At Ben & Jerry’s we believe that when good things come together, great things happen. Whether it’s chunks and swirls in our Ice Cream or people coming together to support the lives of people who are new in the Nordics, we think life is better when shared. That is why we at Ben & Jerry’s are proud to have partnered up with our friends at Nema Problema, a non-profit organization that strives for a more positive and inclusive society.
Nema Problema aims to make Sweden the best at integration, a vision that sometimes hold great challenges, but also, more importantly great opportunities. They create meetings and lasting friendships between new and established Swedes and offer programs specifically to support newcomers with finding different job opportunities.
‘’Integration is often described as something difficult or even scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We, together with our collaborators and the thousands of participants from our activities and programs, knows that integration can be both fun and easy. And that’s something we want to show to the rest of the world! We are happy that Ben & Jerry’s and Nema Problema found each other in this mission. With the support from B&J we have spread positivity and joy by hosting big events where people can come together, network and have a great time.’’ Says Hanna Ukura, Communications Manager at Nema Problema.
Apart from the large events Nema Problema arrange, they have their buddy programs, something that has shown to be especially important during times when loneliness and uncertainty have raised. As the whole world has been rocked by the effects of Covid-19, for people who are new to Sweden, the stakes and the problems arising can be much higher. That’s why Nema Problema have chosen to digitalize all aspects of their work from startup meetings to workshops!
Nema Problemas first mentorship program focuses on newly arrived youths. Newcomers between the age of 16 and 25 years get paired up with young adults between 20 and 35 years that’s been living in Sweden for a long time. The mentee is supported by their mentor to formulate and achieve their work or study related goals. At the same time both the mentor and the mentee have a chance to get to know each other and gain new insights in life.
The second mentorship program is related to job opportunities, were newly arrived adults that are looking for employment get paired with and established mentor who has similar education and/or work experience. For 8 months they meet up – which in these times of course mostly is digital video meetings – and that hopefully leads to the mentee taking steps towards an occupation and broadening their network.
*This article is written in partnership with Nema Problema