povertà educativa

The WishMI project

The Well-being Integrated System of Milan

Povertà alimentare
Poverty reduction policies
Youth poverty


Municipality of Milan, Milan Polytechnic, Milan Polytechnic Foundation, Università Cattolica, ABCittà s.c.s - cooperative


European Commission- European Regional Development Fund


Children and families, Public and private service providers, Investors

Objective of the project

We wish to co-design and  improve the public and private services targeting children (0-18 years old) living in Milan.

Abstract of the project

The project aims at improving public and private services targeting children (0-18 years old)  through four macro actions: a) the co-planning of new urban policies and programs for the improvement of the education and well-being system; b) a youth-led communication aimed at changing people’s perception of services; c) the creation of a new digital platform for finding and exchanging services and d) the piloting of projects, activities and physical hubs to improve children’s access to innovative social, cultural and educational public and private services.

Context analysis

The education and welfare system of the Municipality of Milan has been facing new challenges such as increasing inequality, social exclusion and youth poverty due to recent significant economic, demographic and social transformations. For instance, in the city of Milan 21,000 children live in extreme poverty  and 43% of the children under 15 years old live in the city suburbs that are characterised by high levels of school dispersion, early school leaving and unemployment. Moreover, public and private services are not able to give effective and integrated responses to the needs of children and their families due to a problem of resources and skills distribution.

Milano, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

The project is implemented in the city of Milan (Italy).

Implementation Period

01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023



  • 6.000 children (0-6) targeted by ECEC services
  • 4.000 children (6-14) in segregated schools
  • 1.000 children excluded from ECEC services 
  • 800 youth (11-18) reached through outreach and community hubs
  • 600 children involved in policy building


  • 67 school directors and 4.000 educators of ECEC services 
  • 200 social workers
  • 125 public school directors
  • 2.000 teachers
  • 600 sport and youth associations, migrant associations, private small and medium enterprises

Project Strategy


  • Policy-building and service planning activities 
  • Design of the visual identity system
  • Development of the WishMI digital platform
  • Desk research, data collectionand data journalism
  • Opening of WishMI Community hubs
  • Territorial participatory planning activities



  • 1 Integrated Well-being System Strategic Plan co-developed
  • 4 Visual Identity System Manuals
  • 1 live digital platform
  • 7 WishMI Community hubs opened
  • Children, teachers and families involved in the participatory planning and data collection activities


  • Increased access to city services for all children (0 -18 years old)
  • Decreased number children living in poverty
  • Increased access of 0-6 years old  children to early education
  • Lowered rate of school dropout
  • Increased social cohesion
  • Decrease in school segregation


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