Youth 2019 event

Youth2019 event in Turku 27.-28.3.2019 

Allianssi gathers national partners and organises an annual large scale conference for the entire youth work field, involving Finnish youth workers, youth organisations, youth researchers and decision-makers.

The two day programme consists of a wide variety of current topics in youth work and gathers about 1500 Finnish and international youth workers to discuss, evaluate, innovate and develop the work among young people. This year the conference "Youth2019" was held 27.-28.3.2019 in Turku.


This time we provided also seminar programme in English, enabling the international organisations and youth workers to learn more about the Finnish youth work, to share best practices, experiences and youth work methods, discuss and network with Finnish and other European colleagues. We aimed at deepening co-operation and developing new projects and ideas within the field.

The English programme included an update on current European issues such as European Solidarity Corps and other important topics such as social inclusion, youth work innovations, youth participation and advocacy, youth research etc. 

We were happy to invite international participants to meet Finnish youth workers in "Youth 2019" conference and share the best youth work practices. The event was open for anyone working with young people whether it was in an organisation, municipality, government, parish, school, youth house or research institute. The event was an excellent chance to network, learn about the latest youth work trends and innovations as well as to share your best practices. 

In addition to the two day conference the international participants had a possibility to visit some unique examples of local youth work and had one optional day in the end to evaluate the event together with other international participants as well as discuss the dissemination and future co-operation possibilities.

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Introduction to Youth Work in Finland, Juha Nieminen, university instructor (youth research and youth work), Tampere University, Finland

What's new in Europe?

EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027, EU Youth Dialogue, Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps, youth policy of the Council of Europe, advocacy work in Bussels, etc.  Panel discussion about actual European topics related to young people and youth work with Tilemachos BONI (ELIX - Conservation Volunteers Greece & Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations), Irmeli KARHIO (Finnish National Agency for Education), Nicolas KRAJEWSKI (Bavarian Youth Council) and Jarkko LEHIKOINEN (Allianssi - National Youth Council of Finland). Facilitator Joel LINNAINMÄKI (Allianssi - National Youth Council of Finland). 

10 countries and 50 innovations of youth work: Interesting presentations of best practices and new youth work methods from Belgium (video), Catalonia, Czech Republic (video), Croatia (video), Germany, Greece, Italy (video), Luxembourg (video), Republic of North Macedonia and Scotland.

Sparkling about Solidarity.  Opening speech by Mikko Cortés Téllez, Senior Coordinator, Ministry of Culture and Education.  

Visit to Vimma Youth House (Turku City Youth Office has gathered here a representation of youth work e.g. outreach youth work, Turku Game Academy, cultural youth work, activities of local associations  to try out and experience the wide spectrum of local youth work. See more 



Glimpse at the challenges of young people in different parts of Europe: CataloniaLuxembourg and Scotland
Cross-sectoral co-operation in youth work. Why is it important that we work together with actors outside youth work? / Jaana Fedotoff, President, The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)

Youth work research in the north and the south / Tomi Kiilakoski, Senior Researcher, Finnish Youth Research Network; Adjunct Professor, University of Tampere, and Marko Kovacic, Institute for. Social research in Zagreb (Croatia)
Digital youth work and inclusion of Young People / Juha Kiviniemi, Planning Officer, Verke - National Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland

Solidarity and Inclusion in Youth Work / Leena Suurpää, Director, Youth Shelters, Finnish Red Cross

This nice video was made by our participant Tarik from Luxembourg



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