How will RuutiBudjetti progress?
At the moment, RuutiBudjetti is implemented in 15 youth service units in Helsinki. Each unit implements RuutiBudjetti in close collaboration with the local schools. RuutiBudjetti is carried out in multiple stages so that as many young people as possible have the chance to participate in a way that is suitable for them.
1.) Information gathering
RuutiBudjetti starts with information gathering every spring. All youth services units implement the information gathering in a way that is suitable for the area’s young people. During the information gathering, young people’s hopes, concerns and ideas will be charted in different ways. This stage also involves general thematic questions that change each year. Young people usually participate in the information gathering at school by grade.
In the workshops held between May and September, young people will go through the materials compiled during the information gathering in their area. The materials can be grouped and highlighted in different ways, for example. In the workshops, young people will create plans that can be either direct proposals for action or initiatives. The goal is also to establish a cost estimate for each plan together with the young people. The workshops also involve Borough Liaisons who provide guidance on how you can promote ideas affecting the entire City in Helsinki’s participatory budgeting processes.
The plans created and priced in the workshops are taken to the area’s schools for voting. The voting is local, and each young person’s area is determined by the school where they are enrolled. In 2020, the voting is carried out on the ruutibudjetti.hel.fi website.
The voting period is 5–30 October. You can vote with your Wilma credentials primarily at the voting events of your local school or independently on your own time. Young people aged 12–17 who are not enrolled in a school can vote at their local Youth Centres.
4.) Advisory board
The advisory boards involve young people from the area, the Local Youth Work Manager, experts specialised in the RuutiBudjetti plans made in the area, and decision-makers. At the start of the event, we will go through what we are deciding on. At the event, the RuutiBudjetti voting results of the area are confirmed, and the plans to be promoted are selected jointly.
Plans of under 3,000 euros can be implemented out of the youth work unit’s budget. For more expensive plans, you can apply for funding out of the RuutiBudjetti reserve of 150,000 euros.
The plans which the advisory board has selected for implementation will be implemented during the next budget year, unless otherwise agreed for a specific reason.