WHAT IS RUUTI?
Ruuti is a participation system for young people in Helsinki. It embraces diversity and creates opportunities for young people to promote the issues that matter to them in a way they feel is their own. Ruuti’s activities are primarily directed at young people between the ages of 13 and 17.
RUUTI OBJECTIVE AND PRINCIPLES
Ruuti’s goal is to provide each young person in Helsinki with at least one instance a year where they feel they can make a difference. The operations are guided by five principles: the promotion of influencing and participation skills, equal opportunities and equality, working for the common good, regionality and working together, and the multiformity of participation.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Ruuti is tailored to young people. Ruuti lives and evolves with the young people and the City. Ruuti activities include RuutiBudjetti, the participatory budget for young people, Helsinki Youth Council, the young people’s initiative system, young people’s project grants, the Nuorten Ääni (Voice of Young People) editorial staff, and pupil and student body activities in schools and educational institutions.
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF RUUTI?
The Culture and Leisure Division of Helsinki is in charge of planning and implementing Ruuti operations in close cooperation with the Education Division. The Ruuti system is part of the Participation and Interaction Model in Helsinki, and all of the City’s divisions participate in its implementation.