The Needs

For minors and young adults ages 16 to 21 who are either repeat offenders or whose lives are threatened in their own family.

 

THE IDEA

Step by step, to prepare adolescents for full independence through individual personal tutoring. The youths are provided studios dispersed in different buildings (for “semi-independence”), while one common room is reserved for educational, social and collective meetings.

 

FOCUS ON

Déclic, Paris

youth offenderThis program encourages independence though an original housing system for better long-term results. Minors at this halfway house have often just left specialized remedial centres and been resistant to education for a very long time. The weekly schedule for semi-independent youth is divided into three main times, spent in the housing units, at the day centre, or outside (i.e. at school or with a mentor) adapted to individual situations. Although the residents have to clean their own space and shop for their dinner, other aspects are collective, such as lunch, workshops, sports, schooling, and daily life. Attendance at psychological support meetings is encouraged in order to build a personal life project.

"Dealing with loneliness isn’t easy. In ordinary life few youths have the responsibility of their own place from age 16. Self-sufficiency is an opportunity for some youth but it can be dangerous for minors who are not ready."
Manager of an independent housing unit

Nicolas Hazard
Vice chairman

+33 1 55 28 01 50

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