Helsinki Youth Council
Helsinki Youth Council consists of thirty 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 Youth Council chooses the issues that are covered at the annual student body assembly and puts together the necessary background material for those themes. Youth Council members also lead the working groups, are responsible for choosing the themes for the discussions and involved in developing the concept, the methods and the marketing of various events during the year.
Helsinki Youth Council regularly meets up with the Youth Director to discuss the initiatives suggested by young people. Youth Council also supports the progress of initiatives if necessary. They have a key role in participatory budgeting as it monitors the implementation of the RuutiBudget action plans. Furthermore, Youth Council 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, Youth Council gets to determine its own operating culture and the methods of promoting the issues that are important to the group. The activities of Youth Council 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 Helsinki Youth Council election. Youth Council is elected through electronic voting, where all 13- to 17-year-old residents of Helsinki are entitled to vote.
Contact Youth Councial via chairperson
040 1820 800