The “Booster programme” is a programme of a civic service innovation network seeking to reintegrate into society young people in situation of school dropout. Offered by the association Unis-cité, it is a 6 to 9-month commitment combining civic service and school reintegration in regular Comprehensive school or vocational school.
The purpose of this programme is to guide minors to employment or training at the end of their civic service by allowing them to follow a school refresher course. While civic service is not a new concept, applying civic service to young dropouts helps to reverse the image these young people have of themselves: from those who are accompanied and helped, they become the ones who help others, which contributes to their revalorization. This social innovation is based on a particular working method (methodological innovation) combining a 2-days school refresher course and a 3-days collective civic service.