Youth work in Finland

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The Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi

Allianssi ( is the national youth council of Finland and a service and advocacy organisation in the field of youth work. We are a non-profit NGO with 130 national member organisations.

Allianssi is the Finnish member of several European youth networks, for example the YFJ (European Youth Forum), EYCA (European Youth Card Association) and ERYICA (European Youth Information and Counselling Agency).


Youth2019  event in Turku 27.-28.3.2019 

Every two years Allianssi gathers our national partners and organise a 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 1000 Finnish youth workers  to discuss, evaluate, innovate and develop the work among young people. The next conference "Youth 2019", will be held 27.-28.3.2019 in Turku.

 This time we will provide 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 aim at deepening co-operation and developing new projects and ideas within the field.

The English programme will include 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 are happy to invite international participants to meet Finnish youth workers in "Youth 2019" conference and  share the best youth work practices. The event is open for anyone working with young people whether it is in an organisation, municipality, government, parish, school, youth house or research institute. The event will be 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 will visit some unique examples of local youth work and have one optional day in the end to evaluate the event together as well as discuss the dissemination and future co-operation possibilities.

You can register to the event here. The registration fee 110 / 130 euros includes the conference program. The participants cover the meals and accommodation themselves. On the registration page you can find information on accommodation options.

Welcome to Turku !!!!







Optional visit to local youth work activity



Introduction to Youth Work in Finland



Official opening ceremony of the Youth 2019 -conference for all participants



New EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 

 - What does it mean for youth work ?

Panel discussion with representatives from European Commission (TBC), Bavarian Youth Council and European Youth Forum 





10 countries and 50 innovations of youth work : Pecha kucha presentations from 10 countries


Sparkling about Solidarity  



Optional local youth work visit   (House for Girls  or YMCA)



Cultural program






Challenges of young people in Europe:  Catalonia / Luxembourg / Scotland               Cross-sectoral co-operation in youth work / Jaana Fedotoff



Current topics in youth research  Tomi Kiilakoski (Finnish Youth Research Network)     Youth work in Croatia: Collecting pieces for a mosaic: Marko Kovacic, Institute for Social research in Zagreb) TBC






Competence Model for Youth Workers to Work Internationally / SALTO



How to make youth work more inclusive ?Panel discussion



Youth2019 Conference Closing Ceremony for all participants



More information :


Preliminary Youth 2019  schedule (subject to change):

26.3. Arrival in Turku   (150 km from Helsinki) 

27.3.  Morning: Optional visit to a local youth work premise and introduction to Finnish youth work

Midday: Conference opening and programme until 6 pm

Evening : Cultural program

28.3.  Whole day Conference program, closing ceremony at 4 pm 

29.3. Departures

or optional evaluation, dissemination, future co-operation planning day for international participants

30.3.  Departures