net .

Annual reports

2018 annual report

To view our charity declarations with the Canada Revenue Agency, click here.

Fondation Jeunes en Tête (formerly, Fondation Québec Jeunes): Registration number: 889367371RR0001

Mental Illness Foundation: Registration Number: 101836641RR0001