Trustbuilding circle

The Trustbuilding Program - France

There is a deep unease among the youth living in the suburbs of French cities. Most of these young people are born in families who have emigrated from other parts of the world and many from former French colonies. They suffer from identity crises, school dropout and have a difficulty to see how their future will be like. They do not feel accepted and respected by the French society.

They believe that they are not “real French people” but victims of society. At the end of the year 2015, youth violence exploded in France which lasted several weeks. Each night, cars were burnt in different cities. The desire to confront society can lead to radicalization. Several hundreds of young people left France to join Daesh in Syria. The great anxiety of the French authorities focuses on those who are manipulated by jihadist recruiters and trained in order to perpetrate terrorist attacks on the French soil.

Focus of the project

The OUI ACT project brings a specific contribution to this challenge by building trust between young people and the society, specifically targeting the divides between young people are the police, local authorities and teachers. Through working in partnerships with schools in marginalized communities, the project addresses social and cultural divides and reduces the temptation to break links with society and drift toward radicalism.