Embassy Welcomes French Charity to Washington
On December 5, the Embassy of France gathered members of the business and philanthropy communities for a reception aiming to expand the work of the prominent French charity, "Apprentis d’Auteuil."
Apprentis d’Auteuil seeks to bring its work to the United States. The group—whose name means "Apprentices of Auteuil," a neighborhood that straddles Paris’s city limits—concentrates its efforts in youth-oriented services such as vocational training and cultural programs to encourage disadvantaged adolescents and teens toward professional and social mobility.
With a strategic focus on successful French professionals in the United States, the goal of the event was to recruit "Ambassadors," the organization’s term for high-level professionals able to leverage their networks and resources for the benefit of participating young people. There currently exist 15 "Ambassador’s Clubs" in France and another in London. These gather nearly 180 business and social leaders across a range of sectors.
- Nicolas Bergerault presents the role of the charity’s "Ambassadors"
Pascale Lemaire-Toquec, Director of Development for the group, explained during the Embassy event that the move toward the U.S. offers new opportunities within the American philanthropy scene. "This could be the beginning of something," she said in an interview.
Ms. Lemaire-Toquec also cited a previous collaboration with Don’t Miss a Beat, a Florida-based organization that provides community programs in music. The goal of future French-American projects is to "bring to life... something very big," she said, while enhancing relationships among similar organizations in each country.
Apprentis d’Auteuil operates programs and partnerships on behalf of 16,500 French youth and their families. The group offers 74 job training programs and provides international travel opportunities to over 1,000 youth every year.
- Center : François Content, General Director of Apprentis d’Auteuil and Ambassador François Delattre