The Societe Generale Foundation has supported Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y) since 2014. The charity supports young people experiencing great hardship and who are victims of exclusion to integrate professionally and socially. Since 2009, LP4Y has developed 16 projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and India.
Early in 2015 the charity asked the Fondation to support them in Vietnam with their project in North Ho Chi Minh helping young people living in the streets. The Professional Training for Entrepreneurs programme enables young people to get involved in creating, running and developing a micro economic activity. Through this commitment, the young people can catch up on their studies and linguistic, IT and communications skills and fulfil their potential with a life project.
Today, 14 young people are working on a micro economic activity in urban gardening named "Seeds of Hope" where they cultivate herbs for private individuals and hotel and catering professionals. Some have even become team managers like 20-year-old Loan. This young woman from a very poor family faced an uncertain professional future. As soon as she joined LP4Y she demonstrated her motivation and made very quick progress. Her ambition? To become a pastry chef. To achieve her dream she attended evening classes for pastry making, in addition to the daily course provided by the association. Since she became team manager in July she was offered a job in a French bakery and earns two times the minimum wage. She is a real example within the LP4Y association, for the coordinators and the other young people.
At the moment, the Seeds for Hope project's objective is to strengthen its partnerships with local businesses to help the young people find work placements and/or jobs when they finish their training.
LP4Y's first role is as a professional project, to find the motivation to train and learn. It then helps the members to achieve a life project by developing their skills and self-confidence. Lastly, it provides 6 months of support to the members after they find their first job. The Societe Generale Foundation will extend its partnership with the association during 2016 so that it can continue to help young people out of exclusion through professional integration.