SIT 2019 finalist Brake-Out, which designed a programme to help young people between 18 and 22 years old with a mental disability and/or autism in their transition to the adult world, has won Belgium’s “Queen Mathilde Prize” for 2022.

Queen Mathilde handed out the €10 000 prize during a ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Brussels on 13 May. The theme for this year, “I SEE, IDEA, I DO”, focused on young people who implement projects.

Brake-Out, a non-profit organisation from Borgerhout, a district of Antwerp, is active in various regions of Flanders and “is committed to the inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities”. It helps people between 18 and 22 years of age to gain “new experiences, discovering their talents and developing a future project that matches their dreams and desires”.

In her speech, Queen Mathilde stressed the importance of “helping each other when the going gets tough”.

The “Queen Mathilde Prize” is awarded every year to an organisation that helps vulnerable people and young children.

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