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The J2P social and cultural centre: giving people in the 19th a voice and the means to act

Summary : Since 2006, the residents' association J2P (Jaurès Pantin Petit), has welcomed children, youths and adults in a friendly area in a little Parisian neighbourhood where a wide range of social, artistic and cultural activities are available. Operating according to a collaborative and partnership-based approach, this socio-cultural centre promotes the empowerment of residents and their ability to take hold of local social issues.

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  • Start date : 1997
  • Implementation site : 19th arrondissement of Paris
  • Budget : 600000 €
  • Source and details on funding : 70% public funds + 30% private funds (Fondation de France and Fondation Sisley d'Ornano)


  • J2P (Jaurès Pantin Petit)
  • 19-24-32 rue Petit
  • 75019 Paris
  • Employees : 7
  • Volunteers : 50
  • Members : 500


Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  03/08/2016 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : Unclear results and impact
Solution(s) : Culture, sport and leisure activities Education Social exclusion and isolation
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Minorities, Immigrants, Pupil, students, Adolescents
  • Domain :  Work, Leisures activities, Sports, Education, Training, Culture

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Poverty France » (Paris 19ème)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Rodrigues Kétia , « The J2P social and cultural centre: giving people in the 19th a voice and the means to act », **Journal RESOLIS** (2016)

Background to the programme

J2P (Jaurès Pantin Petit) stems from the mobilisation of residents of la rue Petit in the 19th arrondissement of Paris to protest against very poor housing in the Petit block in the 1990s. Initially brought together in an activist collective "Coordination Logement Petit" (Petit Housing Coordination) (including MRAP (Movement against racism and for friendship among peoples), SOS Racisme, Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, NAJE-Théâtre Forum, Habiter au quotidien, Flandre Village…) to request the relocation of 250 residents, the initiative became official once the reconstruction of the block began. In 2006, the association received "Social and Cultural Centre" approval which allowed it to dedicate itself fully to concerted social interventions in terms of access to rights, empowerment of people and social ties.

Objectives of the programme

- Promote the integration of residents in difficult situations

- Participate in the social and cultural development of a neighbourhood

- Provide access for everyone to knowledge, understanding and culture

Implemented actions

Various activities for residents, young people, children and families across 4 premises:

- Workshops for learning French with several levels for adults: sociolinguistic understanding for migrants (1-3 times a week during the day or evening), French with a professional aim (activity facilitator for children and adolescents) sociolinguistic, literacy and FLE and preparing the initial French language diploma (DILF)

- Social mediation action and support with administrative procedures for those who aren’t fluent or know little French

- Activities for young people (6-11 and 12-25 years): school support (€50/year), artistic and cultural activities (€20/year), workshops in citizenship, calligraphy, computer assisted music, leisure centre (charge), educational support and hobbies (12-16 years)

- Support with parenthood: discussion groups, meetings between parents, coffees between residents and shared parent-child hobbies

- Cultural and artistic activities: cultural outings, artist invitations, theatre project

- insertion forum through theatre, audio recordings and video projects, storytelling evenings, film screenings and percussion workshops

- Organisation of trips for children and families

- Organisation of events: the "Dictée du 19ème " (annually), Neighbourhood Festivals and car-boot sales

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- 9th “Dictée du 19ème » (2016): 84 participants including 17 young people

- Strengthening of social ties in the neighbourhood

Original characteristics

J2P proposes actions that respond to needs that aren’t sufficiently catered for, particularly those related to the integration of immigrant populations.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

CAF (Family Allowance Fund), DDAAS (Departmental Directorate of Health and Social Affairs), DASES (Directorate of Social, Child and Health Action), OPAC Paris Habitat, CRIF, Department, City of Paris, Town Hall of the 19th, Crimée Youth Library, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Jaurès-Manin Neighbourhood Council and FCS75 (Federation of Social Centres in Paris), KHOROM, ALINEA, ETRE POUR DEVENIR, Inter-professional & inter-association Coordination in Social Work (CIITS) Aides moi si tu peux, Entr'Aide, AJAM, Bail et clés, Danube Social and Cultural, Social Centre Espace 19 Ourcq, Belleville en vues, ASSREFLO, Cafézoïde, Ligue des droits de l'homme, Triangulacion Kultural, GRDR Migration-Citoyenneté-Développement, Site Prevention Association (APSV) de la Villette ...


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- Lack of human and financial resources

- Not being sufficiently involved in the development of public policies which are often disconnected from the real needs of residents

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Member of the CIITS 19: today this collective brings together social centres in the 19th arrondissement (Espace 19 Ourcq et le Centre social et culturel Danube), the local Entr’aide Association and specialised prevention teams (AJAM and OPEJ)

- Membership costs but is affordable

Suggestions for future improvement :

Research action over 2 years to mobilise the inhabitants around solutions to be found for their neighbourhood and to exchange ideas with policymakers

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- Strong partnership network to unite the initiatives together, share the problems of the neighbourhood and the arrondissement and pool ideas, tool and methods with a view to them being complementary

- Get involved in local creativity

- Project Construction: define the impact zone in advance, quantify the people in collaboration with other existing organisations, establish the different methods of the residents’ associations in the development of the social project (set up projects with and not for inhabitants)

- Have a global approach to the neighbourhood and its inhabitants by working across disciplines on youths, adults/families, entertainment in the area ...

- Initial decisive support: Fondation Abbé Pierre (financing of a social survey) and La Bellevilleuse

- Intergenerational dimension despite the age groups targeted with activities

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