In the Wings to Fly – Social Circus Empowers activities, the youth use social circus to find their own strengths and to strengthen their life skills, such as self-esteem, social skills and courage to take action. When learning circus skills, youth with immigrant background learn Finnish and get to know native Finnish youth in a fun manner, which again increases their well-being.
Positive experiences of participation and enthusiasm give youth tools that help them when they are moving on the further paths in their lives, be it in hobbies or volunteering.
Wings to Fly – Social Circus Empowers realised in cooperation with four organisations of performing arts, the Finnish Youth Circus Association, and the Youth Research Society. PiiPoo Centre for Culture and Art, Sirkus Magenta, Sorin Sirkus and Art School Estradi cooperate together with the municipal actors of Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Tampere and Vantaa.
The two-year Wings to Fly – Social Circus Empowers project is funded by the European Social Fund, the Finnish Children and Youth Foundation and the participating municipalities. In Finland, the body in charge is the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. The project is carried out during 2017–2020.