Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together

by Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association in Support of Contemporary Living) Vetted since 2011

Summary

CYDD has given so far scholarship to 33513 economically disadvantaged university students and now developed the "Mentorship project" by setting up a "one to one" mentorship program . With mentorship project, CYDD aims to prepare university students for the challenges they might face both in their personal and professional lives, support their personal development and enable them to make good decisions. Priority is given to girls for mentee selection.

$35,000
total goal
$31,195
remaining
28
donors
1
monthly donor
2
years

Challenge

In Turkey, there are many disadvantaged youngsters who have either no access to education due to severe poverty or has to interrupt their education for work to support their families financially or has been forced to marry early due to economic and/or social reasons thus keeping them away from education. Not having education and economical impairment indeed feeds each other which turns to be a vicious circle. Furthermore unemployment is high for new university graduates .

Solution

CYDD tries to break this cycle by providing scholarships and with the mentorship project aims to prepare university students for the challenges they might face both in their personal and professional lives, support their personal development and enable them to make good decisions. Priority is given to girls for mentee selection. Mentors are volunteers from CYDD alumni (previous scholars) and also successful professionals that carry a one-to-one relation with university scholars (mentee).

Long-Term Impact

Mentorship project has already been deployed in 21 CYDD branches in Istanbul, Bursa,Canakkale, Izmit, Izmir ,Mugla and Ankara and reached 202 mentees (66% females) and 202 mentors (CYDD alumni and volunteered professionals, 66% females) and developed 8 mentor trainers,14 mentee trainers to ensure sustainability.Target is to extend project to 4 new cities and CYDD branches and 200 new students every year.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​cydd.org.tr
Mentorship project site
Project Leader:
Guldal Ebeoglu
Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey
$3,805 raised of $35,000 goal
 
53 donations
$31,195 to go
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