Combo – promoting young people’s inclusion and well-being

The project develops new methods, capacities and systems that promote young people’s inclusion and well-being and their integration to work life. It also aims to produce up-to-date information on the impact of interventions on young people’s inclusion and well-being.By broadly supporting the inclusion of young people in different fields, we can prevent their social exclusion, strengthen their ability to study and work, and create a basis for solid paths to education and work life.

AIMS OF THE PROJECT

  • To create strong, new co-operation and competence networks among actors in the fields of youth, library services, physical activity and culture, and educational institutes.
  • To strengthen the inclusion of young people in different environments and to improve their well-being.
  • To examine the impact of interventions on young people’s inclusion, well-being, and work life skills.

MAIN ACTIVITIES AND OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT

Building co-operation and competence networks, and developing new working methods among actors in the fields of youth, library services, physical activity and culture, and educational institutes: online brainstorming, network meetings, training, and activities in young people’s close environments that aim towards diversified interweaving (for example, theatre and hobbies in educational institutes, professional libraries in youth clubs). Work capacity certificate activities in vocational institutes are an essential tool for intensifying network-like co-operation.

  • Activating young people and strengthening their well-being, a mobile application for promoting young people’s competences, inclusion, work life skills, and well-being; evaluation of the interventions; interactive professional and recreational libraries; physical activity- and culture-oriented activation groups.
  • Examining the effectiveness of the interventions on young people in vocational upper secondary institutions (n= 1500-1800).
  • The project will create a competence and co-operation network, which will transform into a new type of activity in the everyday lives of young people. Young people’s competence, inclusion and ability to study and work will improve.

SCHEDULE

The project is conducted between 1 September 2015 and 30 June 2018.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Cultural and Sports Association of Finnish Vocational Education and Training (SAKU), Finnish Multicultural Sports Federation Fimu and The Theatre- and Circus School of Tikkurila.

In addition, the project works in collaboration with the Helsinki Vocational College, Omnia (The Joint Authority in Education in the Espoo Region), Finnish Youth Cooperation – Allianssi, Helsinki City Library, Tikkurila Upper Secondary, and Vantaa Youth Services.

FUNDING

The European Social Fund (ESF) / Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment