Connecting you(th). A call for articles on overcoming divisions in society

Educational Gap

The Foundation P&V fights against social exclusion of young people. Today's society appears to be divided in two groups (of young people) living side by side. These groups seem to crystallize around education. People with a low level of education and people with a high level of education do not meet often. They do not live in the same neighbourhoods, they do not attend the same sports clubs, schools or (digital) spaces, nor do they meet at church or in the army.

Years ago, the pillarization (segregation of society) was based on political and religious beliefs, but today, according to some people, it is based on the level of education. Not only do less educated people and highly educated people rarely meet, they also have different concerns. Graduates of higher education (also young people) worry for example about the environment, (higher) education and health care. Less educated people have more concerns regarding crime, immigration and unemployment.

Although the educational gap is not a new phenomenon, some say it has worsened in recent years, and especially affects poorly educated groups who are less able to build up a “good life”. Added to this is the growing awareness of the consequences that this educational gap can have on social cohesion and on the possibility of building a society which is open to everyone.

Call for contribution

Therefore, the Foundation P&V is launching a far-reaching operation: Connected you(th). Overcoming divisions in society. This project aims, in a first stage, to gather the most recent and relevant scientific knowledge on the subject via a call for articles which are able to elucidate in a rigorous, empirical and original way (1) the great divisions in our society, especially around education, the evolution of these divisions, the causes of this evolution, and their consequences; (2) emerging meeting spaces and people who can form a "bridge" between different groups of youngsters; (3) "good practices" that succeed in breaking down the divisions among young people.

The articles will be written in English (mandatory) and will be evaluated in a first round by three experts for each article. The second round of evaluation will be undertaken by a high-level evaluation committee which will select, among the highest ranked articles in the first round, the max. 10 winning articles. These articles will be rewarded with a prize of EUR 2,000 each.

Moreover, the winning articles will be presented during a European conference that will be held in Brussels on 12th May 2020. During this conference, the laureates will be invited to comment on their work and debate with field experts, practitioners, fellow researchers and politicians. The conclusions of this conference will determine the sequel of this multi-annual project.



Read our regulations here and download the application form here.

You will find more information on the subject here.


​​​​​​​In Short

The article must:

  • Be submitted before 30 June 2019.
  • Be written in English. 
  • Not exceed the limit of 10 000 words. 
  • Not have been published yet. 
  • Relate to Belgium or be comparable and relate to one or more European countries or OECD countries. 
  • Focus on youngsters (max 30 years old) or be compared to them.



February 2019:              Launch of call for articles

30 June 2019:               Article submission deadline

Nov/Dec 2019:              Announcement of results

12 May 2020:                     Conference



28,000 euros raised for De Warmste Week and Viva For Life!

For the second consecutive year, the P&V Foundation and P&V Group organised solidarity actions to support Viva For Life and De Warmste Week.

Various actions were organized, such as a sponsored 10 km walk with nearly 340 colleagues, an afterwork that brought colleagues and players from the City Pirates - one of the charities supported by P&V Group For Life - together for a friendly football tournament, a book sale, a week of solidarity in the company restaurant or a solidarity yoga lesson, etc.

Read here the interview of City Pirates by Gazet van Antwerpen about the support the club received via P&V Group For Life.

The numerous organized actions raised a total of 14,000 euros, amount that was doubled by the P&V Group. See you next year!

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ECHO- June 2019

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Final event “My Future, Our Society”

On 8 May 2019, the P&V Foundation organised a conference at 10 am in Brussels to conclude its extensive research and action programme on collective action of young people.


In the morning, several inspiring speakers shared their practical experiences with the audience.

In the afternoon, the eight laureates of our call to projects and several partner organisations presented their results in various workshops.

For more information about the workshops, clic here.

After an intermezzo of The Troubadours and the possibility to visit the Next Generation, Please! exhibition in Bozar, a debate on the revitalisation of collective action among young people took place.

Discover the complete program of our final event.

Discover the video about the event.


