The aim is to improve the inclusion and citizenship of the youth, to strengthen the community as well as to prevent exclusion.

Since the year 2007, local, national and international research and development projects in the field of youth, as well as training and professional services.

The Eastern Finland youth barometer produces information on the well-being, values and attitudes of young people in Eastern Finland.

Juvenia supports equal and participatory youth

Juvenia – youth research and development centre combines youth research and youth development. The aim is inclusion and citizenship of the youth, strengthening of the community as well as preventing exclusion.

Juvenia has been operating since 2007. We carry out local, national and international research and development projects in the field of youth. In addition to this, we offer training and professional services.

We are engaged in the national development and internationalization in the field of youth in collaboration with other actors of the field. Juvenia strengthens the competitiveness of east and south-eastern Finland through employing a number of researchers and developers in the area.

Our research and development projects produce educational content in the South-Eastern Finland University of applied sciences. For students, they offer thesis topics and internships.

 

 

 

The eastern Finland youth barometer highlights the voice of young people in developing their own living conditions.

Our activities are financed by, for example, the Academy of Finland, Kone Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the structural fund programmes (ESF, ERDF, EAFRD) as well as the Foundation for Municipal Development sr., Erasmus +, Nordplus, Daphne and Life Long Learning programs. Juvenia is a part of the sustainable well-being sector of the South-Eastern Finland University of applied sciences.

 

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Juvenia becomes a centre of excellence in the field of youth

Xamk research and development centre Juvenia forms a centre of excellence in the field of youth together with National Workshop Association (NWA). The centres have been selected by the Ministry of education and culture and they develop youth sector in 2018-2019 under the steering of the ministry.

The consortium governed by National Workshop Association (NWA) implements youth workshop activities and outreach youth work coordination, strengthens the implementation of the Youth Guarantee, as well as cross-sectoral cooperation in order to promote the living conditions of young people.

Project researcher Veli Liikanen will work in Juvenia for the centre of excellence. His mission is to develop, in particular, data collection and analysis related to outreach youth work. Development of research data collection and analysis promote the coordination of national outreach youth work and strengthen the contents of the training courses directed to the actors and communities of the field.

The centres of excellence in the field of youth are managed by the National workshop Association, the Youth Academy, the city of Espoo, the Finnish Association for Mental Health and Föreningen Luckan in collaboration, The Finnish Youth Co-operation – Allianssi, the Guides and Scouts of Finland, The Finnish Youth Research Society & Network, as well as the cities of Helsinki, Lahti and Oulu.

When considering funding, the work, the quality of the activities and social impact of the centre were taken into account. In the evaluation, in part, in the light of preliminary data, the competence of the centre the qualitative and quantitative indicators of operations, the purposefulness of operations, the financial and administrative management of the centre, as well as the skills and competence of the  staff were examined.

More information:

Jussi Ronkainen
Juvenia Research Unit Director, phone + 358 (0) 050 312 4983
jussi.ronkainen@xamk.fi

Research and development

We have carried out several local, national and international research and development projects in the field of youth. We are engaged in the national development and internationalization in the field of youth in cooperation with other actors of the field.

Juvenia Speaks

 

Juvenia speaks is a video series with Juvenia personnel giving interesting speeches on the current research and development themes related to young people.

Juvenia playlist.

Juvenia academy

Juvenia also serves as a learning environment for Xamk students. You can participate in the implementation and evaluation of Juvenia’s projects, for example, or design a completely new project – at the same time, you will learn skills needed in the research and development work and build regional and national networks. You can compile the results and outputs of your work for yourself as a portfolio for future employment.

MORE INFORMATION:

Jussi Ronkainen
Research Unit Director
jussi.ronkainen@xamk.fi
TEL. 050 312 4983

Sari Tuuva-Hongisto
RDI Expert
sari.tuuva-hongisto@xamk.fi
tel. 040 162 6713

Katja Komonen
Senior teacher
katja.komonen@xamk.fi
tel. 040 8420810

EASTERN FINLAND YOUTH BAROMETER

The eastern Finland Youth Barometer is an extensive survey, which produces information on the well-being, values and attitudes of young people in eastern Finland. The survey explores the image of young people in eastern Finland by focusing on certain standard themes, such as work and education, each year. At the same time, it raises important themes, such as young people moving out of the region.

The target group of the eastern Finland Youth Barometer (Northern Karelia, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia) are youngsters of 15-25 years of age in educational institutions, from the 9th class of secondary schools to institutions and universities. In addition, young people working in the workshops are included. Each year, about 2000 young people in eastern Finland are participating in the survey.

The results are reported in an overview, which is pdf format and free of charge. Specific information concerning municipalities is subject to a charge. Eastern Finland Youth Barometer is coordinated by Juvenia.

In the years 2014–2015, the survey is directed at young people’s perceptions of the adequacy of services in their own municipalities and how the services meet the needs of young people. Young people also submit their views as to how the services should be developed.

In 2012, the views of young people in the barometer highlighted employment and entrepreneurship. In 2010, the barometer focused on the living environment and on the attachment in the region.

In the years 2010 and 2012, the barometers were carried out in cooperation with the University of Eastern Finland, Humak University of Applied Sciences University and Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak).

Check out the most recent barometer:  Eastern Finland Youth Barometer 2016

Previous Youth Barometers:

A Review of Young People’s Well-Being in the counties of eastern Finland 2010-2012

Youth and exclusion in Eastern Finland 2013

What do young people think of services? 2016

 

 

RISE TOWARDS A NATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH

Juvenia started to operate as a development project funded by the European Social Fund and Southern Savonia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the period from 2008 to 2010.

The aim was to strengthen the role of Mikkeli as a national and international centre in the field of youth education, research, development and knowhow. In addition, the aim was to create a new policy, education, research and youth development centre.

After the successful development project, Juvenia has become an established national organization of youth research and development. During the years of operation, Juvenia has carried out more than 50 regional, national and international research, development and education projects related to young people. For young people, this has meant an increase in equality and possibilities to be encountered in the environments significant to them. In addition, young people have learned working life skills. At the same time, the new unit has made it possible for the expert to work in the region.

In addition to regional and national development, Juvenia has been successful in competitive research funding – an area traditionally lead by universities. With Juvenia, the University of Applied Sciences has received funding from the Academy of Finland, the Kone Foundation and the Foundation for Municipal Development sr. as well as the Erasmus + Sport program and the Ministry of Education and Culture funding for sports science research.

Since the beginning of 2017, Juvenia’s dynamic research and development work is part of the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Science.

Juvenia – Centre for the development and research in the field of youth
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Patteristonkatu 3
P.O. Box 181, FI-50101 Mikkeli
FINLAND

Jussi Ronkainen
Research Unit Director
jussi.ronkainen@xamk.fi
tel. 050 312 4983

 

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