17.08.2017 | fondazione zegna

A tutor for every minor: a possible dream

Good progress by Fondazione Zegna-supported Cesvi project for the social and economic integration of non-accompanied foreign minors in Sicily

Making a dream come true is a difficult task at the best of times but for some people it’s even more arduous. Non-accompanied foreign minors living in Sicily, for instance.

It was to them in fact that Fondazione Zegna and Cesvi dedicated “A tutor for every minor”, a project designed to facilitate the social and economic integration of this particular category of young people.

Launched in 2016, the project is seeing very encouraging signs this year too. The figures speak clearly: 8 of the 12 participants in the pizza maker course are continuing their training in 2017, in apprenticeships that will help them gain proper legal status. A further seven young people were involved in the second phase of the project. A total of 26 young people are now benefitting from the Cesvi program funded by Fondazione Zegna.

The experience offers them a real opportunity to find a job and settle down locally. And not only: in many cases finding a job may also mean making friends and even finding somewhere of their own to live.

“I’d always wanted to work in catering; that’s why I decided to go to hotel management school,” says Ayman Dib Youssef Abdou, one of the four young people taken on by the businesses that had apprenticed them. “I learned a lot and quickly and after two months the owners already asked me to work in the kitchen as assistant cook. Various clients of the restaurant asked to meet me and complimented me on my dishes.” A difficult dream indeed, but it came true.