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Increased Youth Influence in Vantör

Stockholm

Detailed description of the Good Practice

In 2004-2005 the city district of Vantör in Stockholm carried out a project that aimed to increase youth influence in the district. Young people's opinions are often left unheard, so the district authorities wanted to find out what kind of needs and wishes they have.

A fieldworker and a coordinator for drug prevention discussed youth participation with young people at Vantör schools and youth recreation centers. Their goal was to absorb the needs and wishes young people have and to enhance their engagement and participation in social questions.

Giving young people the opportunity to participate in democratic processes contributes to increased equality and social equity. The project is one way to early involvement, participation and engagement of young people.

  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Citizen participation
  • Social & health

Objectives of the Good Practice

Objectives:

  • To involve young people in decision-making
  • To improve social inclusion
  • To better take young people’s needs into consideration

Benefits:

Factors of success in this project were the cooperation with several stakeholders and the direct contact with the youth in their own environment. Other strengths that ought to be presented is a solid connection with National Board of Youth Affairs and networks with other city districts with similar projects.

Weaknesses:

The net based tool “Luppen” turned out to be hard to work with. The participation of and collaboration with the local politicians was neither satisfying. Many of the activities didn't survive after the end of the project.

Participants of the Good Practice

  • young people
  • schools
  • youth recreation centers
  • teachers
  • parents
  • politicians
  • National Board of Youth Affairs
  • other city districts

Target group of the Good Practice

The youth

Funding of the Good Practice

The city district of Vantör. The budget for the project was 450,000 Swedish kronas. Main costs: Researchers were used in the beginning of the project to carry out an analysis. A fieldworker and a coordinator for drug prevention were recruited. A great part of the material was shared with other city districts carrying out similar projects.

More Details of the Good Practice

Through increased youth influence it's possible to increase societal engagement in an early age. The goal was to get at least 40 young persons involved in the project who could in turn create forums for youth influence. This goal was reached. The goal to increase youth influence and to organize a democracy group to make the young feel more involved in society supports Stockholm's public health program. Activities are carried on in e.g. leisure centres today.

Available files

Contact details

Ms. Monica Slama
Project manager
Division of city planning in the city district of Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Stockholm municipality
Email: monica.slama@h-l.stockholm.se
Phone: +46 8 508 23 092

Data sources and references

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