Koordinaatti is a national centre of expertise for youth information and counselling. Its aim is to ensure that all young people living in Finland have access to quality youth information and counselling services. Quality services increase the chances of young people being heard, participating and getting involved.

Through its activities, Koordinaatti creates possibilities for the active development of the national youth information and counselling service network. The network consists of professionals in the youth field working in municipalities and various youth organisations.

Koordinaatti is one of the national youth work centres of expertise that were appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture for years 2018-2019. Centres are funded by the Ministry. The work of Koordinaatti is based on the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme. Koordinaatti was originally established in 2006 and it functions as a part of the City of Oulu’s Educational and Cultural Services.

Koordinaatti’s objectives for the years 2018-2019

  • The understanding and professional competences regarding youth information and counselling will get stronger. The youth information and counselling will evolve and better position itself into the changing service environment targeted at young people. Youth information services will be available and accessible throughout the whole country by utilizing multi-channels and multi-sectoral network.
  • To produce and provide the information and training youth information and counselling workers need and strengthen their know-how.
  • To ensure procedures, methods and tools developed in national and international cooperation will be used widely and will also benefit the whole youth work area. To ensure Koordinaatti’s digital services reach their target audience.

Examples of procedures for 2018-2019

  • to map the current status and availability of youth information and counselling services
  • to define existing youth information and counselling services
  • to map the educational needs and professional skills of youth information and counselling service workers
  • to design training that meets the educational needs
  • to develop and update tools for professionals working with online counselling
  • international cooperation, for example membership and presidency of ERYICA - European Youth Information and Counselling Agency, Media literacy task force of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, membership of USE-IT network & Nordic-Baltic cooperation in youth information and counselling
  • Implementation of tools for quality work such as self and peer assessment tools and competency mapping

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