17 young people welcomed in 2019, 19 in 2020, 25 in 2021… In seven years of activity, the Lycée Alternatives (DAL) scheme at Notre-Dame-du-Mur Le Porsmeur high school has seen 180 teenagers aged 15 to 20 pass through, for many school dropouts. “We started from the observation that in a vocational school, 60% of students in a class were confronted with it”, recalls Christine Moysan, deputy director.
When she had the idea of these 12 hours of personalized support per week, with speakers and teachers, she was also the facilitator of the Mission for the integration of young people in Catholic establishments in the Morlaix region (Mijec). Housed in bright and welcoming premises of the boarding school, the system, supported by the rectorate of Rennes, lives to the rhythm of regular entries and exits, for a maximum of one year.
“The mental health of young people has deteriorated”
The covid crisis has had a significant effect on this permanent experimentation, unique in Brittany. “While they were in the minority (3 out of 17) in 2019, the number of young people in DAL having psychological or psychotherapeutic support has become an ultra-majority (16 out of 25) in 2021. Anxiety has exploded and the mental health of our pupils has deteriorated over the past two years”, observes Christine Moysan.
In addition to traditional dropouts (which may include students with high potential or autistic Asperger’s), a new cohort of young girls and boys experiencing stress or school phobia are taking part in distance learning courses and workshops.
Faced with these growing needs, the partnerships forged by the DAL are expanding. “We were already working in a network with the Local Mission, the Youth Reception and Listening Point and the Addictology Consultation Center (Csapa). We have just seized a territorial opportunity, with the announced creation of a psychiatric center dedicated to 16-25 year olds, within the Pays de Morlaix Hospital Center (CHPM)”.
If the model, “which requires will, means and network”, is envied but little copied, Christine Moysan believes “that it could however be exported elsewhere”. The success, she says, is well established. “In 2021, 23 of the 25 young people entering the DAL had a project at the end of the year”.
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