Kanuuna offers various development networks for youth work professionals, each with its own development areas. The majority of development areas are focused on a form of youth work. In the networks, professionals from across Finland can meet each other and share their experiences and good practices among their peers. The objective is to provide peer arenas to support people in their work and offer access to the development work.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the groups met face-to-face in network meetings arranged in different locations once or twice a year. At the moment, all network meetings are held online on Teams or the Kanuuna Discord server’s Osaajat online channel. Hybrid meetings are being planned and they will allow for participation in the meetings in both ways.

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Assessment and documentation network

The network is developing a new documentation system for youth work and planning the coordination of different assessment models with the information collected through an electronic system.

Communal gaming network

The network develops all types of gaming as a youth work tool. The network brings together different games, ranging from pool to board games and from e-sports to game centre activities.

Cultural youth work network

The network considers phenomena, themes and feelings related to cultural youth work in the encouraging spirit of peer mentoring.


The network consists of youth workers whose job description includes a significant number of equality and human rights issues.

Leadership network

Leadership network meetings, the Kanuuna (cannon) and Teema (theme) seminars, are intended for leaders of youth services in Kanuuna cities and representatives from smaller municipalities.

Multi-purpose hall workers‘ network

The network intended for multi-purpose hall workers focuses on cooperation between various operators in multi-purpose buildings. Anyone working with young people in multi-purpose buildings is welcome to join.

Network for a changing world

The network delves into changing themes and phenomena that may include the technological revolution, the provocative tone of online conversations or the changing working life, for example.

Smaller municipalities

Network is meant for Youth workers in smaller and/or sparsely populated municipalities offering peer forum to share challenges of spare resources.

Substance abuse prevention network

The network is intended especially for those carrying out substance abuse prevention among young people, but other interested youth work professionals are also welcome to participate in the meetings.

The +16 network

The +16 network welcomes all youth workers interested in developing leisure time activities for people over the age of 16.

Youth work at school

The network is intended for anyone working with young people at school.

Youth work in public spaces

The network consists of youth workers operating in commercial premises such as shopping centres and service stations.

Youth work preparedness network

The youth work preparedness network develops operations focused on enhanced youth work and crisis plans. The network consists of youth workers from municipalities and congregations.