Creating empowering communities of unemployed people to develop soft skills through lifelong learning and peer support
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
individual donations 10%
foundation or NGO grants 12%
grants or contracts 59%
earned income (product or services sales, licensing, franchising, consulting, financing, etc.) 19%
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
1.Training for unemployed to do workshop facilitation and a "train the trainors program" to scale direct impact faster, using open sourcing strategy. We target to reach 20k unemployed/y in 5 years in French speaking countries. We will translate our methodology so that unemployed people from other countries could use it. 2.Training social workers to our methodology to replicate our impact. We also developed trainings for wannabe social worker by giving training in social workers schools. We target to have trained 2000 social workers that will use our methodology with 200k unemployed in 5 years.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
The participants have the opportunity to be trained to facilitate Activ’Action’s workshops. Over 400 people have been trained since 2014.
The trainings give the participants a way to reach their potential and to discover that they too have value to bring to society.
Volunteers give back to their community and accompany other jobseekers in regaining self-confidence and in developing soft skills. Volunteers who were once participants, are empowered and are empowering others. They become role model and proof that everyone can develop tools to control their own destiny and support others.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
Emilie Schmitt is a Fellow Ashoka.
Activ’Action is also supported through Antropia ESSEC and has been incubated by SenseCube. Finally, we are laureate from the Institut de l’Engagement and 2016 laureate of the Trophées de l’ESS of the city of Paris.
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
Collaborations is the core of our project and will enhance the exchange of best practices to tackle the negative impact of unemployment and to accompany jobseekers in developing important soft-skills. Collaborations are deeply important to reinforce our local impact, as much through cooperation with local public bodies or private entities. We aim to be the link between all those entities and the beneficiaries, to create bonds of trust.