Youth development

Youth development is one of the pillars upon which the Airbus Foundation is built, empowering young people for the challenges of tomorrow.

Inspiring through science and aeronautics

Through our various programmes, the Airbus Foundation invests in the future of the communities we support, sharing with young people our passion for science in general and aeronautics in particular. We are continuously developing initiatives that inspire and empower children and young adults through aerospace.

We are actively engaging in initiatives around the world and encourage more employees to support projects serving their local communities

Andrea DebbaneAirbus Foundation Executive Director
Students at the Lycée Aristide Briand, Paris, learn technical skills while restoring old aircraft with the support of retired Airbus Helicopter's employees.

The Foundation’s programmes positively impact hundreds of people every year, from school students in Europe and the US to Airbus employees.


Airbus Foundation's Flying Challenge

Youth development and Airbus Foundation's Flying Challenge

The Airbus Flying Challenge, ‘Take off for a successful life’, is the Airbus Foundation flagship youth development programme. Since 2011, the programme has been inspiring young people to continue their education, find their professional vocation and realise their dreams through mentoring with Airbus employee volunteers. 

Developed in partnership with the United Way and other local NGOs, the Airbus Flying Challenge also aims to promote Airbus values and encourage community engagement among employees as they share their passion and skills.

Through individual or collective mentoring sessions, visits to Airbus sites, workshops, career fairs and, most importantly, the flying experience at the end of the school year, more than 2,000 students worldwide have been inspired by aerospace, found new ways of learning and improved their grades and interpersonal skills.

Students celebrating the Flight Day in Toulouse

The Flying Challenge around the world

Airbus Little Engineer robotics programme

Starting in Middle East

Launched in May 2016 by the Airbus Foundation and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), this humanitarian youth programme trains thousands of Iranian teenagers aged between 12 and 14 in robotics and resilience techniques. The aim of the inititiave is to develop the students' skills to respond to disasters and ensure safer and more resilient communities for the future.

Foundation ; Little-Engineers
Originated from Middle East, the programme now aims to reach 3,000 students in its first year and will grow to cover several countries in Africa.
The Airbus Little Engineer programme aims to inspire and engage students through robotics and aerospace workshops.

Expanding to Africa

From August 2017 onwards, the Airbus Foundation together with its partner The Little Engineer is rolling out the Airbus Little Engineer (ALE) robotics programme in Africa.
The initiative aims at training thousands of students between 10 and 16 years old in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal is to encourage students to understand and embrace technology and ignite a passion that could grow into an exciting STEM career.