School-based youth work is becoming international


The project of Youth work in schools, YWIS, develops youth work in 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 and curricula. YWIS further increases the quality of youth work through four themes: sustainable development, democracy education, student wellbeing work and strengthening the sense of community.


YWIS consists of four work packages: Project management, Best practices of local networks, Mixing and testing best practices and Arranging learning and teaching activities. YWIS organises transnational meetings, workshops and training, and publishes materials and reviews concerning youth work in schools for international use. Moreover, each partner establishes local collaboration and disseminates the results through national networks.


After YWIS youth work in schools is better identified in partner organisations and regions. Cooperation between schools and youth work organisations is established to facilitate and develop young people’s informal education. Youth work is better integrated into school curricula and practices. Youth workers’ competence has strengthened and new contents have been introduced to carry out youth work in schools.


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Anneli Meisterson; Kuressaare Noortekeskus 2021

More information

Mervi Hotokka
Project manager
+358 50 524 7429

Saila Heiskanen
Project specialist
+358 50 448 8080

Francisco Carneiro
Project coordinator
+351 935 333 929

Anneli Meisterson
Project coordinator
+372 53 470 011

Ioannis Kozaris
Researcher, Project manager
+30 69 512 21840


Youth work in schools - YWIS

1 September 2022 – 31 August 2025

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Partners: Freguesia de Vila Boa do Bispo (Portugal), Panepistimio Thessalias (Greece) and Saaremaa Noorsootöö Keskus (Estonia)

Other partners: Municipality of Mikkeli

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia


Total budget: € 400 000

XAMK part of the total budget: € 140 715

Financiers and main source of funding: Erasmus+ Cooperation partnerships in youth KA220-YOU