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10-11 | Siperia | Youth information and fake news

Fake news (or False information) is a term used to describe a diverse range of disinformation covering different topics. It can deceive people by looking like trusted websites or using similar names and web addresses to reputable news organisations. Especially young people are vulnerable to fake news. What is the role of youth information services to help young people to find reliable and accurate information? How can we educate young people to use trustworthy channels of information?

National Network of Austrian Youth Information Centres: Christopher Bindra

CRIJ Nouvelle Aquitaine France: Marie Coiffard

Community of Madrid Spain: Nikolay Yordanov, Victoria de la Hoz 

Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth: Carlos Saraiva

11-12 | Siperia | Youth Work in Finland

Everything you always wanted to know about Youth Work in Finland: history, structures, aims, trends. Is there a youth policy and youth legislation in Finland? How is the youth work funded? Who are the main actors? How is the training of youth workers organised? What is the role of youth organisations?

12-13 | Siperia | To the barricades or to ballot booths – Ways of youth participation around Europe

We focus on the importance of supporting youth participation and illustrate the session with best practices from Estonia, Hungary  and Scotland.

Egyesek Hungary: Tamas Komaromi, Szilvia Szimcsera

Estonian Education and Youth Board: Kadri Koort, Kristiina Valk

BEST-Estonia: Elis Savisaar

Youthlink Scotland: Sarah Peterson, Colin MacFarlane, Jenni Snell

13.30–14.30 | Wilhelm | The current situation in Ukraine and how it affects youth

Since February 24th, the day when full scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine started, at least 40% of young Ukrainians had to leave their homes because of the war. There are many other consequences for young people – immediate and delayed. At this session you will be able to learn about the realities of the second month of the eight-year-war through the eyes of  Ukrainian youth workers.


Iryna Bodnar,Institute of Sustainable Development and Peace, head of board   

Oksana Yuruk, ISDP, board member

Iryna Zharuk, ICF Alliance for Public Health

Iryna Riabets, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, lecturer

15-16 | Kabinetti | Preventive Work and Cross-sectoral Co-operation with Youth

Meiju Tuomivirta, Police Department of Central Finland 

16.30-17.30 | Elsi | Quality Standards in Youth Work in Different European Countries

Quality of youth work is essential if young people participate, engage and use the learning possibilities that youth work offers. However, the question on how to support further quality developments of youth work remains very broad and has many different dimensions – ranging from the frameworks embedding quality youth work, quality assurance systems and the development of quality indicators to long-term sustainable funding. In this session we will present and discuss four best-practice-examples on quality standards in youth work in Europe.

INYCA Bulgaria: Liliya Elenkova, Daniel Dzhinsov 

YMCA Romania: Andras Tomsa

Bavarian Youth Council: Theresa Leppert

Elix Greece: Christina Milioridou, Alexandra Kamaretsou


9.30-10.30 | Alvar | MOK Intercultural Competence Training Helsinki NM

Intercultural Competence Training (MOK) was developed over a decade ago by 09 Helsinki Human Rights Foundation. Since then, Human Rights Foundation and later YMCA Helsinki has trained thousands of NGO and public sector workers, educators and volunteers providing hands-on methods that can be applied to all intercultural encounters. Due to its durability, encouraging feedback and results, MOK is, indeed, a success story. In our presentation we will guide you through the key principles of MOK training, analyze the overall impact of the training using Intercultural Development Inventory meter (IDI) and share some of the good practices we learned during our MOK journey.

Otto Ripatti, Training Manager, HNMKY
Pierre Jallow, Head Trainer, HNMKY

11-12 | Kabinetti | Current European Issues

 European Year of Youth; Youth participation in Europe and Youth Delegates; Effects, Outcomes and Impact of Erasmus+; CoE Youth Campaign; EU Youth Dialogue; 

Anna Peltoniemi, Board of Education

Lotta Tuominen, EU Youth Delegate

Carmen Teubl, RAY Network Coordinator

Jarkko Lehikoinen,  Allianssi

13-14 | Kabinetti | The War in Ukraine! How can you help?

What is the situation of helping Ukrainians in different countries? What is the role of youth work services in all this?

Marja-Sisko Kataikko, Service Manager,  Jyväskylä City Youth Services

All the national delegations

Ukrainian participants

14.30-15.30 | Pääsali | Closing Ceremony

(Main hall, interpretation Finnish-English)

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