DuoDay 2019 : the Consulate supports the employment of people with special needs
For the very first time, on May 16th, the Consulate General of France participated in DuoDay, a campaign by the French Ministry for Social Affairs to promote the employment of people with disabilities.
The idea around DuoDay is to give a person with disabilities the chance to participate firsthand in a day of work activity alongside a volunteer from the work organization.
The DuoDay initiative originated in Ireland and then spread in European countries. In France, the first nation-wide DuoDay took place in 2017.
On May 16th, we were proud to organize the very first DuoDay in New York inside the Consulate General of France. We chose to partner with two US associations, The Blue Bears and The NY Foundling, who support disabled people in their everyday life.
We opened the doors of the Consulate to five interns and showed them what happens behind the scenes.
Our interns got to see every nook and cranny of our Fifth Avenue Consulate, beginning by our Consule générale’s office and our grand salon overlooking Central Park.
After a visit of a Manhattan precinct by Jean-Christophe, our liaison officer to the NYPD, the interns were greeted by our Chef Sébastien Baud in the Consulate’s kitchen and got to cooking. A potluck lunch was organized in our salon chapelle with our entire staff.
In the afternoon, the interns participated in a mock election, under the guidance of our social service team.
The day ended with a speech from our Deputy Consul General and each intern got to leave with a diploma and good memories!
Thank you to The Blue Bears, @TheNYFoundling, our social service team and especially Andrea for making this day possible! And we wish for #DuoDay to become a tradition in every French embassy and consulate around the world.
Learn more about our partners :
The Blue Bears is a Princeton-based group dedicated to providing meaningful and sustainable jobs to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by preparing fresh and balanced meals, daily.
The New York Foundling was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1869 as a home for abandoned children, The Foundling today offers an expansive array of services for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. Whether it’s an abused child in need of a foster home, a young mother who lacks the skills to care for her child, or a young person lost in the juvenile justice system, The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families.