The Porvoo Youth Council, Youth Services and a workgroup that works with participation and co-operation arranged this event called Kuuluuko nuorten ääni? Hörs de ungas röst? (Can you hear the youth’s voice?) today. If you followed this blog a year a go, you could see I was attending the same event, that time as the photographer in the corner. Today I was the Swedish-speaking speaker on the event, or at least that’s what I thought. Yesterday I got a text saying they needed a bilingual workshop leader for the morning program, and then in the quick going-through before the afternoon-part, I realised that my speaker-colleague doesn’t understand Swedish enough to translate possible questions and comments into Finnish. So I did that too. The other speaker is a former member of the youth council, nowadays in the city council. Last year we had around 80 people in the the gop, and today there were more then 100 youth and a lot of adults. there were even special program for teachers. The day is built with workshops in the morning for youth from the student and pupil councils around Porvoo. Then it goes on with lunch, and after that local politicians, city officials and the youth gather in the gop to discuss the issues that were picked in the morning. And my role was to share the speaking turns between people, especially the politicians couldn’t really keep it short and simple. But that was fun, in two languages, and I’m one experience richer.
I’m gonna post some pictures the radiostation’s people took, actually same radiostation where I did my internship in 9th grade.