For young people Kuopio provides leisure time possibilities of all kind. The city's youth service is one of the main providers, arranging activities and guidance for young people.The events can be seen in many ways in Kuopio, especially in the evenings, on weekends and during school holidays.
In Kuopio there are 13 Youth centres, and also clubrooms, skating halls, band rehearsal facilities and other places. Youth centres located around the city provide young people with guided activities, clubs, camps and events.
Different events are highlights in a young person's life. The city's youth service arrange various events for teenagers. Live band events and night coffee houses gather young people on weekends and camps especially in summer. All the events are drug-free.
Kulttuuriareena 44 (Culture Arena 44) is a youth centre, located at Kauppakatu 44. In the centre you can experience, feel and see culture. Rock the Club is our main music event, and more events can be found in front page banners and Po1nt (page of Savo-area youth events).
Internationalization is an important aspect of the youth services. International projects, youth exchanges and multi-cultural meetings provide opportunities for young people to be part of a global youth.
The youth services also work with young immigrants. They are warmly welcomed to get involved in all youth activities in Kuopio. In addition, there are special clubs and camps for young immigrants. A youth worker who has an immigrant background, provides assistance and support in integration.
The information society requires skills and knowledge in searching for, finding and using information effectively. The aim of the youth services is to assist young people to receive relevant information and advise them on how to act in society.
Special youth workers work in a range of environments, in places where young people spend their free time. The trained youth workers form a safe network for the young people. There is also co-operation with other actors and citizens. The aim is to promote the well-being of young people and provide support that is needed in their daily lives. The youth workers have a central role in guiding young people to a healthy life style.
If you have any difficulties in finding your place after finishing basic education, the youth workers contact you and support you in finding your route to further education.
International youth work
Over the years our organization has done a lot of cooperation with various organizations in Europe, Russia and USA. Most of the projects have done with European Union programs "Youth in Action" and recently "Erasmus+".
Youth Exchanges in Kuopio-area have been succesfull and local younsters have been more than happy to travel to meet other youngsters. We have found out that there is so much benefits and non-formal learning in youth exchanges that we will actively seek after new projects.
Experience within European Voluntary Service (EVS) we have over 10 years, both as a hosting organization and sending one. Recently we also coordinate EVS locally, so we´re able to host 3 volunteers every year. They work in our youth houses, local schools and local circus.
We are also interested to other kind of international projects. As an perfect example "music & disabled" - project with Jugendtreff Inside (BE) has increased activity and cooperation both locally and internationally and new methods and learning groups for disabled people have been estabilished. This program has been done within "Erasmus+" - program.
link to Kuopio main pages in english (useful links)