About Us

YEPP Ry is a Social Enterprise that provides support for underserved youths ages 9-18 to excel in education and social life. The YEPP program is based on the proven benefits of social, cultural and psychological approaches to learning and wellbeing for youths and young people. It was created in response to educational and social challenges that youth of immigrant background face in Finland specifically, and more generally in Europe. Several findings from surveys and research highlights the higher dropout rate and mental health struggles, lower admission to university and fewer admissions to STEM programmes, of immigrant origin youths.

Participants in the development of the program through focus group discussion at the start of the program in 2021 and evaluation interviews in 2022.

For example: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (2020) survey on immigrant health and wellbeing in Finland reveals that immigrant background kids perform poorly at school. Myrskylä (2011) study shows that the risk for youths of immigrant origin to dropout from school and end up outside of the workforce is 5 times higher than native Finnish youths. In addition, immigrant parents have reported struggles faced by their children and the scarcity of ready tools to improve holistic integration in our ethnic and religious associations. More so, immigrant youths were key.

Thus, the program is co-created, and pursues an informal approach to learning that builds social and psychological abilities and skill-sets of youths and young people. It seeks educational information, learning resources, aids, and opportunities across geographical boundaries, in partnership with private organizations, and facilitates access for our registered members specifically, and underserved groups generally.

YEPP Ry is a Social Enterprise that provides support for underserved youths ages 9-18 to excel in education and social life. The YEPP program is based on the proven benefits of social, cultural and psychological approaches to learning and wellbeing for youths and young people. It was created in response to educational and social challenges that youth of immigrant background face in Finland specifically, and more generally in Europe. Several findings from surveys and research highlights the higher dropout rate and mental health struggles, lower admission to university and fewer admissions to STEM programmes, of immigrant origin youths. For example: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (2020) survey on immigrant health and wellbeing in Finland reveals that immigrant background kids perform poorly at school. Myrskylä (2011) study shows that the risk for youths of immigrant origin to dropout from school and end up outside of the workforce is 5 times higher than native Finnish youths. In addition, immigrant parents have reported struggles faced by their children and the scarcity of ready tools to improve holistic integration in our ethnic and religious associations. More so, immigrant youths were key participants in the development of the program through focus group discussion at the start of the program in 2021 and evaluation interviews in 2022.

Thus, the program is co-created, and pursues an informal approach to learning that builds social and psychological abilities and skill-sets of youths and young people. It seeks educational information, learning resources, aids, and opportunities across geographical boundaries, in partnership with private organizations, and facilitates access for our registered members specifically, and underserved groups generally.

VISION

To be a one-stop center that expands opportunities and access to educational, social, cultural and psychological resources which aid learning and wellbeing for underserved 9-18yrs old.

MISSION
Inspire, Coach and Empower underserved 9-18yrs old to excel in education, social life and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
GOALS

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To give educational, social and international exposure for inspiration and informal learning.

To create a friendship network of young immigrant youths of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic
background for emotional support, peer learning, and play.

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To provide professional and career guidance and coaching at an early stage to deal with anxiety, boost confidence and explore life questions during challenging periods.

To teach social justice and civic engagement to engage the youths as changemakers.

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To support and guide every registered child to success in education and social life.

GOALS

1. To give educational, social and international exposure for inspiration and informal learning

2. To create a friendship network of young immigrant youths of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic
background for emotional support, peer learning, and play.

3. To provide professional and career guidance and coaching at an early stage to deal with anxiety,
boost confidence and explore life questions during challenging periods.

4. To teach social justice and civic engagement to engage the youths as changemakers

5. To support and guide every registered child to success in education and social life.

OUR APPROACH

Coaching

One-on-one mentoring for participating students.

Excursions

Exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics.

Workshops

Hands-on, do-it-yourself activities and experiments that will teach, inspire and build motivation.

Group projects

Our youth groups engage in activities that promote the values of self-respect and mutual respect, as well as the skills necessary to work effectively in groups.

Community engagement

Participation in social discussions that will build self-confidence and courage as a changemaker.

Globalizing

Facilitate network with educational and social opportunities around the world.

Research

Documentation of what works and undertaking critical analysis to increase the impact of alternative support for young people.

Volunteering

Giving back to YEPP as co-mentors.

VALUE PROPOSITION

YEPP provides a globalized alternative tailored educational and social support to young individuals for them to achieve their full potential in career development, social and individual wellbeing