Position:Editor-in-chief of youth newspaper Tankla and administrator of Valga County youth information portal www.tankla.net
I guess I can call myself one of those lucky people who have found what they like to do in an early age. For my interest in society and desire to make a change I studied government and politics.
Right after graduating from the university I found myself working in the youth field, which had not at all been my plan, but has fascinated me for the last 4 years.
During this time I have been involved in several innovative youth projects where I have used lots of various interactive media tools to make my own work, the visibility of projects and teamwork more effective.
These projects include initiating Model NATO simulation game in Estonia in 2007, founding of Puka Open Youth Centre in 2008, celebration of European Youth Week in Valga County in 2008, carrying out an beneficiary art project in Alma de Nino orphanage in Colombia in 2009, being the project manager for the first summer school of Valga County youth centres in 2010, etc.
Currently I am running my own small organisation HSL Consultancy which primarily focuses on various youth work trainings and projects (such as “World is My Backyard”, Valga county youth newspaper Tankla, administration of Valga County youth information portal Tankla).
My main professional interests are youth field (supporting youth initiatives, raising the awareness on youth participation and engagement and youth media), journalism and new media, international cooperation, leadership issues and change management.
Currently I am also taking some subjects of journalism and communications in the University of Tartu in order to enter postgradute studies next year.
I have lived 4 times longer periods abroad (in France, Belgium, Norway and Colombia). I like travelling, but I do believe that Estonia is still the best place in the world to live and work :)
My motto in life is a quote by R. W. Emerson: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.