Dreams are meant to come true

“I want to get the message across to all young people that they are loved and their lives have a purpose. I also want to encourage them to follow their dreams.”

This is how Mira Korhonen, who graduated last spring and does pre-teen youth work in Helsinki’s Saalem parish, describes her work. Mira is responsible for planning and implementing LIFE evenings aimed at secondary school pupils in Finland’s largest Pentecostal parish.

“My work is truly fascinating. I have the freedom to brainstorm and experiment with new approaches.”

Through her work, Mira wants to offer young people a place where they feel safe.

“Home life can mean very different things to different young people. So it’s absolutely crucial that they can find a place where they can be themselves.”


Small capital, huge soul

Dreams matter to Mira Korhonen. She wants the city she loves, Helsinki, to keep growing into a playground of dreams for its citizens.

“Many people let go of their dreams because they worry too much about what others will think. You just have get out and go for it – when you do, anything can happen.”

Art is particularly close to Mira’s heart. She views writing and music as particularly important ways of expressing herself.

“It would be great to see more art and creativity, such as street musicians, in public spaces. And although I’m happy to sit quietly on the morning bus, I’d love to see people talk more to each other.”

Mira absolutely thrives in Helsinki.

“Helsinki is a small capital city with a huge soul. I want to do my part to create a positive atmosphere in Helsinki now and in the future.”


Text: Piia Raitavuo

Photo: Sakari Röyskö


Biniyam Schelling chose Mira Korhonen as a maker of the Helsinki of the future.