Many youngsters coming from so-called « troubled » districts of Parisian suburbs are facing important educational, social and professional difficulties. It has been observed on numerous occasions that these young people lack self-confidence and tend to develop a deep distrust of society. In addition, they cannot rely on adults and do not have the necessary tools to define and materialize a professional project.
These situations then become major obstacles to their social and professional inclusion. For these young people, it is necessary to learn a sense of initiative and responsibility, in order to find a place in society.
These situations then become major obstacles to their social and professional inclusion
In order to remedy this situation, the Parish Center for Youth Initiatives was created in 1995 in the 14th district of Paris, with the goal of providing a support framework for young people aged 15 to 25 and coming from underprivileged districts. The success of this center led to the creation of two more centers of the same kind: one in Boulogne-Billancourt and the other in Suresnes, in Hauts-de-Seine department.
Through a teaching method based on fostering initiative and promoting a sense of responsibility, the goal of these centers is to enable young people to restore their self-esteem and become self-supporting. Their supervision is led by a team of monitors and each center has its director. Multiple activities are offered, among which multimedia activities. These activities of musical and cinematographic creation are part of the centers’ educational approach.
The Sainte-Geneviève Foundation, created in 2010 to foster local initiatives in the Haut-de-Seine department, mainly operates in charitable, social, educational and cultural fields. In view of the success of Boulogne-Billancourt and Suresnes centers, it has decided to open a new center in 2013 in the city of Colombes, with the support of the Air Liquide Foundation.