The Stanstead area posts some of the lowest high school graduation rates in Quebec, a province which itself has the lowest rate in the country. The municipality of Stanstead has a graduation rate of 51%, 23% less than the provincial rate. Without obtaining a high school diploma, community members are left with few employment opportunities and often find themselves on social assistance. Several barriers contribute to our community’s poor record of education and employment. Some tangible examples include:
It doesn’t have to be this way
Phelps Helps was founded in 2012 to tackle the problem. What started as an after-school tutoring program has become the region’s beacon in the fight to achieve educational success, employment and autonomy.
"Stanstead students have long been stigmatized within Galt. The goal of Phelps Helps is to spark an interest in learning and to encourage students to take responsibility for their education.”
— Peggy McCourt, local high school principal