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Future Safari – Towards Work and Education

In a rapidly changing world, imagining your future and career can feel difficult or even impossible. Youth participating in Future Safari strengthen their faith in the future and improve their understanding of the changing world of work by taking part in intensive workshops that combine futures thinking with theatre. Collaboration with local companies provides a new perspective in local work environments.

The Future Safari project combines futures thinking with theatre.

Future Safari runs through the years 2021–2022. By 2022, the project will reach 114 youngsters in Kajaani, Kemi, and Oulu.

We provide training for company staff on the varying life situations of at-risk youth. We also challenge youth work professionals to use futures thinking and theatre in their work by introducing them to the method.

When young people are excluded from work and student life, they can begin to lose their sense of meaning and belonging.

The rapidly changing world and the uncertainty of the future can feel so intimidating to youth that it becomes impossible for them to make choices affecting their lives.

The Future Safari project aims to improve the young participants’ faith in their own potential and their possible futures.

All participants will have an improved understanding of their capabilities in the changing world of work. Also, their ability to find their path towards studies or employment increases.

In the theatrical workshops, the youth explore possible futures and investigate what work could look like in the future. As a part of the workshop, the participants visit local companies in Kajaani, Kemi, and Oulu. After the workshops, the participating youth can find different paths towards work and education.

During the project, youngsters visit local companies and get to know their operations in general and the daily work tasks of volunteering employees. Collaboration with the local companies gives the youth a new perspective on working life.

Each Future Safari workshop culminates in a performance produced by the youth. After the performance, the participating youngsters and the management level employees of the collaborating companies have a facilitated discussion under the theme of the future of work.

The art activities are organised by Kemi City Theater (Kemi), Culture Cooperative ILME (Oulu), and Vaara-collective (Kajaani) in cooperation with Kemi, Oulu, and Kajaani municipalities.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund, the participating municipalities, the organisations themselves, and the company partners Valmet Automation Inc and Osuuskauppa Maakunta. The national funding authority of the project is the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in North Ostrobothnia.

Future Safari – Towards Work and Education

Duration: 2021–2022

Target group: 16–29-year-old youth not in education, employment, or training

Funding: European Social Fund, the participating municipalities and organisations and Valmet Automation Inc, Osuuskauppa Maakunta

Number of participants: 114

Areas of operation: Kajaani, Kemi, Oulu

More info

Sofia-Charlotta Kakko


041 434 2829

Anna Jussilainen


050 320 7273

Jenni Helle

Coordinator / Communications Specialist

050 411 5404

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