Youth workshops and outreach youth work
Youth workshops are part of the Youth Guarantee, under which every pupil who has completed basic education is guaranteed a place in an educational institution, apprenticeship training, workshop, rehabilitation or similar. The purpose of outreach youth work is to help young people who need support in accessing the services they need. These activities are funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Youth workshops support young people aged under 29 in tackling issues related to education and training, working life and life management. They can contact a workshop directly or, for example, through the TE Office, social welfare office or Ohjaamo advisory service point in their municipality. The workshop activities are based on learning by doing through coaching and practical work. The workshops are work-oriented and communal learning environments.
Youth workshop activities are organised by municipalities, associations and foundations among other things. They are available in over 90% of all municipalities in Continental Finland.
The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing the workshop activities and assists them with grants handled by the Regional State Administrative Agencies.
Outreach youth work
Outreach youth work assists young people under the age of 29 who are excluded from education and working life or who need support in accessing the services they need. Outreach youth work offers a young person early support if he or she so wishes.
The municipalities decide whether or not to organise outreach youth work. Today these activities cover more or less the entire country.
The Ministry of Education and Culture supports the recruitment of social workers for outreach youth work with grants handled by the Regional State Administrative Agencies.