Jens Depelchin is passionate about people. He’s active in civic engagement as a social innovator at !DROPS. With the support of the Embassy he started the “We4Talent” initiative. With this project iDROPS designed an innovative process to work on empowering refugees. The world is in constant flux. For some people, those changes can be overwhelming or threatening.
“Collaborating with the U.S.Embassy was an amazing project. Actually one of my favourites! We started the “We For Talent” initiative with the support of the Embassy.”
The “We4Talent” project consists of workshops and creative sessions for vulnerable young people. With this project iDROPS designed an innovative process to work on empowering refugees in Belgium. They reached several of their goals on storytelling, intercultural skills and entrepreneurship.
!DROPS also facilitated the We4Work follow-on program in the city of Vilvoorde with the purpose of promoting youth employment with disadvantaged groups. The project focussed on youngsters with different ethnic backgrounds.
The program resulted in many videos in which these youth would pitch their dream company, a music video, or a digital story… Another deliverable was a prototype of an app that connects young people with soccer…
From a young age Jens has been passionate about people. He is currently building up expertise in civic engagement as a social innovator at !DROPS.
!DROPS is a social innovation agency. The world is in constant flux. For some people, those changes can be overwhelming or threatening. However, !DROPS considers them a breeding ground for new opportunities. In cooperation with other nonprofit organisations they create innovative solutions for social challenges.
“As a socially engaged agency we try to find innovative solutions, together with the people we work with. the creative process and the positivity is very important for us. In short, that is eyedrops!” says Jens
Jens Depelchin thrives in a multicultural environment. He is creative, intuitive, and a strategic thinker. Over the years he has developed a strong sense of empathy. Jens is a team player with a flexible mindset. He likes to make things happen…
When I was young I saw myself as a product of the world I live in. Everyone is the same, but when you grow up you start to realise your personal heritage and background is an important part of your identity. It makes you who you are.
Identity for me is not about being Flemish or Belgian or American. I am who I am, and I believe in my own talents and passions. Every person possesses that, but not everyone gets the same chances to use their talents and characteristics. I like to support people in using and developing their talents.
I think it is very important that I can be the person I really am. I’m Flemish but Belgian at the same time. I grew up in Belgium, and I do feel at home here. I like to travel and meet other people, but it makes me realise I’m a true local boy who likes it cozy, and enjoys good food and especially a good beer!
The “We4Talent” project was very important to us because it allowed youngsters to develop their own talents and use their passion to create their own project. They could choose their own project. It could be making your own video, or writing your own song, or developing an app, or starting up your own business … It can be anything!“The creative process and the positivity is very important for us at iDROPS”