Project for Youth Social Inclusion
Katja Rajaniemi, Project Manager, Education Division
Responsible in the City Executive Group:
Liisa Pohjolainen, Executive Director of the Education Division
Within a partnership framework, Helsinki launches a large and comprehensive project to find system-based solutions to the threat of exclusion among young people. The project particularly looks at inherited deprivation, and sets out, on those grounds, to halt the deprivation process.
People that are hard to employ or who have reduced work capacity are helped find a job. Special attention is paid to the fact that the proportion of young people who fall outside education and work is clearly higher among those with a foreign mother tongue than among other young residents.
Exclusion suffered by children and adolescents is one of the worst problems of our times, both from the point of view of the individual and with respect to society and municipal finances.
The aim is to find new and efficient functional models to prevent social exclusion among children and adolescents and inherited deprivation.
At the same time, the Project is, on one hand, a way of concretising the City Strategy’s ambition for Helsinki to be a model example of European segregation prevention and, on the other, it enables equality and wellbeing in neighbourhoods.
Parties and partners:
The City’s own actors: Education Division (staff, day care centres, schools, colleges), Culture and Leisure Division (youth services, sports services, cultural services), Social Services and Health Care Division (family and social welfare services, health and substance abuse services), Helsinki Executive Office’s economic development officials (immigration, employment and entrepreneur services).
Cooperation partners: residents (children, young people, pupils, students, guardians, inhabitants), important associations working with children and adolescents (incl. civic organisations and immigrant organisations), companies, shopping centres, and international partners.
Cooperation: We make sure to involve the relevant actors of all divisions as well as the partners.
Correct timing: We identify and we support at an early stage families, children and youth, whose welfare and inclusion cannot be guaranteed by way of universal services only.
Target group: We identify groups of people or identities, which are particularly vulnerable and we direct our measures while taking equality into account, e.g. towards immigrants, handicapped children and youth, children and youth who have been relocated outside of their parental homes, and sexual minorities.
Accessibility: We make sure our services are customer-oriented and easily accessible.
The steering group, the project group and the partner network play an important part in the project.
Existing structures and networks are used in carrying out the project. Success is facilitated through an active trial spirit.
Project plan, summary (pdf)
Decision level and time table:
Decisions on the scheme or plan produced by the project will be made by the City Board.
The decision time table is presented to the City Executive Group in the autumn of 2018.
The city government approved the program in Februry 2019.