This year Apprentis d'Auteuil, which was founded in 1866, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Today the foundation takes in more than 30,000 young people and families in its 230 establishments. Festivities begin on 9th March.
On 19th March 1866, Abbé Roussel took six children off the streets, seeing them as people in their own right rather than just street urchins. At that time, it wasn’t good for children to be wandering the streets. Many were arrested and sent to la Petite Roquette, a prison for juveniles in Paris. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of children and teens taken in by the foundation have benefitted from the comprehensive support focusing on both personal and spiritual development alongside manual, intellectual and vocational training. Today, the foundation has an annual intake into its establishments of nearly 25,000 young people experiencing problems at school, socially and within the family, and supports over 5,000 families in their role as educators.
On sale in bookshops from 9th March, is the "History of Marginalised Youth from the 19th Century to the Present Day" co-edited by Editions Textuel and Apprentis d’Auteuil. The preface is signed by child psychiatrist Marcel Rufo.
From 16th to 20th March 2016, there will be a photo exhibition on the forecourt of Paris City Hall, entitled, "The faces of Apprentis d’Auteuil – A Portrait of Marginalised Youth", in partnership with JCDecaux.
On 21th March, a commemorative stamp created by designer Pénélope Bagieu, celebrating 150 years of Apprentis d’Auteuil goes on sale by La Poste.