investing in youth energy

Regulations: Local missions (436 in France) play a central role in the integration of young people. And this could not be done without established relations with economic, political and associative actors. To formalize this partnership, a charter was signed with the heads of 14 companies and two federations (construction and confectioners) during the general meeting in the premises of the city community. “We realize that too many young people are still left out,” says Paula Vicencio-Beck, director. However, employees of the Local Mission help people aged 16-25 on all fronts. “This charter, and this is the first one, stipulates that both on one side and on the other, we undertake to promote the integration of young people. On the one hand, young people should learn the codes of the world of work, and on their side, business leaders should also learn to know them better,” the manager clarifies. For Roland Roth, president of the association that manages the structure, “The local mission should help young people find work in a sustainable way. Young people have ideas, potential and energy for development.”

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Local Mission VS Pôle Emploi: “Our work is different from that of Pôle Emploi. We are not an opposition, but a complement, because in addition to professional support, we have a social component in our actions,” explains Paula Vicencio-Beck.

Accommodation rack: Finding housing is sometimes a difficult step for young people who are in a dangerous situation. In order to draw as much attention to this issue as possible, seminars were organized in the premises of the local mission. “This gives an opportunity to develop various aspects, such as the budget, credits,” the director notes. To support them in their efforts, a housing counter was installed at the local mission headquarters. The counselor responsible for this activity gives advice and informs young people about the conditions of access to independent housing and their rights and responsibilities.

2021 in a few numbers: 433 young people were accepted for the first time in 2021; 1,336 young people (680 girls, 656 boys) were considered “accompanied young people”, those who had at least one individual interview (6,510 conducted in 2021); 2,694 young people were in contact, that is, had at least one event with the local Mission. The latter works in the Sarregemin employment zone, i.e. 83 municipalities. 303 companies accepted the youth of the Representative Office as part of an internship or opening a profession.

Also in prison: The local mission is on duty at the detention center once a month. In 2021, 17 individual conversations were held there, 8 young people were in contact and 8 received support.

Focus on diplomas: In the employment pool, we see that professional bachelors make up 63% of registered youth. 104 young people have a post-baccalaureate degree, including six who have a master’s degree (or equivalent).