The Youth Work Act states that a young person is a natural person between 7 and 26 years of age. The Youth Field Development Plan 2014-2020 outlines the strategic goals set in the field of youth. The main goals in the development plan are (See more in Chapter 1.1. and Chapter 1.3.):
- the young people will have more choices in terms of discovering their creative and developmental potential;
- the young people will face a lower risk of exclusion;
- the participation of young people in the decision-making will be supported more;
- the youth field operates more efficiently.
Ministry in charge of youth is the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Department responsible for youth is the Department of Youth and Talent Policy. Since 1st of August, the national agency responsible for the implementation of education and youth policy, is the Education and Youth Board. The institution was established on the basis of the services of Innove Foundation, Archimedes Foundation, Information Technology Foundation for Education and Estonian Youth Work Centre.
According to the Local Government Organisation Act, the local governments have a key role in organizing the topics related to local life, including youth work. Most of the financing of youth work comes also from the budget and own income of the local municipalities. See more in Chapter 1.4. The whole budget of state funding to youth policy and youth work is more than 13 million euros. See more in Chapter 1.7.