Orange, BlaBlaCar, Free… A hundred leaders of large companies are committed to becoming mentors of young people

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De gauche à droite : Stéphane Richard, PDG d'Orange, Frédéric Mazzella, président-fondateur de BlaBlaCar, Xavier Niel, fondateur de Free & de l'Ecole 42.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2021, 12:17 PMUpdated on Jul 5, 2021, 12:48 PM

“What if tomorrow, when we can, we each give a few hours of our time each month to help a young person find his or her way in life? “, write more than 100 business leaders in a column published in the Sunday newspaper, July 4. Among the signatories who commit to mentoring are Xavier Niel (Free), Alexandre Bompard (Carrefour), Olivier Bogillot (Sanofi Fance), Thomas Buberl (Axa), Jean-Pierre Farandou (SNCF) or Nicolas Hieronimus (L ‘ Oréal).

“Becoming a mentor means discussing everything and nothing, the different possible horizons of life and giving them advice on their studies or in accessing a job, they indicate. Sometimes, too, we open up our networks, to offer them to those who do not have them. And many times, we build lifelong relationships. “

“We will all do our part, becoming mentors ourselves and setting an example with the commitment of each member of our Comex (executive committee). We will also organize ourselves to invite each of our employees to become a sponsor if they wish ”, assure the leaders in this forum, also co-signed by Marie Guillemot (KPMG London), Frédéric Mazzella (BlaBlaCar), Stéphane Pallez (FDJ) or Patrick Pouyanné (Total Energies).

Objective: 100,000 young mentees from 2021

These business leaders are responding to the call of the President of the Republic, who in March launched the “1 young person, 1 mentor” initiative with the objective of reaching 100,000 pairs this year, and 200,000 next year.

Since then, young people looking for a mentor and people wishing to help them can register in a few clicks on the site. They are then put in contact by an association. 22 were selected by the government, which provides them with funds, to implement this plan.

Among them, We Are One (WAO) and POWA. They plan to support 500 young people in Île-de-London free of charge from July 8, 2021. To do this, they have set up a 50-hour program, divided into ten sessions and focused on three objectives: “Methodological assistance (sharing of good practices, personal, school and professional organization), advice on guidance and assistance with professional integration (educational resources, career paths and employability), and support for the release of self-censorship mechanisms to promote professional ambition. “

For Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor, increasing the importance of mentoring is essential to support young people in this period of pandemic. “It is also a device to fight against social determinism, which, in these times of crisis, is more than ever a priority. No young person should give up his dreams because he would not have the codes or the networks. It is a major issue of equal opportunities ”, she estimated last May in a press release.


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