Youth Co-empowerment

The amount of young people not in employment, education or training (“NEET”) is a growing problem all over the EU. In 2015, 66 000 of 18–29 year olds were NEET youths in Finland. It is of utmost importance to find out more data about their situation and to pilot new ways to involve them in the society.

We want to test and create new ways to involve young people into society in order to increase their participation and to decrease exclusion. First, we want to let young people to tell their stories to enlighten their current situation: What supports them in their life? What appears to be a hindrance in their way? We also want to understand, how young people experience and understand inclusion. What attracts them to participate and what prevents them from participating? We expect to find out possible solutions to the most important challenges on how to activate young people both online and in real life.

Schedule:
September–October 2018: filming youth stories
October 2018: formulating the challenges based on the compiled stories
Spring 2019: hackathons and social media research

Geographic area and target groups:
The main target audience are municipalities in Finland and other national and international actors (public sector, NGOs and private sector), interested in involving young people. The pilot is targeting the youth around the city of Turku.

Collaborators:
City of Turku is an important stakeholder. The inclusion-related challenges found during this pilot will be included in the policy program of the city aiming to tackle youths’ marginalisation.

Pilot actions:
As a background for the pilot, the project collects videos on youths’ experiences and their opinions about inclusion using the Community Reporter method. Based on this information, group of hard to reach youths gathers to formulate concrete challenges about what hinders inclusion in the city of Turku. These challenges will be tackled in hackathons, where young people find out practical-level solutions to aforementioned problems. The pilot will also collect youths’ opinions about participation through social media.

Expected results:
The main output are the new models on how to participate and how to increase the participation of the “hard to reach” young people.
We expect to have many useful inclusion-improvement ideas that can be implemented by the city of Turku and shared to other municipalities as well.

CoSIE partners involved: The partners in this pilot are Turku University of Applied Sciences and Kuntaliitto.

Contact: Hanna Kirjavainen, hanna.kirjavainen@turkuamk.fi