What is it about?
Boost, the program that changes lives
Boost is a program of excellence that supports talented and promising young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Boost’s ambition is to maximise the chances of success for such youngsters in higher education and facilitate their entrance into the labour market.
To achieve this, Boost intervenes on 3 levels:
- Foster success: Support these youngsters during secondary and then further education, up to the moment they secure their first job.
- Develop personal and soft skills: Enable young people to confidently explore all facets of their personality and identity. Develop the skills needed to make their academic project, their professional career and, more broadly, their life project a success.
- Promote role models: Encourage our young people to become role models, by engaging in civic activities for the benefit of other young people within the Boost community. More broadly, encourage youth to get involved with other youth outside of the project who are facing the same socio-economic challenges as they are.
Boost offers a long-term approach. The program runs from the 4th year of secondary education until obtaining a degree and a first job (minimum 6 years).
Support for each Booster comes in many forms: group workshops, cultural activities, language courses, individual coaching, tutoring, mentoring and other opportunities. Our youngsters also receive financial and material support (scholarship, computer and printer).
The Boost community
In 2011, the King Baudouin Foundation launched the program in Brussels. Thanks to the SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent, Boost developed very quickly, both in terms of program content and geographically. Several partners then joined the program's founders. Boost is now active in 8 Belgian cities: Brussels, Antwerp, Liège, Verviers, La Louvière, Mons, Ghent and Ostend. The Boost community counts more than 600 young people, 118 jury members and the steering committee.
Each year, Boost launches a call for candidates to select new young talents who:
· Go to school in a Boost city
· Are in the 3rd year of secondary education (general, technical or artistic), have not repeated a year and have good school results
· Grow up in a socially and economically vulnerable environment
· Want to pursue their studies and obtain a higher education degree
· Are eager to discover and develop their talents
· Are motivated and ready to commit to a minimum 6-year program
Do you know young people who fit the profile? Then join us in making a difference! Visit https://www.boostfortalents.be/en/ for more information.
What enriches Boost is the mobilisation of the many people and organisations that work alongside our young Boosters. They each make a significant contribution.
King Baudouin Foundation
Concerned by the obstacles that all too often face talented youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds, in 2011 the King Baudouin Foundation decided to launch the Boost program in Brussels. Today, the Foundation is responsible for the central coordination of the program and its various local programs .
SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent
In 2012, the SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent decided to launch and develop the Boost for Talents program of excellence in Liege and Antwerp. It is thanks to this partnership that the program, which initially existed only in Brussels, was able to be successfully developed in other cities. The Fund’s vision has enriched the entire Boost program. To date, over 200 young people have been supported by the Fund in Liege and Antwerp. Spurred on by the program’s success in Liege and Antwerp, in 2018 the SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent decided to extend development of Boost for Talents to other cities. In 2019, La Louvière and Mons joined the Boost for Talents network.
- National Bank of Belgium
- Collibri Foundation
With the precious support of philanthropists whose funds are managed by the King Baudouin Foundation:
- Strandschelp Fund
- Pierre François Tilmon Fund
- Pierre van der Mersch Fund
- Philippe de Dorlodot Fund
- Baudouin van Bastelaer Fund
- Vandewynckele Fund
- Steldust Fund
- Génération Future Fund