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Center of expertice Nuoska

youth work at schools and educational institutions

During 2020-2023 Nuoska was one of six centers funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The centers formed an entirety, which supported the implementation of the national youth work and policy program. Centres developed and promoted the competence, expertise and information at the field of youth work in accordance with the Youth Act.

Nuoska developed youth work models at schools and educational institutes.

The objectives and tasks of Nuoska

1. Gather, publicize and disseminate good practices in cooperation in youth and education departments, which will make youth work in schools and educational institutions more common.
2. Model and develop forms and aspects of youth work in schools and educational institutions, so that youth work is high-quality and evaluation-based.
3. Strengthen bilingualism of centres of expertise activities by coordinating the Swedish-language activities of all six centres of expertise.


Experiences and articles

Implementers of Nuoska

A consortium was coordinated and administered by the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences’s youth research and development center Juvenia, which also developed models for secondary schools.

The consortium consisted nationwide of nine executors which were:

Project name:

Center of expertice Nuoska – Youth work at schools and educational institutions

Project duration: 1.4.2020–31.3.2024


Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences’s youth research and development center Juvenia
Partial partners: Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention (Ehkäisevä päihdetyö Ehyt ry), Health-promoting voluntary organization and an expert institution (Folkhälsan förbund rf), Finland-Swedish Information and Cultural Centre (Förening Luckan rf), Association of Mental Health Finland (Mieli Suomen Mielenterveys ry), Finnish Youth Research Society (Nuorisotutkimusseura), Development centre Opinkirjo (Kehittämiskeskus Opinkirjo), Municipal Youth Work Centre of expertice (Kunnallisen nuorisotyön osaamiskeskus Kanuuna), City of Vantaa (Vantaan kaupunki), Åbo Akademi University (Åbo Akademi)


Financier and main source of funding: Ministry of Education and Culture
Total budget: € 3 868 338
Xamk part of the total budget: € 994 655

Contact info

Nuorisoalan tutkimus- ja kehittämisyksikkö Juvenia
Jussi Ronkainen
Head of RDI Unit