For some, coming out of adolescence is not a straightforward path. This is the case of Kevin in Dijon (Côte d’Or). A foster child, he lived in a hostel before falling into delinquency. Homeless, he lived some time in the street before finally finding a job and a little stability.
Kevin Oliveira is 20 years old. He lives in Dijon. And as they say, he did not have an easy youth. As a child, Kévin was placed in a family home.
On his return to his parents, the young Dijonnais began an apprenticeship in mechanics. But that only lasts a few months. He abandoned his studies and then fell into delinquency. “I made stupidity after stupidity. Convocation upon convocation, says Kevin. My first mistake was stealing a scooter in front of the police station. “
With a friend, Kévin is arrested while he tries to enter the Auditorium of Dijon illegally. He was also arrested after an attempted hit-and-run following driving without a license. Kevin then tested positive on a saliva drug test. “They almost wanted to send me to prison,” he says. The mishap has the effect of a click. “I was like ‘I’m going a bit far here.” The young man who finds himself at the helm of a court understands that his life can be turned upside down.
A visit to the Sadi Carnot foyer
At the same time, it is his family life that is crumbling. After a violent argument with his father, the young man decides to leave the family home at the age of 19. Between a few nights spent with a friend or an ex-girlfriend, Kevin discovers the street and the life of the homeless. Sometimes he sleeps in a stairwell. “I wasn’t sure where to go. So I had done a little street. Then I went to the Foyer Sadi Carnot ”. This structure located in Dijon is a reception and guidance center (CHRS). It welcomes audiences in great difficulty such as pregnant women alone or young adults like Kévin.
But the structure has strict rules. The 40 residents cannot leave the center between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Dinner takes place at 6 p.m.“The Sadi Carnot home is a hard experience to manage. Over there, it’s not that easy ” comments Kevin. He also regrets not having been supervised to look for a job. He only stays there for a month and prefers to leave the structure. At the start of 2021, he found a cheap roommate with one of his friends.
Again, a new life begins. Kevin has to make arrangements with his friend to pay the rent. Not easy without a fixed salary. Sometimes his mother, with whom he stays in touch, brings him a shopping bag. He also goes to the Dijon day reception center to collect food. The “POP” as the regulars call it – the structure is managed by the Secours populaire. Kevin goes there often. There he meets other young people who like him, “struggle a little “.
A new life as a delivery man
At the start of 2021, Kevin eventually found a job. He becomes a pizza delivery man after months of hardship. “The bosses don’t take us seriously. They don’t want to give us a chance ” sums up Kevin who found this job by ordering a pizza. This job allows her to find stability in her life. “I feel better. I know I have money that will fall every month ”. With his background, Kévin would rather be independent than ask for help. “Waiting for support from others can take a long time and it’s better to do it yourself”.
And in twenty years, where does he see himself? “I’m not really the type of person who will throw myself away. In twenty years, I don’t know where I will be ” concludes Kevin. The young man would like, one day, to make a living from his passion, sport. He regularly practices street workout. This spectacular sport which mixes gymnastics and bodybuilding, is generally practiced outdoors. For 3 years, he has also taken to boxing and then to MMA (Les Arts martiaux mixtes, in French) A combat sport where almost anything is allowed.“I know it’s a dream but I would love to launch my career in MMA” he smiles. Because for some more than for others, life is a struggle.