YouCount is about developing new ways to increase social inclusion of young people. Nine countries are participating in this three-year, EU-funded project, which is coordinated by OsloMet, Oslo Metropolitan University. VA (Public & Science), Södertörn University and Botkyrka Youth Council are collaborating on the Swedish part of the project. The project runs from February 2021 until December 2023.
In YouCount, young people and researchers are working together to explore and find solutions to problems preventing the younger generation from being included in society. The collaborative approach of the project is called Citizen Social Science (CSS).
During 2021–2023, participants will focus on different challenges for inclusion in their respective countries. This includes, for example, a lack of employment opportunities for young people, experiences of exclusion, conflicts between migrants and locals, and factors preventing youth from engaging in civil society organisations.
Together VA, Södertörn University and Botkyrka Youth Council will investigate how more young people can get involved in the youth council. The goal is to co-create solutions to navigate past identified obstacles, and to see whether these solutions could be applicable in a broader national and international context.
YouCount is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation.
YouCount partner organisations:
- OsloMet – Storbyuniversitetet (Norway) – Coordinator
- Aalborg University, Copenhagen (Denmark)
- ESSRG KFT (Hungary)
- Fundation Deusto (Instituto Vasco de Competitividad (Orkestra)/ Deusto University) (Spain)
- Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)
- SPOTTERON Gmbh (Austria)
- Södertörns högskola (Sweden)
- Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
- University of Central Lancashire (UK)
- University of Vienna (Austria)
- VA (Public & Science) (Sweden)
Third party participant: The Empowerment, Inclusiveness and Equity working group of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)
For more information about YouCount, please get in touch with VA:s project manager Fredrik Brounéus.