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
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
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.
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.
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.
Discover other projects of the Airbus Foundation
Inspiring hospitalised children
At Toulouse University Children’s Hospital, patients get to experience ‘un Coin de Ciel Bleu’ – a patch of blue sky. Through this Airbus Foundation programme, the hospitalised children experience a virtual tour of the different parts of an airplane, get to virtually take off in a flight simulator and play games with Airbus employee volunteers.
Learning through science
Since 2011, the Airbus Foundation has supported the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in introducing and developing its ExploreAIR programme. The aim of the programme is to ignite curiosity in science, maths and technology, and to inspire youngsters to consider careers in aeronautics through an aviation science programme, summer camp and Principles of Flight workshops. More than 42,000 visitors of all ages, including approximately 30,000 children, benefit from the Exploreum’s curriculum-relevant exhibits, laboratory and classroom. A total of 120 Airbus employees have volunteered their time to help the programme.
Bringing aeronautics to hospitalised children
Ailes pour Tous, or 'Wings for All', is a day dedicated to the children at Purpan Hospital near Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The Airbus Foundation and the Toulouse Rotary Club collaborate with the children’s hospital to bring young patients and their families to Airbus for an unforgettable aviation experience. A visit to an Airbus A380 is followed by first flights, giving each family a chance to soar together through the skies of Toulouse.