Giving hundreds of secondary school students in Aubervilliers the means to succeed

Energie Jeunes seeks to promote more positive communities by fighting for equal opportunities and addressing the issue of students dropping out of education. The organisation has devised an educational programme focusing on instilling self-discipline and fostering student retention. It delivers the programme via a network of volunteers and staff from companies. They include Veolia group employees keen to give their time to secondary school students from the Aubervilliers and Plaine Commune educational priority areas.


Energie Jeunes has public interest organisation status and is approved by the French Ministry of Education, and has been working since 2009 to ensure that secondary school students from disadvantaged areas make a success of their education. The organisation works closely with teachers and trains tens of thousands of young people to stay in education. Energie Jeunes has developed a three-year educational programme to foster commitment and self-discipline at an age when dropping out of education has a devastating effect.
 
The interventions are tailored to each year group and follow a specific three-phase process designed to enable each student to set and then keep a personal commitment to stay in education. The sessions are run by trained volunteers, some of whom are members of the organisation, or often work for the organisation’s corporate partners, or are civic service volunteers.
 The Veolia Foundation’s support will enable over 3,000 young people from several educational priority secondary schools in Aubervilliers to be trained in the first instance, and from other Plaine Commune districts in phase two. Staff from Veolia’s new corporate headquarters (the V) will have the chance to get involved and receive training so that they can volunteer in these secondary schools.
 
Responsibility, solidarity, respect and innovation embody the work of Energie Jeunes. By fighting for equal opportunities, the organisation makes a practical contribution to urban cohesion and to ensuring a regional balance by providing these students with a key resource: self-esteem, which is built through perseverance, taking responsibility and keeping their commitment.