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Profiles of Young People

Anna Kajsa from Kristinestad

Leading The Change

Anna-Kajsa and Antonia were both born in Kristinestad. Both are 22 years old and have been involved with YEPP as members and chairs of the Youth Council since 2004. Anna-Kajsa says she has ‘learned new things with the Youth Council every day, everything from politics to organising events’. She is now studying in Vasa, 100 kilometres north of Kristinestad, but takes part in summer activities and monitors youth participation in local politics, even considering standing as a candidate in the 2012 municipal elections. She wants to promote social change in her hometown and push ‘the politicians to involve the Youth Council even more when they make decisions that concern young people’.

Antonia from Kristinestad

Leading The Change

Antonia is back in Kristinestad during a break in her studies and sees her involvement in local and transnational YEPP activities as an important part of her personal development. Chairing the Youth Council and being producer at the Youth Channel have helped her reconnect and identify with her hometown. Now she wants to ‘see changes in vocational training and employment opportunities for young people in her community’, as well as ‘increase cooperation between Swedish and Finnish schools in the area’.