Timeline for the program: 

  • 9 May – Application period
  • 23 June – Last application day

The program consists of:

  • 8 September – Digital Kickoff and Introduction (Online)
  • 15 September – Participation in the Waves Summit in Helsinki
  • 14-15 October – Changemaker workshops and mentoring meetings in Helsinki
  • 2 December – Final workshop in Helsinki and further development of initiatives
SFV Changemaker

Who is participating in SFV Changemaker?

  • Youth between the ages of 18-25.

  • Socially engaged youth who are eager to learn more about social entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership, as well as meet new people and develop their skills. The young participants have a strong commitment to change society in a positive way.

  • They do not need to have a completed idea. It is important for us to see that they have an issue close to their heart that they are passionate about and that they want to change within society. 

  • Youth in Finland who are comfortable working in Swedish.

We selected 11 participants for the program.

SFV Changemaker

What phases does SFV Changemaker contain?

The program is a combination of education and mentorship. We focus on five focus areas: 

  • Self-knowledge and self-leadership – an education and exercise around values, one's own strengths and areas of development, working independently and with others in teams. 
  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovations – an introduction to social entrepreneurship through information and case examples, focus on how to identify and understand societal challenges and their root causes.
  • Leadership and commitment – focusing on leadership skills, how to build strong teams and inspire others to make a difference.
  • Mentoring program – participants are connected with experienced mentors from different sectors, who meet them regularly for 6 months to support them in their work.
  • Participants get the opportunity to exchange experiences with each other, and also to broaden their networks and perspectives.

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SFV is an association that promotes education in Swedish in Finland. Together with their partners and contributors, SFV contributes to a diverse and tolerant society in which Finnish-Swedish has a strong, self-evident and positive role. Through its own initiatives and various forms of support, SFV creates a positive change in society. They focus on sustainability, participation, commitment and democracy, among other things.

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Meet the youth participants

Meet the mentors

Get inspired! Meet Young Changemakers

Salaado Qasim

Salaado Qasim

Salaado Qasim is Co-founder and Chair of the Peace and Well-being organization RAHY  —  an NGO working to empower people by improving the living conditions of women and young people.

Ronny Eriksson

Ronny Eriksson

Ronny Eriksson is the Co-founder of Ambitious.Africa, a global movement that breaks down intergenerational and cultural barriers — allowing thousands of young people to lead the change supported by local governments.

Nermin Karaoglan

Nermin Karaoglan

Nermin Karaoglan is the Co-founder of SKY Nuoriso (Finnish Intercultural Community)  — a Working Group that aims to ensure the well-being of all members of society, minimizing disparities and avoiding marginalization.

Vilma Rimpelä

Vilma Rimpelä

Vilma is the CEO of RARE  — a next-generation media company that creates journalistic and impactful content on social media platforms.


💡How are the participants selected?

During the selection process, we selected participants who have a strong commitment linked to the issue they are passionate about. They did not need to have a completed solution or idea, but it is important that they have a drive to create change within society.

🧳 How many participants are admitted to the program?

We selected 11 participants for this program.

✊🏾 What is expected from you?

Young participants are expected to attend our mentoring and training sessions. They do not need to prepare in advance for these.

💶 How much does it cost to join the program?

The program is completely free.

*It also includes the opportunity to apply for travel allowance and, if necessary, compensation for accommodation according to the most favorable alternatives.

🔥 Who is a changemaker? 

A changemaker is someone who has identified a societal challenge and acts to solve that challenge, often with new methods and an innovative approach. We view the unifying factors for young changemakers as empathy, creativity, self-leadership, the ability to work together, the ability to act and the ability to think critically.

Here you can get to know young changemakers in Ashoka's network.

⚡Who is a social entrepreneur?

A social entrepreneur is just like a changemaker -- someone who has identified a societal challenge and acts to solve that challenge, often with new methods and an innovative approach. Social entrepreneurs value the impact of society more than creating profit. There are social entrepreneurs in all sectors of society -- well-being, climate issues, education, etc.

You can get acquainted with Ashoka's network of Nordic social entrepreneurs here.

Do you have questions? Please contact us!