International activities for young adults

StepEurope ry


StepEurope ry is a volunteer based organization. The active youth volunteers are in charge of planning and implementing the activities with the support from the project manager, project coordinator and interns. The board is the decision making body, which is supporting the employee’s and interns’ work. 

Melina Negash

President of the Board


Chair of the board and one of the founders of the organization. Master of social sciences, specialized in social work. Her passion is travelling and exploring new cultures. Melina wants to encourage all young people for active citizenship and to get involved in international youth work. Email:

Saila Holm

Vice President


The vice president, actively involved in since 2015. Community educator, working in the social field. Saila is a talkative and outgoing person who loves nature. In StepEurope she sees, working together with creative people, creating new ideas and bringing people together, the best things! Email:

Tewodros Mekonnen Negash

International Coordinator


International activities coordinator and member of the Board, one of the founders of StepEurope ry. MA of International Human Rights Law. He loves working with people from all over the world and encourage them to an active citizenship. In StepEurope ry he is in charge of the international cooperations and funding applications. Email:

Ronja Kankare

Project Manager and Board Member


Project manager and member of the board, has been actively involved since 2017. Ronja is a MA of Education, who has passion towards intercultural actions and exploring cultures. She is the team leader and responsible one for the administration tasks. Email:

Elias Ayele

Board Member


Member of the Board. Elias has a Master’s degree in international human rights law. He has a passion in refugees’ rights and human rights education for youth in general. He has been a volunteer since 2016 and did a six months work try-out at StepEurope ry. Email:

Elli-Noora Heino

Board Member


Member of the board. Elli has a MA in Education and strong background in education enhancement and export to fragile contexts. She has worked in several countries among young people and enjoys empowering youth and providing them opportunities to engage intercultural activities. Elli has been actively involved since 2018. Email:

Ronja Tuulia Koistinen

Project Coordinator

Ronja Tuulia


Lisa Biancucci

Work Try-out intern


Lisa have studied Cultural Anthropology and Pedagogy. She has been working with children and young people with a different cultural background. In StepEurope ry she deals with local projects and activities, marketing and coordination of the volunteers. Lisa has been actively involved since 2016. Email:

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