During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Agbar Foundation will provide grants for five students within the framework of the ‘Joves Talents’ (Young Talent) programme. The objective of this programme is to promote training in water and the environment for young people with talent but limited economic resources. These five students will join the three students who have already been benefitting from the grant since last year.
The ‘Joves Talents’ grant programme aims to promote training in the field of water and the environment for people with talent but limited economic resources. The grants are focused on Agbar’s strategic areas of development: digital transformation, innovation, sustainability and social development.
The Agbar Foundation has awarded the grants to candidates proposed by the Confederation of Neighbourhood Associations of Catalonia (CONFAVC), within the framework of the neighbourhood programme Aula Actual, which works with secondary schools in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Full enrolment fees will be paid for the young people in receipt of the grants, in addition to up to 1,500 euros for related personal expenses. The candidates’ eligibility for the grants has been considered by taking into account the information on their academic record, socioeconomic situation and personal motivation described in their application forms and shared during in-depth personal interviews. The students in receipt of the awards will be able to study at the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya–BarcelonaTech (UPC), or Pompeu Fabra University.
Collaboration with the CONFAVC Foundation
The ‘Joves Talents’ grants have emerged through collaboration between the Agbar Foundation and CONFAVC, each of which strive to support the most vulnerable members of society from their different fields of action. This is the second year in which the grant programme has been organised, and it is hoped that it will give new opportunities to young people whose secondary schools have identified them as having potential, but who would otherwise not be able to go to university due to family circumstances, whether these be related to economic issues or due to a lack of support. This potential can be in any domain related to the transformation of society and businesses through the DISS (Digital, Innovative, Sustainable, Social) model.
This is a long-term project with which the Agbar Foundation hopes to facilitate the link between businesses and the professional development of these students, through mentoring activities, work experience, or local recruitment.