Entitled «Putting artistic and cultural practices at the service of the autonomy of young people», this call for projects starts from the observation that the artistic and cultural practices of young people constitute one of the levers of access to autonomy, socialization, responsibility and citizenship.

The ministers welcomed the fact that thanks to this project, culture and artistic practices could enter the field of experimentation for youth, which is a first. They also stressed the
The social purpose of this project, which will not only guarantee young people access to culture throughout the country, by removing traditional tariff advantages, but also to make their artistic practices and commitments a vector of social and professional integration.
This call for proposals includes three main areas:
- a work to bring together cultural activities at school, at school and outside school and to reduce the number of
inequalities in access to cultural offerings;
- a section focusing on the encouragement of artistic practices and the expression of young people;
- a final axis dedicated to promoting professional integration through artistic practice.
The call for projects will include several competitions to encourage young people to make films
short or video clips aimed at improving the image of young people.
Ministers said 2.5 million euro will be spent on the project under the Fund
Youth Experimentation Centre (FEJ) and that this call for projects was open to all project leaders from now on
public or private (non-state).
The results of this call for projects will be known in early December, and the first experiments launched in January 2011.

ANNEX – Elements on the Youth Experimentation Fund (EJF) and the approach
Experimentation is a social policy innovation initially initiated on a scale
limited, taking into account existing uncertainties on its effects, and implemented under
This allows the effects to be assessed in the context of generalization.
1. A social policy innovation … it could be testing a new device
more favourable financial incentives or additional information, or all
these elements at the same time; in all cases, it seems essential that the innovation tested is a carrier of
social policy meaning, that is to say that it can be placed in the perspectives of evolution
of social policies, that we know the presuppositions and that we identify the issues to which
the more sophisticated the innovation tested, the more difficult it will be to
determine the relative share of each of its components in the results obtained.
2. Initially initiated on a limited scale, taking into account existing uncertainties on
its effects... experimentation is a transient measure on a defined small population group
geographically or on the basis of other criteria; it must lead to a political decision;
3. And implementation under conditions that allow the effects to be assessed...: this implies
that there is no bias in the selection of beneficiaries and that these beneficiaries are
comparable to a group of non-recipients; this also assumes that the
beneficiaries have reached a critical size;
4. ...in the context of generalization: various mechanisms may limit the interpretation
results of an experiment, with a view to generalization:
the beneficiary group may not be representative of the general population;
the context in which it is situated may not be comparable to the whole of society;
the knowledge of the beneficiaries that their behaviour will be measured may
bias the results;
more generally, the dissemination of information is not identical in the implementation of a
new device on a small scale and when the device is national, which can also bias
the results.
Article 25 of the law generalizing the RSA of 1 December 2008 provided for the creation of a "Fund
Experimentation for Youth". This fund is "endowed with contributions from the State and any legal person under public or private law who join forces to define, finance and pilot one or more programmes
to improve the social and vocational integration of young people aged 16 to 25".
Its budget has been increased to 150 million euros over two years (60M euros in 2009/ 90M euros in 2010) which will be devoted to experiments on youth policy. In addition, Total contributed €50 million and the UIMM contributed €3 million.

On 2 June 2009, the Total Foundation and the Ministry of Youth signed a 6-year partnership to
to develop experimental actions for the education and integration of young people. This partnership has
in the form of €50 million in financial support over the period 2009-2014 (€25 million in 2009 and then €5 million
million per year). In this context, the Foundation currently contributes to the financing of nearly 90 projects
on key themes in the course
integration of young people: access to driving licences, equal opportunities and combating discrimination,
access to care, diversification of educational and vocational guidance choices for girls, early prevention of disruptions in education and training, support for business creation. The call for projects «Fostering the journey of young people towards autonomy through artistic and cultural practices» allows the Foundation, active for many years with institutional and associative actors to allow young people access to culture and a discovery of its professions, to give a new dimension to its commitment.
Created in 1992, the Total Foundation has been active since 2008 in three main areas of action: solidarity
(health and education), culture (heritage and major exhibitions) and the environment (marine biodiversity). In France, and outside France, it contributes to projects designed with its partners
(associations, institutions, NGOs) , and initiatives proposed by Total employees in the field of solidarity and the environment.