Among the programs initiated and developed by ACAY in the Philippines, the Second Chance program aims at the social reintegration of young people in conflict with the law through pedagogy centered on psychosocial and professional training, individual mentoring and therapeutic management. 90% of the beneficiaries of this program in the Philippines have not returned to prison.

With its experience in the field of reintegration into the society of young people in difficulty in the Philippines and faced to an educational urgency of an innovation in the approach of delinquent youth, ACAY wished to share the fruit of this work with the Minors incarcerated in France and pupils at risk of dropping out of school while working alongside the professionals and institutions in charge of incarcerated juvenile delinquency in order to help stopping the recidivism.

In France:

- 140.000 young people leave the school system each year without a diploma or qualification.

- 620.000 young people aged 18 to 24 are considered in great difficulty and have "dropped out" of the school system over the years.

- 16 years old is the age that concentrates most dropout students.

- Nearly 7 minors out of 10 convicts are again sentenced to prison within 5 years (Study Book of the Ministry of Justice).

Since 2010, conferences on ACAY's actions are given every year throughout France, both to prison professionals and entrepreneurs and business leaders, to pupils and detainees.

Nearly 5.000 school children and nearly 150 incarcerated youth attended ACAY's curriculum and curriculum lectures in the Philippines.

Following the solicitation of the penal institution for the Minors of Marseilles, ACAY has been conducting a work based on two axes in Marseille since 2014: rehabilitation with young offenders and prevention, in partnership with certain schools.

In addition, with a view to pooling skills and exchanges of experiences, young Filipino former juvenile delinquents incarcerated, graduates of the program, go to France to share their experiences and exchange with young beneficiaries in schools and penal institutions in the PACA region .


Within schools: Prevention

- 20 Conferences with 2 431 students

- Socio-educational training for 2 classes 

- 8 conferences for addiction prevention with 553 students


Within the penitentiary institutions: Rehabilitation

- 31 Conferences in 4 penitentiary institutions with 130 incarcerated minors
- Socio-educational training for 21 minors in detention
- Individual accompaniment for 22 minors

- 16 incarcerated minors exchanged letters with young people under the care of ACAY in the Philippines

In an open environment: Reintegration

- Support for reintegration into society for 32 minors in detention and for 9 minors after the prison “Support et relais dans la cite”
- Parental guidance for 5 families with minors in prison


Volunteering mission :

One of the young people followed by ACAY after detention could travel to the Philippines to discover ACAY's work with Philippines youth, share his story and engage in volunteering actions with these young people.

Results achieved

The 2 431 participants identified ways of achieving success: perseverance, self-esteem, self-confidence, decision-making, and choice.

130 young people initiated a relationship of mutual trust and created new friendships, drivers of change. Participants were awakened in the sense of citizenship and sensitized to serving others.

Pupils who took the annual training module on school hooking were remobilized in their school career.

21 young people in detention developed a better understanding of themselves.

5 families expressed their views on the young person, have a better understanding of their child in their social environment and have entered into a process of reflection on their parenting role.


Seconde Chance Marseille

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  • Project status

    In progress

  • Duration

    2018 - 2019

  • Funding

    25 000 €

  • Beneficiaries

    - 70 minors incarcerated within 6 penitentiary institutions
    - 800 pupils enrolled in middle schools and high schools
    - 36 pupils attending the St Vincent de Paul School (Marseille)

    - 9 former detainees under the care of ACAY 

    - 5 families of young minors incarcerated.

  • Partners

    ACAY France
    ACAY Philippines
    Ministry of Justice: Penitentiary Administration and Judicial Protection of Youth
    PACA Region
    Colleges and High Schools in Marseille, Paris and Priziac


  • Objectives

    Contribute to the prevention of early school leaving for young people in difficulty and to the rehabilitation and reintegration of young minors in conflict with the law.