Suomi Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto - Activities

Vision and strategy

SAMĀ“s vision is to become the leading information center for Finnish students looking for scholarships or summer jobs in the United States.

Additionally, we offer events, training, and other activities to our members and an opportunity to enhance your skills with our volunteer jobs.

Organization and leadership

The League of Finnish American Societies (SAM) is a non-profit friendship organization. Our mission is to deepen the understanding between our nations, cultural exchange and advance opportunities for students by offering scholarships and summer jobs.

In addition, SAM functions as an umbrella organization for its local chapters.

SAM is a politically independent organization and it does not try to influence state matters.


The board

The board for the league is responsible for strategic planning and providing guidance to operations. The board has one chair, two vice-chair, and 6-19 members, who are elected at the annual meeting. Their term is two years. The current chair, Elina Lehtinen was nominated to her position on October 26th, 2019.

The annual meeting is held between May and October. Member chapters can send representatives to the annual meeting, based on their membership quota. The annual meeting elects the board every other year.

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