Social and professional integration of young girls through sport, culture and discovery of the business world
Culture and sport
Young women of the "L dans la Ville" program discover the logistics by visiting a distribution center.
Dance classes are proposed to girls of the "L dans la Ville" program.
Young women of the "L dans la Ville" program during a soccer session.
In certain disadvantaged neighborhoods in France, the unemployment rate surpasses twice the national average. Girls in these neighborhoods are particularly disadvantaged with regards to acquiring and exercising their professional skills. Sports can be an effective means of building confidence and social skills, yet many girls may not feel comfortable playing sports in gender-mixed settings.
To promote the presence of girls in sports, Sport dans la Ville has implemented the program “L Dans la Ville” that accompanies girls in their personal development and their employability. After strong growth in the Rhone Alpes region, the association has expanded in the Ile de France region in 2012 with the opening of several project sites in Seine-Saint-Denis, Val d’Oise and Paris.
Fondation CHANEL supported the implementation of the project “L Dans la Ville” in the Ile-de-France region. Girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods developed their academic, social and professional skills through sports, cultural trips and company visits. A mentoring program involving 13 Chanel employees helped as many girls to develop specific professional skills. The company also held a number of workshops for the girls to discover different careers in business, science, and the arts.
- A total of 6 new centers “L Dans L Ville” were opened in Ile de France.
- 220 girls are benefiting from the project, 50% through dance activities and 50% through sports.
- A project manager was hired to provide coaching and mix of educators has been strengthened.
The 2014-2015 “Job in the City” induction program alumni counted 42 girls. Two of them have been hired for internships at Chanel headquarters in Neuilly.
Founded in 1998 in Lyon, Sport dans la Ville is the leading association for integration through sports in France. It offers social support, coaching and professional development that meets the challenges of inner-city youth.