Youth work centres of expertise and National youth centres
Youth work centres of expertise
Youth work centres of expertise form a network supporting the implementation of the objectives set out in the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme 2017-2019. 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).
On 11 December 2017, the following youth work centres of expertise were approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture as eligible for state aid in 2018–2019, in accordance with the priorities set in the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme 2017–2019.
1. Participation of young people
Finnish Youth Co-operation Allianssi and a consortium administered by the Youth Academy
2. Social empowerment of young people
A consortium administered by the City of Espoo, a consortium administered by the National Workshop Association, Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention (EHYT), and a consortium administered by the Finnish Association for Mental Health
3. Digital youth work and information and counselling services for young people
City of Oulu, a consortium administered by Föreningen Luckan rf, and City of Helsinki
4. Improvement of the quality and methods of youth work
City of Lahti, Finnish Youth Research Society, and Guides and Scouts of Finland
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
- Ahtela Youth Camping Centre (Sauvo), Turku (until 31 December 2017)
- 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
Read more about the national youth centres on the website of the Finnish Youth Centres: www.suomennuorisokeskukset.fi