"For us 1+1= 3" Diane Hassan, Executive Director of United Way France
Convinced of the strength of community impact, United Way France responds to the regional needs in terms of education and employment by uniting the different stakeholders: companies, non-profits and institutions. The action programs are developed collaboratively, generating tailored, innovative, long-term solutions for each of the regions where we are active.
« Opportunities to All » program
The area near the Roissy airport is a major labor pool of France, however the youth unemployment rate nears 40% in certain neighborhoods. As well, ninth grade students often have difficulty to find a job-shadowing internship, which is an important first step in the business world.
The “Opportunities to All” program fits United Way’s desire to give young people every chance to be successful in their career ambitions. The goal is to give these students an entry into the local working world, enabling in 2016, 100 middle-school students from underprivileged areas to access to a quality internship in the Roissy area. The program is divided into three major steps :
1. Training and internship tutoring for students by three non-profits
2. A job-shadowing internship
3. A career day
This collaborative program brings together four high schools, five grassroots non-profits to train, host and organize, the City Councils of the 93 and 95 districts, the City Hall of Sarcelles, the Versailles Academy, the Versailles Education Authority as well as about ten companies in the region (Accor, Carrefour, Brossete, Aéroports de Paris, Elior, Hertz, Volkswagen, Eiffage, the ADIFE endowment fund…).
In its pilot phase during the 2014/2015 school year, the program enabled 40 high school students from Collège Éclair de Seine Saint-Denis to have internships at Accor, FedEx and Volkswagen. The goal for 2020 is to reach 100% of the schools located in underprivileged areas of the region of Roissy. The program will be replicated elsewhere in France (Toulouse in October 2016) and then internationally via the 1,800 branches of the United Way network.
Of the 40 students that had an internship during the pilot 2014-2015 edition :
83% are convinced that with hard work and determination they will be able to select their professional orientation.
58% of the interns believe that they may be interested in pursuing one of the jobs that they discovered.
“The internship helped me to be sure about what I would like to do: a car dealer.” Asna, 15-year-old student
Discover the Assessment report about the impact on college students of the program "Opportunities to All" ! The positive results encourage us to continue this project !