The Youth Department’s participatory budgeting model called RuutiBudget gives young people authority over the funds and the activities of their local youth work units. Participatory budgeting in the form of RuutiBudget is one way of developing Helsinki into an even more democratic city for young people. The youth centres in chosen areas provide information on how to get involved in RuutiBudget. RuutiBudget always deals with the action plan and the budgeting for the following year.
RuutiBudget has four phases. The kick-off takes place at RuBuFest, which is an event organised for the upper stage comprehensive schools in the area. At RuBuFest, young people get to present ideas on how to develop their area and its leisure time activities. These ideas stemming from young people’s perspectives are collected and assembled into themes for the workshops taking place in autumn, where young people turn the ideas into proposals for action. The proposals are then brought to local upper stage comprehensive schools for election. A jury made up of young people and Youth Department employees verifies the voting results. In late autumn, the jury gathers to confirm the voting results and decide on the proposals for action that will be executed the following year together with young people.
The proposals made so far have ranged from making public spaces tidier and livelier to building a BMX practice track.
All the young people in the RuutiBudget area can take part in the RuutiBudget!
For more information on the RuutiBudget, including the progress of the action plans, visit the RuutiBudget website (finnish only).