Verke is the national Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland. Verke’s vision is to provide everyone who works with young people with the opportunity to use digital media and technology as part of their work. Verke aims to promote welfare, inclusion and equality among young people by means of digital youth work.
To put it simply, digital youth work means using digital media and technology for youth work. In the context of youth work, digitality should be understood not only as a media but also a content and operating environment.
The long-term goals of Verke’s operations:
Verke’s key forms of work:
The direct target audience of Verke’s operations are actors in the field of youth work, particularly in municipalities, organisations and parishes.
Verke is one of the national centres of expertise established by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Verke is fully funded by the ministry. The current funding period for the Centres is 2018-2019. Verke’s goals and operations are agreed in yearly discussions between Verke and the ministry. Verke’s operations are managed by City of Helsinki Youth Division.
12 Youth work centres of expertise form a network supporting the implementation of the objectives set out in the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme 2017-2019. The centres are organised under the following priority areas:
Verke’s annual goals are tied to its long-term goals.
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