The precariousness of young people continues to worry associations



“The situation of young people is increasingly worrying, and we are having difficulty managing it. “ This alert is not the first time that the president of Restos du cœur, Patrice Douret, launches it. Since the start of the pandemic, the association has pointed out the growing number of young people who benefit from its aid. “Of the 1.2 million people who received food aid this year, 50% were under 25”, he assures, adding that this public, often unable to find a job, will “Keep flowing”.

For helpers, the Restos du cœur provide “To accentuate the work of the 2,000 fixed activity centers present in the region”, but also of “Doubling the number of roaming activities” for “Go to these young people and break their isolation”.

The finding is not more favorable on the side of the Red Cross. “Among the public that we help, we have many young people, and more precisely single-parent families, with mothers aged 22-23”, explains Laure-Marie Sokeng-Minière, president of the Loiret delegation.

In search of food, but also clothing and hygiene products, these young people represent “20% of people helped”. Without counting “The Crous who have contributed a lot”, continues the president. In particular with meals at € 1, accessible only for scholarship students or in a situation of “great precariousness” since July.

But the associations above all call for working over the long term, in order to definitively get this public out of precariousness. “With the fifth wave, we know that the isolation and distress of young people will continue. We must therefore anticipate ”, explains Agathe Djelalian, media relations manager at the Fondation de France. In November, a study found that 33% of young people expressed a feeling of loneliness, a feeling that “Has increased by 5 points in one year, while it remains stable for the rest of the population (21%)”.

Faced with this observation, the Fondation de France and The cross had appealed for donations in February. Since then, € 336,916 have been raised to finance various student support programs. “In addition to basic aid on campuses, this money was used, for example, to compensate for the suspended internship allowances for students of the University of Mulhouse and to provide them with computer equipment”, illustrates Agathe Djelalian.

In Strasbourg, the student house was able to open a free listening cell, in which “Twenty psychology students are responsible for detecting young people in distress on social networks”. In total, 3,500 projects aimed at young people were carried out by the Fondation de France this year.

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