Young people in Brussels get support for dream projects


A multi-cultural hair salon and a shop for vintage motorcycles are just two of the projects chosen by the Brussels region to support in the coming months

City Champions

The King Baudouin Foundation and the Brussels-Capital Region’s minister for equal opportunities have joined together to select 18 young people – called Future City Champions – to realise their dream projects. The projects range from a special Brussels currency to an interactive platform that brings youth and volunteer organisations together.

A jury made up of representatives of business organisation Atrium, media outlet Bruzz, employment agency VDAB and culture house Flagey, among others, selected the 18 from among those who responded to a call for submissions last year. The call asked for innovative ideas to improve people’s lives in the capital.

Those selected will receive professional support including coaching and workshops to help make their ideas reality. Many of the successful projects have a social aspect to them, including a meeting place for young cyclists, organising cultural trips for seniors and a common space for parents of handicapped children and carers to come together.

Other ideas include a mobile gourmet snack truck, a multi-cultural hairdressing salon, a theatre piece featuring ordinary people from all backgrounds and a shop for used and vintage motorcycles.

Photo courtesy Future City Champions