The National Network of Junior Associations
In France, it’s rather complicated to create a regular « association » when you are under 18.
That’s why the National Network of Junior associations gives young people the opportunity to create and manage projects by themselves, and provides useful tools (insurance, bank account, guidance…).
The Network has been created by various educational federations; It is composed of “La Ligue de l’Enseignement”, “la Fédération des Centres Sociaux et Socioculturels de France”, “la Confederation des MJC”, la Fédération Française des MJC” and the NGO “Jets d’Encre”.
Employees of these federations spread around the country act as “county outposts” or “regional coordinators” and help make contact with one or several local stakeholders so as to ensure the success of each Junior Associations project in that area.
County outposts can also gather into a guidance committee, in order to coordinate their actions regionally.
The last « adult link » is the mentor: if the teenagers of the Junior Association want, an adult referee will be appointed to guide and council them in the progress of their project.
This person is a volunteer and can be a teacher, a parent, a youth worker, a camp counsellor, a member of a non-profit organization...