YOUTH2020 gathers 3000 Finnish and international guests to Tampere, Finland, in 14th to 16th of January. The conference offers interesting keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions, and all other sorts of events for all professionals and volunteers working in the youth sector.

YOUTH2020 is an opportunity to network, be inspired, and learn. We aim to improve the know-how in the field, spread good practices in Finland and other parts of the world, and to raise the youth sector into the public sphere.

The event is organised by Allianssi, the National Youth Council of Finland, and the Finnish Church Commission. The Youth Services of Tampere is the local partner in YOUTH2020.

The conference is climate responsible.


The tickets for the conference are now being sold! Register for the conference here.

Programme in English

Changes to the programme are possible and will be updated on this page.

TUESDAY Jan 14th

11:00 – 12:00
Youth Work in Finland
Juha Nieminen, University Instructor, Youth Research and Youth Work, Tampere University

We walk through the basics of Finnish youth work: how we do it, how we educate ourselves for it, and what youth policy has to do with it.

13:00 – 14:30
Youth Work in times of Migration

Youth work as reaction to refugee crisis situation and youth work as instrument for integration of minorities and
second generation migrants
Maria Pisani, Lecturer (PhD), University of Malta
Manfred Zentner, Youth Researcher, Migration and Globalization, Danube University Krems

Maria Pisani and Manfred Zentner help to understand the links between human rights, the role of citizenship in the integration of young migrants to society. 

15:00 – 16:00
Youth Work in 2030 - Views  of Digitalization and Future of Youth Work
Verke, National Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland
Tomi Kiilakoski, Senior Researcher, Finnish Youth Research Network

How will youth work look like in 2030? All digital? Virtual realities and chatbots? Or something very different? 

16:30 – 18:00
Youth Work in Europe
Country Presentations by Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, and Ireland

Our European colleagues present us the very best innovations and current issues as well as possible challenges in youth work in their homecountries.

16:30 – 18:00
Inclusion and Activities for Culturally Diverse Youth Groups
Tiia Soininen, ICY Intercultural Competence for Youth workers, YMCA Helsinki

Participatory workshop on inclusive methods and activities for diverse youth groups. Methods collected and tested by ICY Erasmus+ project partners from Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, and Spain. Welcome!


9:30 – 10:30
Opening Session
Interpreted in English

11:00 – 12:00
The Icelandic Model
Jón Sigfússon, Scientific Director, ISCRA

Prevention is possible! How the Icelandic youth reduced dramatically their substance use with the support of improved hobby opportunities and community involvement? Jón Sigfússon will present the persuasive case for the Icelandic Model.

12:30 – 13:30
Dialogue Session
with Jón Sigfússon

Do you want to know more about the icelandic model? Come and discuss, challenge, and get inspired!

12:30 – 13:30
Climate Anxiety
Interpreted in English
WWF Finland

14:00 – 15:30
Innovative methods to develop sense of belonging at schools
Maija Mahon and  Katri Niemitalo, School youth workers from Vantaa

How can school youth work help young people to find their place and achieve a sense of belonging in the community? 

Emmi Jäkkö, The Finnish Reading Centre

Words Matter – finding new paths to literacy, The Finnish Reading Centre has recently developed a new model to encourage young people to read more.


9:00 – 10:30
News from Europe
Alviina Alametsä, MEP
Representative of Bavarian Youth Council (TBC)
Jarkko Lehikoinen, Finnish Youth Council Allianssi
Tilemachos Boni, Advisory Council (CoE)
Silja Markkula, European Youth Forum (TBC)

Experts of European affairs dive deep into discussion on youth work and policy in Europe. What news from Europe? At least the renewed strategy, the Youth Dialogue, the future of ERASMUS+ and the Solidarity Corps.

11:00 – 12:00
Youth Work in Europe
Country Presentations by Italy, Malta, Scotland, and Spain

Our European colleagues present us the very best innovations and current issues as well as possible challenges in youth work in their homecountries.

11:00 – 12:00
Youth Culture and Intoxicating Substances
Mika Piipponen, Centre of Expertise Vahvistamo

Discussion workshop. What the studies say about the role of intoxicants (alcohol, tobacco products and cannabis) in Finnish youth culture? What are the differences and similarities in other countries?

Closing Ceremony
Interpreted in English

Additional information and social media

Facebook event, in English

Facebook page, in Finnish


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