The youth service in Rovaniemi consist of many different activities which all share the common aim to offer the youngsters equal and high quality possibilities of participation and collaboration as well as to arrange an interesting and educative programme in order to encourage the teenagers. The compliance with the youth law, the Finnish law and universal ethical values as well as freedom from drugs and cooperation with other representatives form a basis for all our occupations.
The central part of youth work is in the youngsters themselves. Youth work offers specialized management as well as means and framework, where the teenagers participate actively and are given the time necessary. In our opinion sense of achievement and responsibility gained in young years will reach far.
The youth work of the city of Rovaniemi organizes interesting occupations and activities for the youngsters. The youth centres, huge events, trips, international youth exchanges and summer camps for children are our most important activities. All this is usually carried out during the leisure time of the youngsters, i.e. in the evenings, and during the weekends and holidays. Trained employees are in charge of all our activities. They are there for the youngsters in the youth centres, camps, during the trips and other events.
Regional youth service
Regional youth work is the most important part of the youth service of Rovaniemi. The foundation for our occupation is laid by the network of youth centres, whereby we are enabled to offer impartial service throughout the city area. In the youth centres the youngster is in contact with other teenagers as well as the grown-up members of staff.
There are youth centres in eight different regions of Rovaniemi: in the city centre, in Korkalovaara (Hilla), Nivavaara (Nappari), Ounasvaara (Loukku) and Ylikylä (Ylläri) as well as in the villages Muurola (Murkku), Sinettä (Zillari) and Vanttauskoski (Vantus). The youth centre is also the centre of youth service in the respective municipality, where on five days of the week (with the emphasis on Friday and Saturday) activities are provided. The programme is orientated to youngsters at the age of thirteen to twenty.
The youth centres are places especially intended for the teenagers, where they can do things important for them together with the youth workers. In our work functionality, pedagogy and social behaviour unite in an appropriate way. It is our endeavor to offer the youngsters interesting activities, which support equality, their development and assist them with their social commitment. Typical guided activities are different special theme days and trips. Furthermore the youth centres provide a satisfying selection of means of free-time activities so that there will surely be no lack of occupation.
The youth centres organize freetime activities for youngsters , information, events, weekend camps and trips. In addition to these activities the youngsters are provided with manifold means of occupation. A youth parliament works in every youth centre, whereby the youngsters are given the right and the possibility to have a strong influence on the activities of the youth centre as well as of the own region.
Our trained youth workers cooperate with others engaged in youth service in the region. In this cooperation different occupations and small group activities are carried out, especially in order to prevent discrimination against youngsters.
Centralized youth service
Centralized youth service signifies activities intended for different target groups, i.e. children and youngsters of different age. We organise events, group activities, trips, journeys as well as international and leisure time activities.
We react to changes in youth culture and in the teenagers’ needs, wherefrom a yearly change in the events may result. Organising events intended for different age and target groups and various topics, the youth service also follows the ideas and advices given by the adolescents. The centralized youth service is active on the behalf of school and small groups, internationality, leisure time activity and trips.
Also in summer, during the school holidays activities are provided. We organise summer camps for children at the age of seven to twelve in the campsites of Leiri- and Hirvikari, which contain a diverse programme. The trained employees of youth work are in charge of the camps so that security and the personal needs of the participants are taken care of.
During the holidays we organise events for the youngsters at the age of thirteen to twenty. There it is our aim to react to prevailing tendencies among the interests of the adolescents and organise varied free time activities. In the planning stage we also pay attention to the ideas and advice of the teenagers.
Possibilities for youngsters and youth workers
This branch of youth service provides the youngsters with information and consultation and thereby supports the adolescents the traditional way. It endeavors to increase their commitment and possibilities of collaboration.
Youth information and consultation
The aim of the information service is to enable the youngsters to gain control over their life and to become committed in their environment by informing them about the things connected to their life. The information services are developed and put into practice in cooperation with regional and national representatives. Thanks to the information service we are able to inform the adolescents personally about the things concerning their life and help them with the application for a summer job or for training.
The youngsters are given the right to obtain information and consultation in any situation. We want to provide them with information about free time, school, summer job, flat-hunting and matters of drugs and health. Our work usually takes place on the Internet at the address http://nuti.rovaniemi.fi but you also have access to it in all our youth centres.
Youngsters have the legally given right to be committed in decision process concerning them and to make themselves heard. That is why there are youth parliaments in all the youth centres. They meet once a year in the youth forum in order to collect ideas about the development of the youth centres, the municipality and the whole city.
We also collaborate with the youth council of Rovaniemi and furthermore we support the participation and integration of immigrant children by means of youth information and consultation.
We strive for the further development of the cooperation between the organisations and the different representatives of youth work.
Outreaching youth work
The objective of this field is to improve the youngsters’ access to the civil services they need, to find actually and potentially discriminated young people and to support the multilateral cooperation in Rovaniemi.
Our target group are the youngsters, who did not get a place in college, dropped out of it or are in danger of doing so, furthermore those who cannot access the civil services they need independently.
Who finish primary school (lasts 9 years in Finland) and do not continue school education, or those who need extra help in primary school.
All those who are worried about the well-being of the adolescent (fathers, mothers, teachers, neighbours, relatives etc.) can get in contact with the youth workers.
Flexible basic training class (JOPE-activity)
The goal of the flexible basic training is to arrange the working methods at school in a more practical way and to profit from a practically organised learning environment. We want to strengthen the pupils’ learning motivation and their control over their own life as well as to guarantee the receipt of the leaving certificate and the ability to continue school education.
The flexible basic training is put into practise by the cooperation of different administrative fields. A team consisting of the head teacher, a JOPE teacher, a support teacher, a school counselor and a youth worker are in charge of the programme. We search for new working methods, which improve the cooperation between schools as well as youth and social services. All the people involved strive for the same thing: to support the youngsters in gaining control over their lives and completing secondary education successfully.
In a JOPE class the young person is given the opportunity to partly fulfill the curriculum by learning at the workplace and thereby to get to know different jobs. In this form of learning the emphasis is laid on the richness of experience and practical orientation.
The youth worker is in charge of the organisation of the learning at the place of work as well as the following assessment in cooperation with the teacher. Furthermore the teacher is present in classes and is thereby able to support the youngsters personally, to have conversations and to notice how the class community acts. Therefore the youth worker does not serve as a teacher, but his field of responsibility comprises support of the group as well as the individual guidance of the teenagers. Furthermore bearing in mind the school education and the future of the pupils he is able to introduce them into the circles of services provided by the youth office, other departments and the third sector and to cooperate with higher secondary schools. The youth worker takes part in regular school activity (e.g. conferences about the pupils’ welfare) and forms a team with the youngsters’ parents and other possible supporting networks.