Apprentis d'Auteuil: Transition into Independence

Three years ago Embrace embarked on a partnership with Apprentis d'Auteuil to support their professionals to serve the young people in their communities who are challenged by their life circumstances. The aim of the partnership is to discover new avenues to support young people in finding their way into independence - personally, professionally and economically.

Founded in 1866 by Abbé Roussel Apprentis d'Auteuil builds support, educational, training and insertion programs. They've been committed to helping young people in distress for almost 150 years in France and more than 20 years worldwide. These actions enable 50,000 vulnerable young people and families worldwide to regain confidence and find their place in society every year. Apprentis d’Auteuil employs nearly 5,200 talented and dedicated staff across metropolitan France and its overseas territories, to educate and train young people in their 200 schools and centres. Their mission is threefold:

  • To provide access to quality education and training
  • To help young people to become independent and responsible adults and master their transition into the labour market
  • To work directly with families to help them play a central role in the education of their children

In close consultation with Apprentis d’Auteuil who aims to continue and improve upon their great work, Embrace devised various 5-day tailor-made training programs. Embrace's 'Transition into Independence' training programs contains

  1. LifeDreams model which fosters confidence, the ability to overcome challenges and utilise ones potential to create a meaningful future of the self and others
  2. Knowledge & good practice exchange about the multi-agency approach in the UK to support disadvantaged young people into economic independence through training, placements, internships, employment and self-employment/ entrepreneurship

We believe that our programmes creates the platform for youth practitioners/ educators/ teachers to become more aware of their personal impact on the young people through their exercised attitudes and approaches through which they can support the youngsters - considering that their beneficiaries are hard to reach and have been often traumatised by the events in their life. So far the partnership has resulted to five programmes (four in London, UK and one in Marseilles, France), Apprentis d’Auteuil continued commitment in this project is a testament to its effectiveness.

Embrace utilizes its LifeDreams Model to achieve this goal, the LifeDreams Model is an empowering and youth-led approach to finding one’s own strength, abilities and specialties, by understanding and dealing effectively with one’s barriers and obstacles you can set targets and make practical plans for the future. It provides various avenues of potential solutions and how to go about them in a well grounded fashion. It is core to our work and contributes to the high success rates of integration, inclusion and rehabilitation of young people going through our programmes. The LifeDreams programme encompasses the following methodologies:

  • Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience or reflection. Experiential learning is distinct from the classic writing or didactic learning, in which the learner plays a passive role.
  • Accelerated learning tools are used by learners to work through big ideas, concepts or processes while demonstrating his or her thinking, planning and/or decision making on the way to creating, performing or responding to processes.
  • Personal development it refers to activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, enhances quality of life and contributes to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It also refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development.
  • Cultural awareness is the ability of standing back from ourselves and becoming aware of our cultural values, beliefs and perceptions of ourselves first and others. It enables us to understand and appreciate how our culture has been conditioned, it impacts our perceptions & interactions with ourselves and others.
  • Applied psychology is the use of methods and findings of scientific psychology to solve the practical problems of human behavior and experience. A more precise definition is impossible because the activities of applied psychology range from laboratory experimentation, to field studies, to direct services for people. For us it is the direct service and the engagement with people.

Although the Transition in2 Independence scheme was based on LifeDreams Model we created a bespoke course specific to the concerns of Apprentis d’Auteuil. To accomplish this we added elements and provided examples from our own successes and experience. We shared good practice together with our national partners on the multi-agency/ multicultural approach to raising achievement and transitioning into economic independence. We focussed on the key personal life competencies which allow young people to access the various learning/ employment provisions in their home countries and the college to work intervention, which uses the LifeDreams Model for holistic placements to improve the impact placements have on young people. We also included a session on tracking success on soft & hard skills and ongoing mentoring and coaching. In addition to this we included an early intervention approach for young people in school education to help young people get the help they need at the earliest possible moment. We have had great success working with Apprentis d’Auteuil, the results we have seen have been beyond our expectations and it is a pleasure to see the changes and impact it has on so many professionals and most importantly on the young people in their care. It deeply inspires us to give our best and to be partner in change for the young generation.

After a successful November 2015 program we are currently planning with Apprentis d’Auteuil to deliver the LifeDreams Model in the different regions in France to regional staff for 2016.

If you like to learn more about our Transition In2 Independence Programs or the LifeDreams Model and how it can benefit your organisation please Contact Us.