Flyt is for young people who want to use their free time to prepare themselves for the future. In Flyt, young people get to test activities, meet new people, eat good food and learn useful tools. Flyt takes place in the local community and is completely free to join. You become better acquainted with your own strengths and learn more about how to establish good relationships to others and friendships. No competitions, no grades - just fun, learning and friendship.
In Flyt the youth learn different tools to overcome some of the challenges they may face in life, build good mental health, develop social and communication skills. They meet in their spare time and Flyt is carried out in slightly different ways in different places, but the academic content is the same. The program runs over one year, from the Autumn in Norwegian tenth grade to first year in upper secondary school.
The Norwegian Crown Prince Couple's Foundation collaborates with municipalities to implement Flyt. They recruit skilled Flyt managers with different professional backgrounds. Each Flyt group, consists of approximately 25-30 youth participants.
The Flyt Programme has been developed by the Norwegian Crown Prince Couple's Foundation in collaboration with Voksne For Barn, based on input from the youths themselves, researchers, organisations and practitioners.
UngInvest AIB has also been an important source of inspiration for the programme. The programmes partners includes Wilstar, The Egmont Foundation, Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and Stiftelsen Dam. In addition, an Advisory Board for Flyt consisting of speicialists, young people and practitioners has been involved with Flyt since the beginning, providing input in regards to the programme´s content, sustainability and scaling.
Finally, the Norwegian research foundation Fafo follows Flyt to gain knowledge about what is important for young people to feel able to complete upper secondary education and what it takes for Flyt to be able to be scaled nationally.
The Crown Prince Couple´s Foundation today supports several projects that work with youth and the societal exclusion of youth. An analysis conducted, which maps out the social benefits of youth projects, shows that Norway saves 3,3 billion kroner as a result of the work of the Crown Prince Couple Foundation (DNV GL, tidligere Det Norske Veritas, May 2017). “The collaboration with Wilstar will give this initiative even more strength and we are very grateful that they have chosen to partner with us,” says Irene L. Lystrup, Managing Director of the Crown Prince’s Foundation.
The Crown Prince Couple´s Foundation´s goal is to contribute to a society where everyone feels a sense of belonging and of value. An important part of this is to get more young people to complete upper secondary school. In an average school class in Norway today there will be 5 to 6 young people who do not complete upper secondary education. This creates major challenges for both individuals and for society. The Flyt programme hopes to aid in overcoming these challenges.
The Flyt Programme is currently present in the following Norwegian municipalities and has been scaling yearly.
During the fall of 2021 more than 400 youth will enroll in the Flyt programme.
Wilstar supports key parts of CARE Norway´s comprehensive Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Programme (GEWEP) in Rwanda, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship through training and financial inclusion. The project runs over a four-year period and started in 2015.