Nordic Young Change-Leaders 

The first pan-Nordic youth network of Young Change Leaders

A platform for Nordic youth to meet and grow Changemaker skills, such as system change thinking, storytelling, lobbying and other. The Nordic Young Change-Leaders (NYC) is setting up the first pan-Nordic youth network as a part of the global Ashoka community of young Changemakers. NYC is on a mission to bring together leading impact-orientated youth to meet, share and grow together – within the Nordics and beyond. 

  • With the network, Ashoka wants to inspire and engage more young people to get involved in solutions around societal problems.

  • Accelerating Nordic collaboration and networks among young change-leaders to enhance the SDG agenda.​

Nordic Youth Summit

In October 2021, the Summit will take place in Northern Sweden:

  • 25 young Changemakers from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden will be elected through an invitation-only process.

  • The young changemakers will be connected  with decision makers, giving them the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas and develop their solutions further.  ​

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What is our selection criteria?

The network members are elected on the following criteria:   

  • A young person between age of 16-25  

  • A youth who has developed or been a key advocate to an idea connected to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for the good of all  

  • A youth who has mobilized a team working towards a solution for societal impact (e.g., volunteers, partners, peers) 

  • A person who is open to co-operate and interested in being a member of a Nordic network 

What do we mean by

A Change-Leader is someone who believes we can all bring about positive change and goes from idea to action in solving societal challenges, mobilizing others as well. We believe changemakers share these traits: 

  • Empathy  

  • Creativity 

  • Self-leadership and the power to inspire and lead others 

  • Critical thinking 

  • The ability to identify important social challenges and find solutions to them! 

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Meet the Nordic
Young Change-Leaders


Hersby Internationella Förening

Cornelia is the co-founder of Internationella Föreningen Hersby, an association focused on integration and cultural exchange. Cornelia is motivated by international relations and wants to create change by using policy at the highest levels.


Filippa Ichu

Changers Hub

 Filippa is a member of 
Changers Hub, an innovation house that aims to democratize success so that all young people have the same opportunity to realize their ideas and influence their future, regardless of starting distance. 

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Anni-Sofia Niittyvuopio

Youth Council of the Finnish Sámi Parliament

Anni-Sofia serves on the Youth Council of the Finnish Sámi Parliament, as the vice-chairman of the Lapland Left Youth and as a general member of the Left Alliance's party council.

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Vilma Rimpelä

RARE Media

Vilma is the CEO and co-founder of RARE, a new media for the youth by the youth. Vilma holds a achelor of Arts and Design (Photography) from Lahti Institute of Arts and Design. 

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Matti Jänkälä

You Tell Me Collective

The You Tell Me Collective is working to create more conversation around construction’s environmental impact, moving beyond carbon dioxide and energy efficiency towards issues of land use and biodiversity loss.


Yosra Ali

Operation 1325

Yosra is determined to make a positive impact in the world through her work at Operation 1325, an umbrella organization that aims to increase women’s influence at all levels of peace processes and in conflict resolution.

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Ismail Abdullahi

WWF Sweden Youth

Ismail is a Sustainability ambassador for Redcross Sweden as well as member at WWF Sweden Youth. He is passionated about sustainability and development issues.


Salaado Qasim

Peace and Wellbeing Organisation

Salaado works for young people and children from different backgrounds to support them throughout their educational and professional paths.

Emma Savela

You Tell Me Collective

As a group of enthusiastic changemakers, the You Tell Me Collective is taking a new approach to architecture education, hoping to see climate literacy built into curriculum and evaluation criteria across Finland’s universities.

Want to know more?

Nathalie Sajda

Nordic Changemaker Map
& Youth Manager 

Frida Ekström

Nordic Youth Coordinator