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Leisure time

Young people need their own time, which is not an externally directed activity, and during which there are no responsibilities to be met. This can be, for example, hanging out with friends or visiting friends. There are also many facilities for young people in Finland, where there are safe and trained adults around. These include the youth centres and libraries maintained by municipalities and cities. Many organisations also have different cafés and meeting places for young people, and some spaces are for girls only or for boys only. Youth workers also do mobile work by moving around in places where young people spend their time. In addition to this, youth work is also done online. Parents are always welcome to get to know the youth workers and the activities aimed at young people.   

You can find a summary on youth work at the website in languages such as Somali and Arabic.  

Loisto Setlementti ry coordinates a network of gender-sensitive social youth work, and has gathered information on its website about entities that carry out activities aimed at girls or boys. Maybe there is a Girls’ House in your own town, for example.