Anders Carlberg, YMCA.
An activity centre that offers integrated social and educational programmes and supports youngsters in organising their own projects through resources, information and advice in a welcoming space.
What solution does the innovation propose?

Fryshuset, meaning ‘cold storage’, a name taken from the building where it was first housed in, is a hub of resources that aims to promote the personal growth and social integration of young people, especially for those at risk of or facing social exclusion. It constitutes a single institution in which young people can access a wide range of services and activities to develop their personal and professional projects. By encouraging participants to run the projects by themselves, the project promotes innovation and self-management.


The King’s Medal (2000).

Impact evidence

  • Fryshuset receives nearly 40,000 young visitors every month.
How does it work?

The organisation runs over 60 projects in the fields of youth culture, role models and future perspectives, work and entrepreneurship: vocational training, workshops, conferences, courses, events, parties, a skateboard park and a basketball arena can be accessed in its centres. The organisation also runs several schools (for example the high school Fryshusets Gymnasium, in Stockholm). Fryshuset has grown into various hubs of services and meeting places for youngsters.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Stockholm, Sweden.
Where has been implemented so far
Implemented throughout Sweden and in Norway.
Last updated: 
June 2017

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Teoría de cambio prometedora

Promising theory of change
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Innovación transformadora

Transforming innovation
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Adaptación regional

Regional adaptation

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