The Finnish/Swedish name is “Finlands Svenska Ungdomsförbund". The English name is “Finnish Swedish Youth Association”. The acronym is FSU.
FSU is a non-political national youth associations that provide cultural and other activities for the Swedish-speaking young people young people in Finland.
The mission is to help them to lead active lives as active and responsible citizens in their local communities, to develop their spiritual and social skills, to promote understanding of international and humanitarian efforts, and to help them get
in contact with youth in other countries.
The movement includes about 270 local associations, with about 250 union houses and about 50,000 individual members throughout the Swedish-speaking Finland. The Youth Movement is independent of party politics. The members (district organizations) are: Nylands Svenska Ungdomsförbund r.f.NSU - 120 youth associations; Svenska Österbottens Ungdomsförbund SÖU r.f.- 114 youth associations; Åbolands Ungdomsförbund ÅUF r.f. - 35 youth associations; Ålands Ungdomsförbund r.f. ÅUF - 21 youth associations.
The main activities is to give the member associations every kind of service: Information about youth work; Service concerning amateur theatre; Proposals of project activities; Observe the economic support of government authorities and other important issues valid to activities for the members and young people; Help the members to restore and keep the buildings of the local associations in shape. Among all the activities, choirs, dance and theatre has become the most popular. FSU supports the theatre groups (about 100) with information, plays and copyrights among other things.
The associations are also active in developing their local communities and in contacts with youth organizations in the other Nordic countries.
Key compentences for the project:
FSU has as a national youth organisation expertise in developing and organising amateur arts, voluntary culture and lifelong learning, also in sparsely populated areas; completing surveys and reports; develop curricula and training events, seminars and conferences in the field; and wide scale dissemination.
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