Forest Whitaker mobilizes for youth in Seine-Saint-Denis


Marked by the suburb which serves as the backdrop for Ladj Ly’s film Les Misérables, the actor decided via his NGO Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) to launch two actions for youth in the Paris suburbs.

UNESCO Special Envoy and President and Founder of the NGO Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) since 2012, the actor Forest whitaker takes child protection to heart, even in France. During a stay in Paris, he visited the Chêne Pointu district in Clichy-sous-Bois (in Seine-Saint-Denis), which we recently saw in the cinema in the background of the drama. Wretched by Ladj Ly (2019). Shocked by the living conditions of the young residents, Whitaker mobilized through his association for young people in the suburbs.

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It is therefore in partnership with the bank BNP Paribas that the NGO WPDI will commit to two lines of action (as reported The Parisian), by training young people in mediation to resolve conflicts and reduce violence with institutional actors, and by offering training in the professions of the future to give them the keys necessary for the creation of a business.

In Paris Peace Forum (held from November 11 to 13 this year), the actor said through his association that “the young person is not a problem but a solution to his own problems”. Currently present in Paris, Whitaker will go to La Courneuve this Saturday to meet the president of the department of Seine Saint-Denis and local actors in order to better understand the needs of this department, the poorest in France.

As a reminder, Forest Whitaker grew up in the poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Having successfully built a successful career in Hollywood, awarded an Oscar in 2006 for The Last King of Scotland, the actor has been involved since 2012 with his NGO with underprivileged youth around the world, by funding educational projects for young people living in regions affected by violence or conflict. The WPDI has previously intervened in South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico, the United States and South Africa. She will soon add France to her actions.

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