“Nothing happens without young people”

The Youth Programme aims to diversify young people’s voices and allow their different opinions and ideas to be heard in society and in decision-making.

The Youth Programme’s motto is: ‘We can’t do anything without young people’. That’s why right from the start young people are the ones who determine how we will run the Youth Programme. But we also want to carry out the programme together with everyone involved in youth inclusion activity.


In everything we do we comply with the Safer Space Principles.

What is the Youth Programme?

There are almost a million young people aged 15-29 in Finland. The participation of young people in decision-making has been successfully developed for a long time, but still not everyone’s voice is heard.

The aim of the Youth Programme is to make sure that the experiences and needs of vulnerable young people are expressed in society. It also aims to generate new partnerships and solutions to prevent youth exclusion. The initial funding for the Youth Programme comes from the Deaconess Foundation.

Young people’s suggestions for a better future

During the spring and summer, we met a total of 140 vulnerable young people from across Finland.

We discussed with them what sort of future they would like to see and what things should change.

Read up more about their ideas!