The Speakers

Pepijn Kennis, Toestand

Coordinator and driving force behind the non-profit Toestand, which aims to reactivate forgotten or abandoned buildings and (public) spaces by means of dialogue, creation, autonomy and action from local (young) residents. Toestand recently received the Ultima for social cultural work

Click here for the powerpoint presentation.

​​​​​​Julie Foulon, MolenGeek, Girleek

Founder of Girleek, a platform to inspire women and empower them into the ICT sector, and MolenGeek, a coworking space and a coding school created in Molenbeek. She recently received the Gender Award and the Global Citizenship Award for MolenGeek.


Victoria Anderica, Madrid City Council

Director of the Transparency Project in the Madrid City Council, which launched “Decide Madrid”, an online platform to facilitate direct, individual participation in the city's public affairs. Expert in access to public information, freedom of information and expression, and citizen participation.

Click here for the powerpoint presentation.


​​​​​Michel Pradolini, City Pirates

Successful and socially committed entrepreneur, and founder and chairman of City Pirates, a broadly supported social project and football club. He received the Citizenship Award from the P&V Foundation in 2018.

Click here to watch the video of City Pirates.


Anne Muxel, Sciences Po Paris

Professor and Research Director at the CEVIPOF (Center for Political Research at Sciences Po Paris). She coordinated various national and international projects and publications on youngsters and politics, political participation and intergenerational transmission of attitudes and practices.


Gary Pollock, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor and Head of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been involved in (European) research for over twenty years and is interested in using survey data to examine young people in society in terms of their social and political outlook, as well as their employment and family trajectories.

Click here for the powerpoint presentation.


​​​​​​​Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, VU University of Amsterdam

Professor of social change and conflict at the VU University in Amsterdam. Her research interests are social movements, collective action, online and offline participation and mobilization, and motives for engaging in protest activities.

Click here for the powerpoint presentation.


Discover the complete biographies of our speakers.


Only 16% of young adults believe they can rely on the political system to help them solve their problems or achieve their dreams. This feeling of political alienation was clearly present among the 2,000 young adults interviewed for the book "Beyond the Narrative of Decline" of Mark Elchardus (2015). For the most part, they rely on themselves, their family and a bit of luck.

Yet politics loses its meaning if people do not realise that having a good job, a comfortable home, a nice neighbourhood, safe streets and decent healthcare are strongly tied to collective conditions.

Therefore, the Foundation P&V launched a multi-annual project to reconcile young people with social engagement and the political system in general. The first phase was a call to organisations in the broadest sense of the word (non-profits, schools, de facto associations, …) that work with and for young people and are able to coordinate a project that brings young people together to find a solution to a problem they are experiencing or to realise a dream within the areas of work, housing, health, sport, etc.

Our general aim: make young people aware that through collective action and starting dialogues with (local) authorities and public institutions, they can solve personal problems or achieve their dreams. We also hope to encourage political institutions to be more responsive to young people's problems and dreams.

By October 2016 we had received 137 candidatures. A jury of experts selected eight laureates which received a grant and were monitored for one year and a half. Four projects come from Flanders (J100, Cachet, EW32 and Vrienden van de Put), two from Brussels (Scouts des Marolles and Ades) and two from Wallonia (Couleur Café asbl and Maison de Jeunes de Jalhay-Sart).

Since the start of our project, various conferences and debates have been organised, projects have been supported and progress has been made. To conclude “My Future, Our Society” we will bring together the different laureates of the call to organisations, invite several inspiring speakers – each specialised in a particular field regarding collective action – and organize multiple workshops.

With this final event we wanted to present the experiences of the 8 best practices and our whole project, as well as bring together researchers, experts, field practitioners, youngsters and politicians and the broader public, from Belgium and abroad, to discuss and to identify policies that could help in the fight against political alienation of youngsters and the revitalisation of collective action in our society.

Discover the videos from the winning projects!

Workshops Presentations (PowerPoint)

Workshop 1 : " Youth (re)making the neighbourhood"


Workshop 2: "Youth influencing local policy making"


Workshop 3 : "Ways to give youngsters a voice and ressurces to take action"


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