Satisfaction with youth work among young people involved in youth work activities
Youth work is a rather broad field, covering activities for young people (7–26 years old), e.g. in open youth work (youth centres), recreational education (e.g. art or music school), leisure activities (e.g. circles or classes in schools or youth centres), youth festivals, camps, youth associations and youth clubs and projects. Participation in youth work provides a safe environment for young people to develop in a variety of ways and to practise what they have learned in formal education. It is also essential to develop social relationships, and to get to know oneself (strengths and weaknesses), which will contribute to the transition to working life. Youth work also provides additional opportunities for adults to get to know young people and to spot when they need support. It is therefore essential that every young person has the opportunity to participate in youth work activities. To this end, changes are being made in the youth field, with a strong focus on diversifying activities and training youth workers.
To get feedback on what is being done and ideas for improving what is being done so that more young people take part in youth work and are satisfied with it, the Ministry of Education and Research regularly carries out a youth satisfaction survey. This survey is the third in a row. The previous surveys were conducted in 2015–2016 and 2017–2018. This time, the primary method used is an online survey among young people. The results will be refined and validated through focus group interviews with young people and youth workers.
This time, the primary method used is an online survey among young people. The results will be refined and validated through focus group interviews with young people and youth workers.