About EmpowerKids project

The project ‘’EmpowerKids - Health education and social advice for low-income families with small children’’ addressed social exclusion and inadequate health information and social advice among the children in low-income families in Estonia, Finland and Latvia. We want children to be empowered to make healthy choices in their daily lives. Project was realized from 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2018. During the project, we worked with health care personnel, social workers and teachers in Rakvere, Turku Region and Jurmala.

EmpowerKids project aims:

  • To empower children (6 – 12 years of age) to make healthy choices in their daily lives.
  • To improve quality of health promotion and social work in participating municipalities.
  • To enhance social inclusion of children from vulnerable groups.

During EmpowerKids project:

  • We developed, tested and used EmpowerKids Tool – an interview-based game, which facilitates health and social education for children. EmpowerKids Tool was utilized for targeted counselling and design of interventions which address the real needs of our small clients
  • We organized trainings for social workers, kindergarten teachers and other professionals to promote the use of attractive and empowering methods for health and social education for children
  • We organized healthy workshops and other healthy events for children to promote daily healthy choices in fun and joyful atmosphere.


Project news and events

12/18/2017 - 12:11
The final seminar of EmpowerKids project took place on 13 December 2017 in Turku, Finland. Below you can find the presentations from the seminar: Anri Niskala, City of Turku – How to improve the participation of the children empowerment_anriniskala.pdf... Read more
11/20/2017 - 12:23
The third graders at the elementary school in Turku area were engaged in socializing physical activities on 14 November. Based on the results of the second-round testing of EmpowerKids Tool, the main theme of the workshop was chosen. The purpose of the workshop was to reflect on the importance of... Read more
11/06/2017 - 11:58
FINAL SEMINAR ‘’EmpowerKids – Health education and social advice for low-income families with young children’’ Wednesday, 13 December 2017 9:00-16:00 Room: Beta, ICT-building, 1st floor Address: Joukahaisenkatu 3, Turku REGISTRATION LINK 9:00 Registration and coffee 9:30 Opening – greetings from... Read more
09/28/2017 - 09:03
The seminar of EmpowerKids project took place on 26 September 2017 in Jurmala and was the occasion to sum up the results of the second round of interviews with EmpowerKids Tool among children in Estonia, Latvia and Finland, and the platform to exchange the experiences in organizing the healthy... Read more
09/27/2017 - 12:52
On 20-21 September 2017, Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association celebrated cross-border cooperation by participating in the two events organized by the Interreg Central Baltic Programme in Mariehamn on Åland Islands – the European Cooperation Day and the Annual Event. The occasions provided an... Read more
09/25/2017 - 10:07
After the long summer holiday, a second healthy nutrition workshop took place in Rakvere, Estonia, as part of the EmpowerKids project. On August 29th and 11 children, aged 6 to 12 years, participated in the workshop and were eager to acquire new knowledge.  To start the workshop, a food pyramid was... Read more
06/30/2017 - 08:26
12 children from Rakvere, aged 6 to 10 years, participated in the first "healthy workshop", which took place on 29 June. The focus was healthy nutrition as it is one of the most critical issues, which emerged as a result of the first pilot round of interviews with the EmpowerKids Tool. The workshop... Read more
05/23/2017 - 15:49
Turku area implemented two training workshops for children on 4 and 12 May at an elementary school of Parainen. The subject of the workshops was healthy nutrition. It was chosen together with the professionals and according to the results from the first pilot round of interviews with the... Read more
03/30/2017 - 14:42
EmpowerKids project provides the opportunity for the children from 'Jurmala Day Center' and 'Day Care Center for children with disabilities' to try Sand Therapy sessions and training. The Sand Therapy allows the children, by help of toy figures,  to create in a sand their own world and turn it into... Read more
03/27/2017 - 13:38
Children are social agents that evaluate their experiences and interpret the surrounding, actively participating in the social life – this sentence from the presentation of Ingrid Sindi, social work practitioner and doctoral student at Tallinn University could be a motto of the EmpowerKids project... Read more