Marie Trellu-Kane

Ashoka Fellow
France, Europe
Fellow Since 2010

IDÉE

Il existe un déphasage entre la volonté d’agir des jeunes et leur implication, et l’engagement civique est peu reconnu. L’énergie et l’envie de changer le monde des jeunes sont peu mobilisées, et parallèlement les catégories sociales et culturelles sont de plus en plus cloisonnées. Ainsi, Marie Trellu-Kane crée une organisation pour démontrer la richesse d’une étape de Service Civique dans l’éducation de tous les jeunes, et les mobilise sur des missions socialement utiles. Elle leur propose un accompagnement formateur, renforce le vivre-ensemble et permet la reconnaissance et le développement massif du service civique des jeunes en Europe et dans le monde francophone.

 

IMPACT

Unis-Cité est implanté dans 49 grandes villes (15 régions), et plus de 10 000 jeunes sont mobilisés en moyenne 8 mois à temps plein avec 250 000 bénéficiaires de leurs actions. La Loi sur le Service Civique de 2010 s’est largement inspirée du modèle Unis-Cité et Marie souhaite voir une génération de jeunes engagés respectueux des différences et entreprenants pour la société, visant minimum un jeune sur 10 volontaire en France. Elle a aussi créé un service civique européen.

 

QUI EST-ELLE ?

Diplômée de l’ESSEC et de la Harvard Kennedy School, Marie est co-fondatrice d’Unis-Cité à 23 ans. Elle est membre du Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental et a co-fondé le pôle entrepreneuriat de l’ESSEC et d’Antropia, incubateur d’entreprises sociales. Chevalière de l’ordre national du mérite, elle remporte le prix de la Femme en Or en 2013. Elle est aujourd’hui mère de 2 jeunes enfants métisses.

Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Développement des jeunes

Citation

This profile was prepared when Marie Trellu-Kane was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Through Unis-Cités, Marie is the first to encourage and facilitate citizen engagement for all the young between 18 and 25 years old. Convinced that each individual has a role to play in solving social and environmental issues, she has removed financial and cultural barriers by designing and implementing a highly-valued volunteer civic service across France. On a volunteer basis, her programs have allowed thousands of young people to fulfil six to nine month missions within a partner network of 600 social organizations, and thus develop young people’s empathy, open-mindedness and leadership skills. To date, 115,000 persons have directly benefited from the work of the volunteers, and the success of her initiative has convinced the French government to create the first Civic Service National Agency to scale-up Marie’s model and foster a citizenship spirit among new generations of young people. Set up in May 2010, this Agency officially recognizes and finances social engagement. It works hand in hand with Unis-Cités to actively support and engage at least one youth in ten, in each age group, to become an ambassador of change.

While developing the civic service, Marie has contributed to changing the entire social infrastructure to make sure these new changemakers reinforce the social impact of existing organizations. Efficiency-oriented, Marie supports partner organizations, which welcome young people, in defining needs and objectives, structuring volunteering missions and dealing with management, integration and training of the teams. By doing so, she makes sure that on the one hand, young people accomplish useful and fulfilling missions and, on the other hand, welcoming organizations benefit from professional, creative and intrapreneurial volunteers.

Through Unis-Cité, Marie is the first to encourage and facilitate citizen engagement for all those between 18 and 25-years-old. Convinced that each individual has a role to play in solving social and environmental issues, she has removed financial and cultural barriers by designing and implementing a highly-valued volunteer civic service across France. On a volunteer basis, her programs have allowed thousands of young people to fulfil six to nine month missions within a partner network of 600 social organizations, and thus develop young peoples’ empathy, open-mindedness, and leadership skills. To date, 115,000 persons have directly benefited from the work of the volunteers, and the success of her initiative convinced the French government to create the first Civic Service National Agency to scale-up Marie’s model and foster a citizenship spirit among new generations of young people. Set up in May 2010, this agency officially recognizes and finances social engagement. It works hand in hand with Unis-Cité to actively support and engage at least one youth in ten, in each age group, to become an ambassador of change.

While developing the civic service, Marie has contributed to changing the entire social infrastructure to ensure these new changemakers reinforce the social impact of existing organizations. Efficiency-oriented, Marie supports partner organizations, which welcome young people in defining needs and objectives, structuring volunteering missions and dealing with management, integration, and training of the teams. By doing so, she ensures that on the one hand, young people accomplish useful and fulfilling missions and on the other hand, welcoming organizations benefit from professional, creative, and intrapreneurial volunteers.

Marie has thus successfully created all the conditions to further youth citizenship and promote youth social entrepreneurship. Benefiting from a large database of committed youth, a powerful support from public and private partners, and a national recognition, she now aims at reaching a second tipping point where young people not only understand and participate in social issues but also create their own solutions by starting their own social ventures. Cross-fertilization with existing programs—e.g. Ashoka Youth Venture—is a key component of Marie’s strategy to set up new programs. Marie also works in Africa where she has already brought her expertise to build civic service in Burkina Faso. Observing the lack of existing social organizations there, she will focus directly on social entrepreneurship and partner with local networks to accelerate the implementation of her initiative.
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