Guidance Center "Olkkari" 2.0 project aims to expand the guidance center youth services from Mikkeli to neigboring smaller municipalities.

Our aim is that the Guidance Center youth services are digitally available for all youth under 30 years old in Mikkeli and neighbouring smaller municipalities. Through digital services we can provide guidance, advice and information regarding education, employment and leisure time. We also develop multidisciplinary digital services for Guidance Center.

Another key objective is to establish models for housing counseling, financial counseling and sexual counseling as part of Guidance Center youth services. We aim to increase the multidisciplinary network’s capacity to support mental health and prevent loneliness of young people.

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) takes part in developing the digital Guidance Center youth services. In addition to this, Xamk especially focuses on developing a coaching programme that aims to strengthen agency, participation and employability of young people. We work towards enhancing career skills, resilience and future awareness of the youth.

More information

Antti Rantaniva

Project manager

p. +358 40 623 3082


Ville Eerikäinen

RDI Specialist

p. +358 40 141 8836









Guidance Center "Olkkari" 2.0

1 April 2021 – 30 November 2023

Project partners

Lead partner: The South Savo Social and Health Care Authority (ESSOTE)

Partners: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia Juvenia


Total budget: € 486 566

XAMK part of the total budget: € 123 975