2019 Future Leaders Grant Award Ceremony

Future Leaders 2019 Award Ceremony (© State Dept.)

The U.S. Embassy Helsinki hosted the 15 Finnish Future Leaders program participants and their families at the U.S. Embassy Innovation Center on May 10, 2019. Each of the participants received an award certificate signed by U.S. Ambassador to Finland Robert Pence and officials from the Embassy’s partners on the project – AFS Finland and the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI). Ambassador Pence, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor, EDUFI’s Anni Miettunen and AFS’ Anni Siltanen all delivered remarks, while Future Leaders alumni Kata Backman and Vihtori Nurminen recounted some of their experiences on the program.

In its fourth year, the Future Leaders program is managed by AFS Finland through funding from the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki and the Finnish National Agency for Education. Each summer, 15 Finnish and 15 American high school students participate in a six-week exchange with workshops, projects, and visits regarding topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, and active citizenship. The Finnish students stay with American families learning about everyday American life, while their American counterparts stay with Finnish families. More information on the U.S. Embassy Helsinki exchange programs and the Future Leaders program.

More pictures from the Award Ceremony are available at the Embassy Flickr album.