This year’s first Selection Committee meeting for subsidy applications made to the Societe Generale Foundation was held on 3 March 2017. The Selection Committee chose to support four projects promoting integration or education through sport and culture as well as professional integration for people in difficulty.
Réseau Etincelle (“young sparks” network)
Formed in 2010, Réseau Etincelle supports young people who have dropped out of school before graduating or those with low-level qualifications, helping them with social and professional integration. The concept is based on an alternative form of pedagogy which encourages young people to discover the world of work. Building off their passions, talents and experiences, the approach involves putting the youths “in the shoes” of an entrepreneur. The course trains the young adults to create a company, encouraging them to take control of their integration by gaining confidence, using their skills and meeting professionals.
Réseau Etincelle plans to take on 60 “young sparks” (hence the name of the project) in 2017 in four groups, each following a three-week professional initiative awareness programme. Over the 60-hour training programme, the group of 10-15 youths will step into the shoes of an entrepreneur. The creation of a company is used as an educational tool to encourage each individual to take control of his/her career, and confirm or open new unexplored areas. The objectives of the programme include:
- helping the young people regain confidence and revealing their talent,
- discovering and understanding the world of work,
- developing a sense of initiative and team spirit.
The methodology aims to encourage as many young people as possible to take action and initiatives, which, in the end, will help them take control of their own lives through the integration programme.
The Foundation is proud to support Réseau Etincelle. We will tell you more about their fine work shortly!