In practice, we go around Helsinki and schedule meetings in places where young people are comfortable being and talking with us. Sometimes that place might be a café, at other times maybe a youth centre, a park, at your home or one of our offices (which, by the way, are located in Sörnäinen in the Happi Youth Activity Centre and in Helsinki Vocational College in Vallila). And of course we also talk quite a bit about all kinds of things on WhatsApp. Contacting us is: 1) free, 2) voluntary, 3) confidential. What we do is always based on your own wishes.
Things that you can ask us about:
- What kind of interesting activities are there in Helsinki and how can you participate in them?
- Where would be a good place to study and how do you become a student there?
- Where and how can I apply for a job?
- How could I take better care of my finances?
- How do I apply for income/employment/whatever support and what about all those attachments?
- How do I meet new people?
- How do find a new place to live in Helsinki? (answer = It’s probably gonna be really fu****g difficult!)
- Where can I find help when I’m feeling depressed or need help with my mental or physical health? (answer = Help is really available, from quite a few places, actually.)
We can talk about major and minor life plans, fill out different applications together or prepare in peace for whatever big ordeals you have coming up (such as job interviews, school applications, meetings with social workers, etc.). We know plenty about the opportunities available in this city and in Finland, what young people in different situations are entitled to and the places where you can find help with the tough challenges that anyone might face in their lives. Anything that we might not know yet won’t stay unknown for long, since we’re gonna find it out for you and even ask all the stupid questions, so you won’t have to.
Someone might need just a bit of encouragement once or twice to take care of something they’ve been stuck with, while with someone else we might meet several times and together we can work things out for the better. One person might have dropped out of school and have no clear plan on what to do next. Another might be in a tight spot due to losing their flat and running out of money. A third might know exactly what they want, but not how to get it yet. A fourth might have suffered some emotional setbacks and now needs to pick themselves up and move on.
And a fifth might be someone who we’ve not met yet, but who is just now thinking about contacting us by phone/WhatsApp or e-mail or perhaps via the contact form on the front page.