We are developing the quality of youth work in schools!

The Together Forward project develops youth work in educational institutions together with professionals and young people in Southern Savo -area. The project focuses on strengthening community, students’ motivation, young people’s desire for life and relying on the future. We have collected a wide range of young people’s thoughts of the feelings and hopes associated on the first year of the vocational or gymnasium studies. Based on students’ point of view, we formulate the roles and the forms of the school-based youth work with multi-professional network.

The partners are South Savo Vocational College Esedu, SAMIedu Vocational College, Upper secondary school Mikkelin lukio, Upper secondary school Savonlinnan Lyseo lukio, Mäntyharju Comprehensive School and upper secondary school, Talvisalo School, Kalevankangas School and Ristiina Comprehensive School.

As a result of the co-operation we have focused on dormitory guidance work, student tutoring processes and supporting group dynamics. In the dormitory work, we are strengthening the network between dormitories and the participation of students. In tutoring, we support the professionals who guide tutoring and we look at the structures of tutoring critically. We have been part of many events promoting the overall well-being of students and group dynamics.

Project description in the RR information service.

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On December 2021, gingerbread dormitories were made at the dormitory of Samiedu, Savonlinna.


Tell us about youth work in schools

Join school-based youth work project! The Erasmus project YWIS – Youth work in schools develops youth work in schools and educational environments. The aim is to define the role and opportunities of youth work in schools. Another aim is to incorporate informal education opportunities to formal education and to integrate the objectives of youth work...

YWIS Logo competition

Come and help us to find our new logo! Competition lasts 26.09.2022- 07.10.2022. Upload your visual logo idea using this form. The purpose of this contest is to design a logo to be used by the YWIS – Youth work in schools.  The logo’s design should reflect the values of YWIS. The YWIS logo should...


Together forward

1 August 2020 – 31 July 2023

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Youth research and development centre Juvenia

Other partners: The cities of Mikkeli and Savonlinna, The municipality of Mäntyharju, The South Savo social and health care authority (Essote) and The East Savo Hospital District (Sosteri)

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia


Total budget: € 597 755

XAMK part of the total budget: € 119 551

Financiers and main source of funding: Etelä-Savon ELY-keskus, Euroopan sosiaalirahasto ESR