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Cyrille Bolloré is committed to countering school drop-out rates

Paris. 13 November 2018

Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, along with 21 other large French employers, joined United Way L'Alliance and signed a manifesto to increase mobilization against early school leaving.

Today, in France, one out of five adolescents leave school without getting qualifications. That is why United Way L'Alliance has launched a program called “Défi Jeunesse”. This innovative program offers middle schoolers the opportunity to acquire know-how and interpersonal skills, discover professions, meet committed professionals with diverse profiles and backgrounds, develop extracurricular talents and provide collective and individual mentoring.

"I am pleased to be able to help these young people. They are the future of our country. We must mobilize to prevent their dropping out of school and thus facilitate their professional integration," said Cyrille Bolloré.

After a pilot project tested in two middle schools last year, the “Défi Jeunesse” program initiated by United Way L’Alliance is being rolled out in 26 new schools for the 2018-2019 school year.  The objective is to support 15,000 young people over the long term from priority education by 2020.