Created in 2007 by Karim Mahmoud-Vintam and recognized as being of general interest since 2013, Les Cités d’Or is an association developed in the parisian area before establishing in Lyon. It is directed at all and more particularly at young adults (16-35 year old) who are in social difficulty. “People who are going through hard times but above all who feel a deep material, emotional and symbolic disarray. They don’t believe in anything and are convinced they don’t have any role to play in society” explains Karim Mahmoud-Vintam*, Les Cités d’Or president.
In order to enable these young people to experience an original adventure while asking themselves about their lives, the association organizes alternative schools consisting of five “fundamental human skills” workshops. These workshops are keys to learn arguing one’s point of view and participate to a debate, find information, develop one’s network, becoming self-confident and understand the contemporary world.
The Gattefossé foundation supported the launch of the alternative school in the Guillotière area in Lyon, which started in January 2016, for 13 participants between the ages of 18 and 22. As part of this civic project, members of the La Guillotière group met twice a week to interact and work together. They also had the opportunity to share with Gattefossé employees about their life course, the obstacles they have overcome, the lessons they have learned in life…
The Gattefossé Foundation is very proud to partner with Les Cités d’Or, which has already helped more than 800 people so far.
The association is also among the 30 finalists of the major competition “La France s’engage”, a label that distinguishes projects that are the most innovative and useful to society.