The center of expertice Nuoska develops youth work models at schools and educational institutes regionally and nationwide.

The purpose of primary, transitional phase institutional youth work is to promote the inclusion and influence of juvenile´s by creating the capacity and opportunities to individual actors. Youth work strengthens the community of educators at schools. The aim is to support juvenile growth, independence, community, knowledge and skills. Nuoska investigates the current situation and develops regionally and nationwide applicable models for schools.

Nuoska is one of six centers funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The centers form an entirety, which supports the implementation of the national youth work and policy program. Centres develop and promote the competence, expertise and information at the field of youth work in accordance with the Youth Act.


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.


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

The consortium consists nationwide of nine executors which are:


You can follow our video releases from the Youtube playlist:

There are over 20 videos in total, with various topics related to youth work and especially school youth work. For example there’s topics of Uusi koulu X – communal youth work in schools and educational institutions, online youth work in schools during the pandemic, Welcome to school youth work – information about school youth workers tasks and good practices, supporting inclusion and human agency, multi-professional cooperation and the stages of youth work during the school year. You can search through the videos from the button on the upper right corner. The videos are in Finnish and Swedish. You can get English subtitles by setting them from the automatic subtitles.


The project budget is specified annually, changes possible.




Youth work centres of expertise and national youth centres. Ministry of education and culture. WEB-page.

Kiilakoski, T. 2020. Country sheet on youth work in Finland. PDF-document.

Kiilakoski, T. 2019. Youth work education in Finland. Finnish Youth Research Network / Finnish Youth Research Society. Internet Publications 149. PDF-document.

More information

Xamk / Juvenia:

Anna-Liisa Hännikäinen-Uutela
Project Manager
+358 40 545 1608

Heikki Kantonen
RDI Specialist
+358 40 774 9246

Sanna-Mari Pöyry
RDI Specialist
+358 40 192 7974

Ville Eerikäinen
RDI Specialist
+358 40 141 8836

Veronica Hellström
RDI Specialist
+358 50 337 0209


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1 April 2020 – 31 March 2024

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk

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)

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia


Total budget: € 3 868 338

XAMK part of the total budget: € 994 655

Financiers and main source of funding: Ministry of Education and Culture

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