YOFOM was founded by Jamaican-born attorney Claudia Ashanie Wilson, who has been practicing law since 2013. She is the owner of the Claudia & Partners Law Firm. Claudia’s own journey as an Icelander of foreign origin inspired her to create a space that encourages youth of foreign origin to pursue their educational and professional dreams with confidence.

Claudia is versed in the specific challenges that people of foreign origin face in Iceland from her professional and personal experiences.

Beyond her client-centered legal work, Claudia is a part-time lecturer at the University of Iceland and GRÓ-The Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST). Claudia has served or is currently serving on the boards of various committees and non-profit organizations, including as Vice Chair of Amnesty International’s Iceland Chapter and Chair of the Professional Advisor Committee to the Icelandic Gender Equality Fund.

In 2023 she was appointed Judge to the Court of Impeachment for a six-year term by Althing, the Icelandic Parliament.  more

The executive board

Amanda Lee


The mentors & Mentees

The mentors & Mentees

Embark on a transformative mentorship journey with a cohort of your peers, where you will discuss your goals, seek guidance, and work collaboratively to overcome challenges and achieve success.


YOFOM pairs mentees with a peer “buddy” mentor and professional mentors who will help them to navigate their future goals, while simultaneously expanding mentees’ social circles. Mentees will participate in monthly mentor talks, book club discussions, and other events aimed at giving mentees more access to opportunities.

YOFOM seeks applications from youth of foreign origin in Iceland who are between 15-20 years old. While it is not necessary for applicants to live in the Capital Region, mentees must be able to attend the monthly mentor talks and events held in-person at least three times a month in Reykjavík. 

Mentors will be evaluated based on their areas of expertise and what skills and knowledge they can share with mentees. YOFOM will review mentee applications and match them with mentors who can help them level up academically, professionally, and socially in Icelandic society. 

Mentees are expected to attend the monthly mentor talks and events which are held at least three times a month in Reykjavík. YOFOM seeks mentees who are fully committed to the program and dedicated to getting the most out of their mentorship experience. We encourage mentees to engage with their mentors and cultivate new connections. 

There will be designated in-person mentor talks and events each month, but mentees are encouraged to be in active communication with their mentors. Mentors will share their preferred means of communication and scheduling with mentees.

Mentors will come from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, so topics can vary from mentor to mentor. Mentees can seek guidance on career, academics, personal trajectory, networking, Icelandic culture and society, and many other areas.

Mentees will be assigned a peer mentor and group mentor. These two mentors will serve as the core of the YOFOM program. If mentees feel a connection to other mentors in the program, they are welcomed to connect with those mentors as well.