Youth work in municipalities

Under the Youth Act, youth work and youth policy are listed as the tasks of municipalities. Municipalities organise services and facilities for young people and support young people’s civic activities. The Ministry of Education and Culture supports municipal youth work with central government transfers and grants. 

At the Regional State Administrative Agency, we support youth work in municipalities and cooperate in the regional networks of youth work. We also grant discretionary government transfers for youth work.

We produce information on municipal youth work

We produce reports and statistics related to municipal youth work. We have compiled these on our nuorisotilastot.fi website. The website contains information on such things as which youth work services that are available in different municipalities. The statistics are mainly based on responses to surveys by the municipalities themselves.  We have added visual elements such as images, graphs and tables to the website.   

Regional coordination of youth work

The regional coordinator supports the competence and quality of youth work in his/her area of operation and disseminates related information. The regional coordinator brings together regional cooperation networks and organises meetings and joint events. We work together with the regional coordinator to develop youth work.

We fund the regional coordination of youth work from the Regional State Administrative Agency by means of the development of regional and local activities in the youth sector grant. 

Contact details for coordinators by region

Salla Juha, coordinator
[email protected]
tel. +358 40 626 7554

Tuija Palomäki 
Coordinatori, South Ostrobothnia Folk High School
[email protected]
Tel. +358 400 724 584

Heta Malinen
Regional Coordinator for Youth Work
[email protected] 
tel. +358 40 8313580 

Lasse Hinkula
Kainuun opisto
l[email protected] 
tel. +358 (0)453470367

Pauliina Lahtinen 
Coordinator
[email protected]
tel. +358 50 4620813

Ritva Saarikettu 
Classical Youth Work Coordinator, Coordinator of International Affairs
[email protected]
tel. +358 500 902 330

Mari Syväjärvi
Open Youth Work Coordinator
[email protected]
Tel. +358 40 768 7778

Antti Korhonen (childcare leave 1 June - 1 October 2021)
Youth Work Coordinator
[email protected]
Tel. +358 447151917

Sami Sorjonen (substitute)
Youth Work Coordinator
[email protected]
tel. +358 44 7151953

Sanna Järvensivu
Manager of the Youth Service.
[email protected] 
tel. +358 34851926

Auli Mikkola
Youth Work Coordinator
[email protected]
tel. +358 50 5423404  

Leena Koivisto
Youth Work Coordinator
[email protected]
Tel. +358 44 793 3223

Heli Veijola
Project Manager, Regional Youth Work
Coordination Project
[email protected]
Tel. +358 40 182 3811