SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 1, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced priority programs for youth out of its mid to long-term master plan titled “2025 Seoul Youth Comprehensive Support Plan.”
The city has been under preparation of the master plan to realize a city for youth, which was proposed as one of the key agendas by Mayor Oh Se-hoon in his inaugural speech.
The city has heard diverse voices from youth members of the Seoul Vision 2030 Committee and the Youth Policy Network, and experts, based on which it established the priority support programs young citizens want to receive in their daily lives.
Accordingly, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is expected to announce the 2025 Seoul Youth Comprehensive Support Plan at the end of this year. It will include the eleven programs in three series of policies. The city will implement them from next year.
The city said it focused on creating programs that can help speed up each stage of young people’s lives, such as graduation from school, seeking jobs, and moving out of their parents. Under the direction of “fairness,” “customized for the youth,” and “efficiency,” the city has prepared efficient programs so that every young adult in Seoul can enjoy them and feel the real difference in their daily lives.
The three series of policies are as follows: 1) Youth Pass that helps get rid of inconveniences young people may encounter in their daily lives, 2) Youth Save that saves young people from discomforts, anxieties, concerns, and worries they may feel during a transition period, and 3) Youth Jump that provides young people with opportunities to strengthen their competitive edge and take a leap.
As the first of the series of policies, the city announced the “Youth Pass” policy on October 27 and said it will invest around KRW 34.5 billion in gradually implementing the programs next year.
First, the city will provide up to KRW 100,000 per year to young adults aged from 19 to 24 living in Seoul to support their transportation expenses regardless of income or wealth. The provision will be made in the transportation mileage. Once the city provides the mileage which amounts to 20 percent (max. KRW 100,000) of the annual public transportation expenses, they can pay for bus and subway fees with the mileages.
Second, the city will integrate data related to youth programs scattered at the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the central government. It will also introduce AI search function to establish the Youth Integrated Information Platform early next year. Using this platform, young citizens can enjoy one-stop services from searching the individually tailored information to applying for programs and handling the follow-up processes.
Third, the city plans to provide vouchers worth of KRW 400,000 per youth who is suffering from the instability of residency and cost burden due to frequent moves. The beneficiaries are young citizens aged from 19 to 39 who live alone in Seoul or plan to move to Seoul. They can use the vouchers for moving expenses, real estate fees, and house cleaning expenses. The city will sign agreements with the Korea Association of Realtors and relocation service providers so that young citizens can use the vouchers at low prices.
Meanwhile, the Seoul Youth Council proposed the third program with the direct participation of the young adults. And the city assigned KRW two billion for the annual budget to carry out the third program. Since this is the first of its kind in the country, the city will revise the relevant ordinances and have social security consultations to secure the supplementary budget for this scheme next year.
Fourth, the city will launch the “Run with Seoul Youth” program to help youth protect from a risk of chronic diseases, such as obesity and metabolic syndrome. It aims to support health care services for the citizens aged from 19 to 39, which is a new approach different from the past when the central and local governments focused on supporting the elderly in health care programs.
“Seoul will make concerted efforts to ease the problems the youth is suffering from in such a difficult reality and provide practical programs so that they can feel the difference in their daily life,” said Kim Chul-hee, Director-General of Future Youth Planning at the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
“We will start such an effort with small but efficient programs which young people really needs in their daily life, such as supporting public transportation expenses, moving expenses, and health care services. The city will keep developing various programs so that any young adults living in Seoul can enjoy them.”