To this day, Gutsy Go has trained over 3000 youths to build peace in their own communities.
These youths have implemented more than 300 peace-building solutions in 15 urban locations, ranging from individual suburbs and neighbourhoods to city-wide operations.
Gutsy Go prevents polarisation and conflict by bringing together the entire age group and various social fractions within the city. The method has also been used effectively in bilingual communities.
Gutsy Go was first implemented in 2016 in Forssa as part of a community mediation model seeking to tackle a developing cycle of violence among youths.
In 2017 Gutsy Go won Finland´s largest innovation competition organized by prominent Finnish foundations seeking a significant scalable solution for reinforcing social participation and wellbeing of the youth in Finland.
The method has since been developed further in practical operations with young people and specialists, piloting each aspect of it with schools.
Gutsy Go offers schools tools for enabling young people to realize their potential and initiatives for helping others and making a difference in society. Gutsy Go promotes teamwork skills and other competencies for the future. During a Gutsy Go week young people create solutions to various problems within their own community. The projects are filmed and the videos are posted online for reference to promote further actions and for use as teaching material.
Gutsy Go is a non-profit organisation. Our goal over the next few years is to work with schools in applying this method to the entire 14-year-old age group, involving about 50,000 young people annually.