About us

Who we are?

Our mission is to promote initiatives in favor of young people. Having as point of departure the human dignity of people, we foster youth to engage in social development projects that help the neediest: we want to serve them and have an open mindset to be able to share with, and learn from them. We believe that by supporting solidarity today, we build a better society tomorrow.

International Youth Cooperation Suomi ry is a youth association operating in Finland since 2015 and established legally in 2017. It is as local branch of the network International Youth Cooperation, non-governmental organisation present in 11 European countries with more than 25 years of experience.

What do we do?

To fulfill our mission, we:

  • Organize events that inspire youth to volunteer and live for others;
  • Coordinate learning, training and formation events that help volunteers to develop their skills
  • Foster equality opportunities among young people, regardless their sex, race, or background.
  • Offer courses and activities that help our volunteers and other young people to find meaningfulness in their life.
  • Set campaigns and teambuilding events to grant visibility to solidarity as value.
  • Cooperate in international projects with similar goals, exchanges and volunteering activities.
  • Raise and collect funds to undertake these objectives.

More information about IYC in Finland and internationally at  https://iyouthc.org

Tiina
Tiina
Volunteer
Natividad
Natividad
Youth Coordinator
Pedro Páramo Soto
Pedro Páramo Soto
Project Manager and Volunteer
Pedro, having previously cooperated with IYC Spain, is now here in Finland to share his professional experience. Project coordinator. He is also an active support for the volunteers in many of the activities. Pedro studies Tourism.
Santi Rodriguez
Santi Rodriguez
Board member
The artist of the team. Where others see things, he sees figures, colors and dreams. Santi studies graphic design.
Elle Rautiainen
Elle Rautiainen
Vicepresident
Elle studies music in the conservatory and community education. She dreams of a job, where both skills can be unified in a motivated and innovative environment. 
Jorge Soria
Jorge Soria
President
Chairman of IYC Suomi and one of its founding fathers. Jorge used to cooperate with IYC Spain before moving to Finland. 
Elias Rautiainen
Elias Rautiainen
Board member
The artist soul of IYC Suomi. He jumped in through the school-construction project in Uganda in 2017 and has continued building since then!  Elias' passion for helping others spans to his profession as a paramedic, and his desire to inspire is seen also in his studies of music. 
Charles Nwoko
Charles Nwoko
CEO
One of the founder fathers of IYC and its current CEO, Charles has the power of making you smile at any moment. Every team needs an optimist, he is ours!
Aino Salmi
Aino Salmi
Project Coordinator and General Secretary

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