Activities that strengthen the development of the conditions for citizen-oriented activities and the experiences of participation in Mikkeli. 

Participating 2gether 

Participating 2gether is a joint group project of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences and the City of Mikkeli. Juvenia the Youth Research and Development Center of South- Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is the administer of this project.  

The aim of the project is to promote the opportunities of the people of Mikkeli to influence the development of the city and the surrounding environment, and to support their participation in decision-making and service planning. The aim is to strengthen the conditions for civic activities, strengthen community spirit and well-being, and increase the experience of being part of a community. 

What do we do? 

  1. Strengthening the conditions for civic activity 
  1. Developing meeting place activities 
  1. Strengthening young people’s abilities to influence 
  1. A network of actors that strengthen civic action and participation will be created. 
  1. Outreaching wellbeing work is being developed 
  1. Participatory design is being developed 

As a result of the project, the residents’ opportunities to influence the development of the city and the surrounding environment and to participate in decision-making will increase, the conditions for participation will improve, the risk of exclusion will decrease, the conditions for employment will improve and the regional sense of community will improve. The cooperation of the various parties participating in the projects’ activities is getting tighter and participation skills are improving. New ways and methods to strengthen civic action and participation will be created.  

Tell us your ideas for promoting the well-being and community spirit of the people of Mikkeli. Do you have wishes or ideas that we could be involved in? We are happy to hear the thoughts of people of Mikkeli. You can contact us on Instagram, Facebook, by phone or email. 

More information

Project manager (Xamk)
Elisa Suominen

Project manager (Mikkeli)
Hanna Valjakka

Contact information

Juvenia – Youth Research and Development Centre

Project manager
Elisa Suominen

Krista Hahtala

Ville Eerikäinen

City of Mikkeli

Project manager
Hanna Valjakka

Project specialist
Janita Taivalantti

Project specialist
Terhi Venäläinen

Hankkeen kokonaiskustannukset ovat 951 677 €, josta EU-tuen määrä Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoululle on 374 636 € ja Mikkelin kaupungille 386 706 €. Rahoittajana Etelä-Savon ELY-keskus.


Yhdessä osallistuen

1 September 2023 – 31 March 2026

Project partners

Lead partner: Kaakkois-Suomen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Partners: Mikkelin kaupunki

Xamk Research Units: Juvenia Juvenia