Speech of François d’AGAY,
President of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation (French)
True to the spirit of the French author and aviator who defended a society based on respect for humankind, cultural diversity, cooperation, commitment and individual responsibility, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation carries out various projects around the world to improve the everyday lives of youth and to help them attain better futures.
This institution, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, was created by the heirs of the author of The Little Prince and his admirers from the worlds of aeronautics and literature, in 2008.
Too many young people in this world grow up in difficult, often hostile environments, where they are confronted daily with conflicts up and into adulthood.
Faced with our changing society, we believe it is necessary to show young people the need to support each other, have a sense of responsibility to one another, and to engage as committed citizens.
We want to give them practical support by helping them build their own future and encourage them to take an active part in society.
We believe that any help given to the youth of today is also a service to mankind in general in all its cultural diversity.
Helping them to become responsible citizens
The work of the Foundation is based on the humanist values of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry -- universally shared across the planet.
It relies on a vast international charity network which already carries out numerous local projects representing these values.
Our founding values
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry inspires with his words and actions. They are relevant to all generations, particularly to the youth of today who are tomorrow’s citizens. His exemplary values can be seen in his writing and his endeavors: responsibility,hard work,unity,willingness to share and the respect for others.
Humanism constitutes the foundation of his thoughts:man must be at the centre of our focus.
Commitment towards others, through the duties of each, gives a meaning to human existence. These values offer guidelines for future adults on their journey to becoming responsible members of society.
Our Worldwide Action Network
The Saint-Exupéry international network regroups hundreds of active members, many of whom are volunteers.They are often connected to the world of education, business and economics.
They have gathered year after year around the emblematic figure of “St-Ex” and his humanist beliefs.
For the most part, they have developed specific concrete projects either through the creation of local charities or working with public institutions.
This network spans nearly 30 countries across all continents.