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Centralised youth work

Youth information and counselling

One way of promoting young people’s wellbeing and independence is to provide low-threshold, reliable information and counselling about the variety of issues important in young people’s lives. The channels to provide youth information are through digital channels (website, social media accounts) and the youth information centre Poppari. The secondary target of youth information service is to offer information about youth and young people's life to adults.

Cultural youth work

Cultural youth work supports young people’s sense of identity and strengthens their life management skills using methods of art, manual activities and other forms of cultural expression. Cultural youth work offers young people opportunities to create and participate in interaction with others. The activities organised in cultural youth work are the following: events, group activities, training and courses, gaming and sport.

Cultural youth work is coordinated from the cultural center Monde. 

International youth work

International youth work offers international activities and education to young people as well as international training and networking opportunities to youth work professionals. 

Forms of international activities:

  • European Solidarity Corps projects (individual volunteering, youth exchanges in group, local solidarity projects),
  • cooperation between sister cities,
  • international trainings and seminars,
  • events organised in international cooperation. 

International youth work is coordinated from the cultural center Monde. 

Digital youth work

Digital youth work is the services and activities offered to young people online and using digital media and technology. Youth workers can reach youngsters and give them guidance online using digital tools and platforms. Providing youth information and counselling through the internet as well as chatting with the youngsters via social media are also forms of digital youth work. It is also possible to organise online group activities, campaigns and events like gaming events. 

Digital youth work aims to increase the presence of safe adults in the digital environment. Through digital services it is possible to reach young people who don’t want to or can’t use the face-to-face services due to various reasons. 

Street youth work

In street youth work the youth workers meet youngsters in their usual meeting places around the urban area such as shopping malls, school yards, sport fields and parks. This gives youth workers the possibility to reach out to youngsters who don’t attend to other youth activities. Street youth work aims to increase the presence of safe adults in the life of youngsters and to inform them about the variety of services and activities available. In Rovaniemi the street youth work is done in cooperation by the outreach youth workers, regional youth workers and the local church youth workers. 

Activities during school holidays

Rovaniemi youth services organise activities for children and young people also during school holidays. The activities are planned on a yearly basis for different age groups taking into consideration current trends and the feedback from the previous years. Usually the activities consist of the traffic park and summer camps for children, thematic events and workshops for youngsters and young adults. The youth information centre Poppari remains open also during summer. The only period that usually makes a break in the youth service activities is Christmas holidays. 

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Individual Youth Work

Outreach youth work

Outreach youth workers offer low-threshold individual support for young people under the age of 29, especially in difficult situations. The aim is to promote the development of young people, help them become independent and take control of their lives, participate in the society while also assisting them in accessing education and the job market (transition phase work). Outreach youth work is free of charge and is based on voluntary participation. Working methods include service counselling, individual work and targeted group activities, as well as multi-professional networking. 

K-0 anti-bullying work

K-0 anti-bullying work aims to resolve long-lasting and difficult bullying cases in schools and early childhood education. K-0 coordinator is a professional youth worker who uses mediating methods in order to bring understanding between the children / youngsters, their families and the school staff. K-0 coordinator cooperates with and is supported by social work and police when their expertise is required.

Cultural workshop “Kulttuuriverstas”

Cultural workshop is a place where young people are supported to connect with others, do things together as a group and seek direction for their future while working and studying. There are three workshops: Verstas, Vartti and Roti. 

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Regional youth services

Regional youth work is problem preventing municipal youth work that promotes the wellbeing and social inclusion of the young people. The regional youth workers are responsible for the youth house activities and the youth work in the schools of their area. They cooperate with the other local organisations in order to offer the youngsters a sense of community and possibilities to participate in interesting activities. In all the activities the young people have access to individual support and guidance from the youth worker closest to them. 

Youth houses

In the regional youth houses we offer open evenings as well as group activities and thematic clubs. The youth houses are usually situated close to the local upper secondary schools, often inside the school building. 

