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Jeesaan -project: inspiring youth in volunteering
Jeesaan – Young people in volunteering -project is a project coordinated by Citizen Forum (Kansalaisareena). The aim of the project is to inspire young people and students to get involved in volunteer work. The project is carried out in Vantaa and it brings together several local organizations and institutions. The city of Vantaa is also involved in the project, for example by offering volunteer work opportunities for students.
Jeesaan -project organizes volunteer work courses at local high schools and vocational schools, and students can get study credits by taking the course. In the course students get an introduction to volunteer work and do volunteering in practice.
The aim is to create a general model of a volunteer work course that any school can use to organize their own volunteer work course. Together with the local organizations, the project also develops volunteering opportunities and processes that are specifically designed for getting young people involved in volunteer work.
Jeesaan -project is carried out during 2017–2019 and it is funded by STEA.
Young people in volunteer work
There are plenty of volunteers in Finland, and about one third of Finns participate in volunteer work. However, according to studies, young people are underrepresented in volunteering compared to other age groups; only 19 per cent of people between the ages 15 and 24 are involved in volunteering. Still, young people have a positive attitude towards volunteer work, and no less than 80 per cent of young students expressed interest in volunteer work as a part of their studies. It is important to offer inspiring volunteering opportunities and support young people in starting volunteering.
Volunteer work in schools
Many schools in Finland already arrange volunteer work courses for their students. During the Lend a hand -project, we learned from these experiences and developed course models further. In addition, together with the organizations offering volunteer work we develop volunteer work that young people can participate in easily. Many young people are interested in short term volunteering such as pop-up workshops, arranging events, or other campaigns. Together with young people and volunteer organizations we can create new types of activities that are attractive for young people.
The project makes use of previous studies and experiences related to volunteering. You can find Finnish (some in English) publications related to youth volunteering here.
Are you interested in hearing more about the project? Feel free to contact us!