Mika Pietilä

Country: 
Finland
Position: 
Senior Advisor
Biography: 

I have worked as a Planning Officer at Koordinaatti - National Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling in Finland since September 2007. I have a degree in Community Education, and I first started working with young people in 1995. At the moment I am finishing my Masters degree in youth work and research in the University of Tampere.

During my professional career, I have worked at a youth club and been an instructor of children’s and young people’s leisure activities, as well as participating in youth involvement and participation projects, cultural youth work and international projects. I first became involved in youth information and counselling in 1997, when I worked on a project for the City of Kokkola and contributed to establishing a youth information and counselling service in the city as well as a web-based service. Since then, I have been a jack of all trades in the youth information and counselling field, both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe.

My work at Koordinaatti involves a wide variety of things. I plan and implement training events and seminars, visit municipalities, participate in various expert groups and prepare and implement national and international projects. I have been also a member of the Governing Board of ERYICA (2007-2013) and acted as coordinator and member of the Training Task Force of ERYICA many years.

On my free-time beside relaxing at my summer cottage, I am an active citizen in a couple of organisations. Culture and art are important for me. Development of Youth Work, Youth Workers professionalism and rights led me to trade union activities. I am at the moment vice-president in NUOLI (Trade union association for experts and specialists in youth and sport field) and board member in Akavan Erityisalat (Akava Special Branches, an organisation that represents the interests of people who work in specialist and supervisory positions in culture, administration and business life).

I am accreditated YIntro trainer (YIntro, Digital YIntro, Advanced YIntro), JIMMY trainer and YoMIM trainer. I have also a long experience in different kind of need based designed training cources related to youth information and counselling, project management, youth participation and youth work.

User's Stories

Challengies and Opportunities of Youth Information and Counselling in a Digital Era -seminar...

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In the last GA (yesterday), it was expressed that there should be more information change...

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Youth Guarantee in Finland has inspired many organisations to support young people to find a...

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Koordinaatti - Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling is looking for partners...

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Koordinaatti - Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling in Finland launched in...

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Koordinaatti-Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling in Finland on co-operation...

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Koordinaatti - Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling organised a YIntro...

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A group of young people in Helsinki has been working hard to publish the first USE-IT HELSINKI...

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Mika Pietilä and Jaana Fedotoff from Koordinaatti -centre handed over a Bernard medal to Päivi...

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Koordinaatti-Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling Work in Finland will...

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