YOUTH2020 gathered  2500 Finnish and international guests to Tampere, Finland, in 14th to 16th of January. The conference offeed interesting keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions, and all other sorts of events for all professionals and volunteers working in the youth sector.

YOUTH2020 was an opportunity to network, be inspired, and learn. We aimed to improve the know-how in the field, spread good practices in Finland and other parts of the world, and to raise the youth sector into the public sphere.

The event was organised by Allianssi, the National Youth Council of Finland, and the Finnish Church Commission. The Youth Services of Tampere was the local partner in YOUTH2020. The conference was climate responsible.

Programme in English


TUESDAY Jan 14th

11:00 – 12:00  Sopraano
Youth Work in Finland
Juha Nieminen, University Instructor, Youth Research and Youth Work, Tampere University

We walk through the basics of Finnish youth work: how we do it, how we educate ourselves for it, and what youth policy has to do with it.

13:00 – 14:30 Sopraano
Youth Work in times of Migration

Critical reflections on the contributions and limitations of youth work within the humanitarian context and youth work as instrument for integration of minorities and second generation migrants
Maria Pisani, Lecturer (PhD), University of Malta
Manfred Zentner, Youth Researcher, Migration and Globalization, Danube University Krems

Maria Pisani and Manfred Zentner help to understand the links between human rights, the role of citizenship in the integration of young migrants to society. 

15:00 – 16:00 Sonaatti 2
Youth Work in 2030 - Views of Digitalization and Future of Youth Work
Suvi Tuominen, Manager, Verke, National Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland
Tomi Kiilakoski, Senior Researcher, Finnish Youth Research Network

How will youth work look like in 2030? All digital? Virtual realities and chatbots? Or something very different? 

16:30 – 17:45  Pop-Up
Youth Work in Europe
Country Presentations by Austria ( at 16.30) , Czech Republic (at 16.45) , Estonia (at 17.00), Germany (at 17.15) and Greece (at 17.30).

Our European colleagues present us the very best innovations, good practices and current issues as well as possible challenges in youth work in their home countries.

16:30 – 18:00 Riffi
Inclusion and Activities for Culturally Diverse Youth Groups
Pierre Jallow, ICY Intercultural Competence for Youth workers, YMCA Helsinki

Participatory workshop on inclusive methods and activities for diverse youth groups. Methods collected and tested by ICY Erasmus+ project partners from Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, and Spain. This workshop is in English and Finnish. Welcome!

18.00-19.30 Evening programme 


9:30 – 10:30 Iso Sali
Opening Session
Interpreted in English

11:00 – 12:00  Pieni Sali
The Icelandic Model
Jón Sigfússon, Scientific Director, ISCRA

Prevention is possible! How the Icelandic youth reduced dramatically their substance use with the support of improved hobby opportunities and community involvement? Jón Sigfússon will present the persuasive case for the Icelandic Model.

12:30 – 13:30 Sonaatti 1
Dialogue Session
with Jón Sigfússon

Do you want to know more about the Icelandic model? Come and discuss, challenge, and get inspired!

12:30 – 13:30 Iso Sali
Climate Anxiety - How can youth work support and facilitate young people to act against climate change.
Program in Finnish, interpreted in English
WWF Finland

14:00 – 15:30 Duetto 2
Innovative methods to develop sense of belonging at schools

How can school youth work help young people to find their place and achieve a sense of belonging in the community?

Maija Mahon and  Katri Niemitalo, School youth workers from Vantaa 

Words Matter – finding new paths to literacy

Emmi Jäkkö, The Finnish Reading Centre

16.00 - 17.30   

Visit to Monitoimitalo 13 to get to know the youth work activities provided by the City of Tampere as well as the local organisations.

18.00 -19.00 

Visit to Kölvi

Kölvi is a meeting place for migrant boys and young men aged 12 to 25 offering psychosocial support and various kind of recreational activities, such as as sports, music, media, theme discussions and trips

Evening party at Pakkahuone


9:00 – 10:30 Sopraano
News from Europe
Frederik Wohlleben, Bavarian Youth Council 
Jarkko Lehikoinen, Finnish Youth Council Allianssi
Tilemachos Boni, Advisory Council (CoE)
Irmeli Karhio, National Board of Education Finland

Facilitator Janika Takatalo, Allianssi

Experts of European affairs dive deep into discussion on youth work and policy in Europe. What news from Europe? At least the renewed strategy, the Youth Dialogue, the future of ERASMUS+ and the Solidarity Corps.

11:00 – 12:00 Pop-Up
Youth Work in Europe
Country Presentations by Ireland (at 11.00), Italy at 11.15), Malta (at 11.30) and Scotland (at 11.45).

Our European colleagues present us the very best innovations and current issues as well as possible challenges in youth work in their home countries.

11:00 – 12:00 Sonaatti 1
Youth Culture and Intoxicating Substances
Mika Piipponen, Centre of Expertise Vahvistamo

Discussion workshop. What the studies say about the role of intoxicants (alcohol, tobacco products and cannabis) in Finnish youth culture? What are the differences and similarities in other countries?

Closing Ceremony
Interpreted in English

Additional information and social media

Facebook event, in English

Facebook page, in Finnish


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