Regional youth workers operate in eight areas of Rovaniemi: 

  • in Korkalovaara from the youth house Kämppä
  • in Ounasvaara from the youth house Ounari
  • in Nivavaara from the youth house Nappari
  • in Ylikylä-Vennivaara  from the youth house Ylläri
  • in lower Kemijoki area from the youth house Murkku (in Muurola village) 
  • in upper Kemijoki area from the youth house Vantus (in Vanttauskoski village)
  • in lower Ounasjoki area from the youth house Zillari (in Sinettä village). 

Youth work in schools 

In Rovaniemi the youth work in schools is carried out in cooperation between schools and youth services. Cooperation is natural as schools and youth work both support homes in educating children and youngsters. Youth work at schools is primarily available at upper comprehensive schools, but also at primary schools and upper secondary schools depending on requirements and resources. Youth work in schools aims to develop the schools’ activities and to improve the atmosphere and pupils’ motivation by using youth work based methods. Youth workers also organise action based lessons on various topics (intoxicant abuse, bullying, social media, etc.). The presence of youth workers in schools is important because their main purpose there is to be a safe adult contact to the pupils whereas the other professionals working in schools have more responsibilities. 

Flexible basic training class (JOPE) 

In flexible basic training a pupil completes comprehensive school by studying in a

small group with the help of flexible education methods. The activities are planned and executed in cooperation with the responsible teacher and a trained youth worker. The aim of the JOPE activity is to provide all the pupils with tools of self-motivation to finish the basic education and continue to further studies. Another aim is to strengthen the pupil's self-esteem, social skills and life management. All the pupils of the flexible basic training get an individual study plan. JOPE applies different learning environments: project based learning, work placements (7-8 weeks during the school year) as well as camps, day trips and visits. 

In Rovaniemi JOPE classes are available at four schools: Korkalovaara, Ounasvaara and Rantavitikka Comprehensive Schools and the Arctic Circle Upper Comprehensive School.

‘Finnish Model’ hobby groups

The Finnish model hobby groups offer the children and youngsters an opportunity to have at least one hobby free of charge. The hobby groups are organised in the premises or proximity of the local basic education schools during or directly after the school day. The hobby group instructors are experienced in each activity and in working with children and young people. 

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Subsidies for local youth associations 

The municipality supports local youth activities by granting subsidies to local associations and youth groups. There are two types of subsidies, one that is granted once a year for the youth work done by the associations, another that can be applied for individual youth activities such as events or workshops. 

The premises of Rovaniemi Youth Services 

Youth information centre Poppari 

Poppari is a youth information centre for youngsters between the age of 13 and 29. There is also a self-service point of the library open to all ages. It is open mainly all year on weekdays in the afternoon. Poppari is situated in the city center inside the shopping center Revontuli. The staff consists of three permanent full-time youth workers who all have a bachelor's degree in youth work or social services and several years of work history. Poppari takes active part in multi-professional cooperation with the city social services and the police amongst others. 

Cultural centre Monde 

Cultural centre Monde offers facilities for a variety of events and especially for cultural activities. The premises were renovated in 2020. Now there is a hall with a performing stage, a café, a recording studio and a digital gaming house Montendo. The youth services use Monde for youth activities. The municipal culture services as well as local associations and individual groups can also make reservations at Monde for organising activities and events. 

Rovaniemi Traffic Park

Rovaniemi traffic park offers activities for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years during summer holidays in June and July. It is situated on Miehentie road in the proximity of Korkalovaara Comprehensive School. The youth workers give children traffic education and offer them additional activities like games and crafts. The children can use the park for practising the traffic rules with the pedal cars provided by the youth services or with their own bikes and kick-scooters.

Leirikari Camping Center

Leirikari camping centre is located by the Kemijoki river 37 kilometres from Rovaniemi via road 81 to Kuusamo direction. Leirikari offers vast areas for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and fishing. The camping center accommodation can be used during the summer and winter. The camping center operates as a self-service facility and has been mainly designed to serve the needs of child and youth work as well as voluntary associations. The facilities are taken care of by the camping center’s janitor. 

Enquiries about Leirikari as well as group reservations should be addressed to Osviitta Service Centre by email: info.osviitta@rovaniemi.fi. 

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Contact information