The Societe Generale Foundation Board of Directors met on 22 June 2017 at the Societe Generale headquarters in La Défense.

During this meeting, the Foundation renewed its support for the following 8 projects:

Based on work in the field, Sport dans la Ville, a major Foundation partner, has created the programme Job dans la Ville to support every young person from 14 years old with a focus on training and employment. Young people can get involved in the world of work through workshops, company visits, mentoring and personalised support. The Board of Directors decided to renew its support for Job dans la Ville for 2017.

The support for in 2017 relates to 2 projects:

  • the CAPPRIO programme, which aims to train 20,000 young people from disadvantaged French neighbourhoods in digital careers through awareness activities, online courses and free training.

  • The creation of a Simplon digital social factory in Dakar. The introduction of free training in web careers (developer, web integrator, digital leader) in partnership with the University of Dakar aims to combat the labour shortages in this sector in Senegal.

Thanks to the “Des étoiles et des femmes: Essaimage national” project, Association Départ is creating a new generation of cooks by training disadvantaged women through a one-year vocational qualification and practical training at renowned institutions. By 2020, the objective is to get involved across 12 French territories and to support 300 vulnerable women into the food industry thanks to this excellent training.

Also in 2017, the Foundation is supporting the opening of the Grand-Est branch of the Institut de l’Engagement. This project aims to offer support for the study and/or professional projects of young people in the region who are working on a project of general interest and who have demonstrated their talent and skills.

Supported by the Foundation since 2011, the Association AURORE, which supports nearly 30,000 seriously disadvantaged people in France, opened a restaurant/retraining workshop a few years ago in Sevran and would like to further develop activity to support more employees getting back into work. Training around forty people per year, it also offers local people food in accordance with their tastes and budgets as well as a friendly place for social development. The Foundation will support the development of the Yankadi! retraining restaurant during 2017.

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Foundation is supporting:

  • The ATIA professional retraining project in Madagascar. In the slums of Antananarivo in collaboration with the CEFOR association, ATIA attempts to ease the transition to employment for young adults through a highly personalised job search support and training course.

  • the PEPS programme (Growth through sport programme) offered by the association SOS Villages d’Enfants France

Finally, the Foundation has renewed its support for the La Cravate Solidaire association which would like to develop its activity in 9 employment areas in France. The objective of the “Coup de Pouce aux Jeunes Pousses” programme is to remove barriers and prevent candidates’ self-censorship during interviews by providing young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods with business attire, preparing them for job interviews and taking photos in a professional studio.

The Board of Directors also decided to provide 6 new charitable projects with financial support, 4 in France and 2 overseas.

The Foundation supports the Entreprendre pour Apprendre network via the “Mini-entreprise-EPA” programme, for young disadvantaged people (supported by local missions at the ‘2nd Chance Schools’). The young people establish teams and are supervised by a teacher and business professionals, creating a mini-company and providing management, sustainability, business development and stability for one year. The aim is to learn by doing.

The Foundation also supports the “Girls and Mathematics” project offered by the ANIMATH association, which aims to allow female secondary school and high school students from disadvantaged areas in France to improve or deepen their understanding of mathematics and to boost the number of young girls studying and working in science and engineering.

Séquences Clés Productions is a disability-friendly audio-visual production company. The company is noted for its remarkably high success rate of getting employees back into a standard working environment, so the Foundation has decided to fund the purchase of an adapted professional vehicle and modern and adapted production equipment.

Finally, the Foundation is supporting the opening of the Argenteuil branch of Association Réseau Môm’Artre which offers art workshops and homework assistance for children supported by the association, all from vulnerable families.

The Foundation also operates internationally through:

  • support for a project in Turkey, the Music for Peace Foundation, a music-based educational project for young Turkish people. The association also trains young people on how to look after and repair their instruments.

  • The Rusalya Association project located in Bulgaria. The objective of this project is to enrich the educational programme offered to young people through art, classical music (singing and instruments), dance and theatre. Exhibitions and shows are also organised to highlight the commitment and progress of children supported by the association.


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Contact(s) :  Marie-Victoire Wolff
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