Silta – Support and Guidance for Immigrant Youths

Title of the project/ ProgramSilta – Support and Guidance for Immigrant Youths
TownRegion of South-western Finland
Implementing institution/organizationCity of Vantaa
Age of target group17-30
Scope of target groupMigrant youths in danger of exclusion. Those who haven’t applied to secondary school or gotten a study place and those who have just arrived to Finland.
Innovative elementsSupported practical training periods with a project counsellor involved. The counsellor assists the immigrant youths in doing the work and if needed, also supports with learning the Finnish language
Why is your project considered good practice?Education is important, and migrant youths don’t educate themselves as highly as the population in average.
Besides, one may encounter long waiting periods between courses when integrating to Finland. This project turns the passive waiting period into action on behalf of youths’ own future.
ObjectivesTo construct an expert network in the Finnish capital area to support 17–29-year- old immigrant youths who have arrived late in the country.
Key activitiesTraining periods.
Three theme seminars.
Services and expert networks were mapped.
Expected resultsTo create a marginalisation-preventing network for migrant youths.
Number of engaged persons64
For further reading or informationHeidi Nygren heidi.nygren(at)