Ruuti Core Group
The Ruuti core group consists of twenty young people between the ages of 13 and 17 who are elected annually. Their task is to work together with the Youth Department to make sure that the Ruuti participation system works effectively.
The core group chooses the issues that are covered at the annual Päättäjämiitti and puts together the necessary background material for those themes. The core group members also lead the working groups at Päättäjämiitti. At RuutiExpo, the core group is responsible for choosing the themes for the round table discussions and is involved in developing the concept, the methods and the marketing of RuutiExpo.
The core group regularly meets up with the Youth Director to discuss the initiatives suggested by young people. The core group also supports the progress of initiatives if necessary. The core group has a key role in participatory budgeting as it monitors the implementation of the RuutiBudget action plans. Furthermore, the core group members are part of the youth guidance and service network and they contribute to the compiling of the review on youth welfare.
Like the other activity groups, the core group gets to determine its own operating culture and the methods of promoting the issues that are important to the group. The activities of the core group are supported by a youth worker assigned full-time to the task.
All 13- to 17-year-old residents of Helsinki can stand for the core group election. The core group is elected through electronic voting, where all 13- to 17-year-old residents of Helsinki are entitled to vote.
Get to know the members of the core group by reading their thoughts on the blog!