Youth work centres of expertise
Youth work centres of expertise form a network supporting the implementation of the objectives set out in National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme 2020-2023. The centres of expertise develop and promote competence, expertise and communications in the youth sector in accordance with the Youth Act.
An annual appropriation may be included in the Budget to be allocated for the activities of the national youth work centres of expertise. The Ministry of Education and Culture approves the eligibility of the centres of expertise for state aid (for more information, see Financing).
1. Municipal youth work
A consortium administered by the City of Lahti
2. Situation and impact of NGOs in the field of youth
A consortium administered by the Guides and Scouts of Finland
3. Participation and influencing
A consortium administered by the Youth Academy
4. Targeted youth work
A consortium administered by the National Workshop Association
5. Digital youth work
A consortium administered by the City of Helsinki
6. Youth work in schools and educational institutions
A consortium administered by the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
National youth centres
Youth centres provide curriculum-supporting camp and nature packages for school groups, social youth work services, and diverse international activities. In addition, various groups and youth organisations organise camp and course activities at the centres. Youth centres have also functioned as centres for methodological development of youth work, especially in the fields of outdoor adventure education and experiential learning and NUOTTA training. Majority of the activities organised at the centres last for more than one day, so the participants usually stay there overnight.
The national youth centres are owned by municipalities, youth organisations, organisations engaged in youth work and other societies. The youth centres form a network specialised in youth work. The Ministry of Education and Culture subsidises the centres.
National youth centres in Finland
- Youth Centre Anjala, Kouvola
- Youth and Holiday Centre Hyvärilä, Nurmes
- Youth & Holiday Centre Vasatokka, Inari
- Youth Centre Metsäkartano, Rautavaara
- Youth Centre of Marttinen, Virrat
- Oivanki Outdoor Education Centre, Kuusamo
- Youth Centre Piispala, Kannonkoski
- Youth Centre Syöte, Pudasjärvi
- Youth Centre Villa Elba, Kokkola
Emma Taipale, Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Education and Culture, Nuoriso- ja liikuntapolitiikan osasto (NUOLI), Division for Youth Work and Youth Policy