About the project

The HUKK-AP project (Involvement of Organisations Working in Area of Hobby Education for Young People)  is implemented by Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency. The aim of the programme is to support the variety of hobby acitivities, their efficiency and suitability for youngsters` needs. The objective is to create prerequisites and working solutions in order to involve disadvantaged youngsters, equally with other youngsters. It is important to support opportunities for participating, introduce new methods and increase competencies of educators.

The main directions of activities:

  • increasing the capability of hobby schools to involve young people with fewer opportunities systematically
  • promoting hobby activities in new priority target groups
  • involving young people with fewer opportunities into hobby activities
  • monitoring and assessing the impact of the project and hobby education.

The partners of the project are Pärnu City Government, NGO Vitatiim, Tartu City Government, NGO Urban Style, Evrópa unga fólksins (Iceland),  Youth Employment Technology Centre (Russia). Partners implement the programme on regional level in a network of hobby schools, youth work NGO-s and organisations working with  young people with fewer opportunities.

The activities of the project will take place in Harju-, Ida-Viru-, Tartu-, Jõgeva-, Valga-, Põlva and Pärnu counties.

The budget of the project: 453 412,57 euros , including co-funding 84 569,91 euros.

The endurance of the project is 2 years, 01.02.2014-30.04.2016.

Target group

The focus of the project is on young people with fewer opportunities who are 7-17 years old. Young people might be with fewer opportunities, because they meet certain obstacles in their lives: difficult financial situation, disabilities or health problems, learning disabilities or geographical location. Special attention is paid on youngsters whose mother tongue is not Estonian.

The results of 2014

I period (01.02-30.04.2014)
The projects has had a successful start. The opening seminars have shown the readiness from the hobby schools and other organisations to get more young people at risk involved in their activities. Most of the project partners have already started with the activities to young people, getting up to 145 young people participating in hobby activities they have to offer. Slightly over 100 people have had training to gain more awareness, competencies and information about young people at risk and their possibilities to be involved in hobby activities. 8 teams of 17 organisations have been included to the development programme to work on their ideas involving young people at risk.              
II period (01.05-31.08.2014)

The project is developing successfully. Despite the II period of the project taking place during summer time, almost 200 young people have joined hobby education activities. Local partners of Tartu, Pärnu, JJ Street Street Dance School and NGO VitaTiim are showing dedication and enthusiasm to develop old  and new ways to work with young people at risk.  The partners have already started to  measure the results and effect of the different initiatives by all partners. 7 teams representing altogether 15 organisations continue taking part in development programme and are taking part of trainings to find their ways to involve more young people at risk.

III period (01.09-31.12.2014)

The project is in the middle of its duration and so are most of the activities. The last period has been successful when it comes to involving young people at risk. All together around 727 young people have had the chance to take part in hobby activities. Other young people and their families have received counselling, but did not unfortunately join hobby groups. There has been already some feedback on the impact of the project activities. Other municipalities are interested to know how to get their young people at risk involved in hobby education. Partners are also all planning and thinking about the sustainability of the activities started, so that the end of the project would not mean the end of the activities for young people and support for youth workers. To conclude, it can be said that with the results so far we can surely say that hobby education is one of the suitable tools to involve more young people at risk.

IV period (01.01.2015 -30.04.2015)

The best result so far with the project is to see the small initiatives coming alive and giving young people at risk possibilities to take part in hobby education not only in the areas where the main partners work, but also in many other places in Estonia. Hobby education is surely giving examples of very good practices of involving young people at risk. Around 1199 young people have been given the possibility to take part in hobby activities. 40 organizations and more around Estonia are involved in enabling these possibilities to the young people. Many more families (198) than planned (40) are supported to make sure they feel good and informed about letting their children take part of after school hobby activities. Training for 868 participants have taken place so far to support the competence of hobby school staff in working with young people at risk.

V period ( 01.05-31.08.2015)

Although the V period of the project took place mostly during summer there are still new young people taking part in hobby education, many of them for the first time- There were also trainings held for the youth workers. 1690 young people have gotten a chance to take part in hobby education during the whole project. Some of them for a short period of time, but many have also stayed for a longer period of time. Some young people have had the chance to take part in summer camps an other youth work possibilities during the time when hobby schools are closed. In several places it is already known that the initiative that started during HUKK-AP will go on after the ending of the project.Trainings for 1050 participants have taken place so far to support the competence of hobby school staff in working with young people at risk.

The next months will be dedicated to finish with most of the planned activities during the project and also continuing with the distribution of results, which will hopefully support many more initiatives to continue or start with the aim to bring more young people at risk into hobby education.


Hobby activities within youth work give valuable non-formal learning experience for young people. It enables them to discover and realize their strength and potential, but also to find friends with a common interest. Participating in hobby activities give them in-depth knowledge and skills in  a certain field, which can support their coping with life and choosing their field of occupation in the future.

Creativity, courage, self-confidence, co-operation and problem-solving skills, knowledge about healthy lifestyle, practical experiences, knowledge and skills in selected field, social skills, curiosity etc – everything that field of  hobby education can offer- unfortunately is not available for everyone, often for them who need it the most. Statistics about the youth involvement in hobby education in Estonia vary in different sources. Also there is no information about the youth who is not involved with hobby activities or participate in several activities.

The field of hobby education in Estonia is rather traditional. As a part of youth work, it is a field which has remained the same for many years and where traditions are valued. This, at the same time can be the strength and the weakness, when we consider involving new target groups. Most of the hobby schools or organisations offering hobby education have their own well-established target groups. At the same time there are youngsters who are lacking  activities which meet their needs or interest. Some of these youngsters need different approach, smaller groups or different methods. Reasons, why youngsters are not involved in youth work can be different. Obstacles may be situated with youngsters` motivation, interest, their family or financial situation, but also the content and quality of youth work (hobby education) and accessibility at their home place.

More information about the project – Marit Kannelmäe-Geerts (marit.kannelmae-geerts@archimedes.ee, tel. +372 69 79 234).

Additional Information

The project “HUKK -AP” benefits from a granf of 453 412,57 euros from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.

The programme proposal was prepared in close collaboration with the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) as a donor programme partner (DPP) and other institutions in Norway. Programme is managed by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (MoER),the Estonian Ministry of Justice (MoJ),the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and by the Estonian Youth Work Centre (EYWC) as a Programme Operator Implementing Agency (POIA). More information about the froject can be found: www.entk.ee/riskilapsedjanoored/en

Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Grece, Portugal, Spain. There is borad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016. 

Key areas of support are enviromental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

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