1940-1953 From the beginning of the 1940s , in the current of the 1908 federal law aimed at 16-year-olds who advocate healing rather than chastising, Father Albert Roger, inspired by Saint-Jean Bosco, Father Flanagan and Boys Town, wants to offer young people who have committed crimes an alternative that allows them to learn about freedom and responsibility.
everal teenagers are then in prison; the youngest receiving support from child protection works, Boscoville is targeting its approach to boys aged 15-18 who are considered more recalcitrant. It is the creation of summer camps animated by young instructors including Gilles Gendreau, who will gradually take the leadership of development. In 1945, Boscoville obtains his letters patent, the purchase of the farm Hudon will follow in 1947; this is how the innovative experience of a group home is born.
1954-1961 Implementation of the new Boscoville in Rivière-des-Prairies (Montreal)and inauguration of the suburban system where teenagers live in small units favoring personal contact and belonging; they enjoy an individualized education, an adapted program of activities (intellectual, physical, manual and artistic) and are invested with real roles and responsibilities. Educators receive specific training in special education and psychopedagogy. A model takes shape, a team is built and a profession is emerging: psychoeducation.
1962-1980 The years of deepening, systematization and radiation.The tenth anniversary of the suburban system (1964) is underlined. Boscoville systematizes and consolidates its model and approaches; his team is involved in training and teaching. At the Université de Montréal, based on the experience of the Center for the Training of Specialized Educators, it is the birth and consolidation of the School of Psychoeducation and the creation of the Center de psychoeducation du Québec. Boscoville becomes a model and a national and international reference in rehabilitation.
1981-1992 Quebec’s network of health and social services is structured and the network of institutions becomes a reality.The new Youth Protection Act is making an impact in centers for young people in difficulty and leading to significant and sometimes disturbing changes. Boscoville is no exception. It is also a more difficult economic period that leads to a rationalization of resources and a period of decline. For Boscoville, it is a period of significant adaptation and experimentation in search of orientations and innovative ideas that will allow it to continue its development.
1993-1998 With the creation of regional youth centers , Boscoville is integrated and becomes one of the campuses of the Youth Centers of Montreal. Following various planning exercises, considered surplus, Boscoville closes its doors in 1998 in the controversy.
1999-2001 The Minister for Youth Protection, Gilles Baril, wants to reopen Boscoville and conducts several consultations. At the same time, a very important movement of Boscoville elders is at the root of a petition whose purpose is to keep the campus youthful. Finally, in May 2001, on a new basis and invested with a new mission, it is the opening of Boscoville 2000.
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