Winners of the Bracco Foundation’s 2017 Diventerò project awarded at the La Scala theater
27th May 2017 - La Scala theater
In five years the Bracco Foundation has invested over 1 million, 300 thousand euros in support of young talents
More than 1 million, 300 thousand euros invested in five years, 1,100 young candidates between the ages of 19 and 35, newly graduated and in search of work or involved in training courses. Merit is the sole factor in selection which has seen 230 young Italians and foreigners win the Bracco Foundation competition, becoming “Diventerò” in all respects. Among these, over half are women (56%), confirming the higher performance of young women in their academic careers compared to young men.
The social efficacy of the Diventerò project is demonstrated by the figures. An impressive 65% of Diventerò alumni are employed, 62% of which today are either permanent or temporary employees. To this we can add the personal growth that the Diventerò participants express through their development of independence and self-esteem after having taken part in the Project – two essential traits for turning young people into the true protagonists of the advancement of society.
The numerous young people have diverse stories behind them, like the one told during the ceremony by Nadia Mohamud Mohamed. The young Somali woman is one in a group of twenty young female and male refugees that, thanks to the University of Pavia and the Bracco Foundation, with the help of various partners like EDISU (an agency for the right to education), the Merit-based Pavia Colleges of Excellence and others, have the opportunity to begin and complete their own course of university studies in one of the most beautiful and historic Italian universities. “The stories of our talented young award recipients attest that the Bracco Foundation’s Diventerò project was a successful insight which allowed us to accompany many young people along the path of building their future,” affirmed Diana Bracco, President of the Bracco Foundation. “It is an initiative I feel strongly about and which is enhanced year after year with new opportunities. Today, for example, we are launching the 2nd year of the Circular Economy grant, an important matter inasmuch as it introduces a new and extremely interesting perspective from a standpoint of sustainability which I hope our youth may continue to develop for a better future.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony were Alexander Pereira, Superintendent of the La Scala Theater, Elena Centemero, President of the European Commission on Equality and Non-Discrimination, Cristina Tajani, Councillor for Labor Policy and Productive Activities for the City of Milan, Diana Bracco, President of the Bracco Foundation, the young Diventerò winners and Gaela Bernini of the Bracco Foundation. The evening was organized by the Corriere della Sera journalist, Luca Mattiucci, and concluded with a concert by the students of the La Scala Theater Academy.