Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together

by Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association in Support of Contemporary Living)
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Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together
Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together
Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together
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Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together
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Lend a Hand and Let's Grow Together
Mentii students in "CV preparation" training
Mentii students in "CV preparation" training

Dear supporter,

In the last three months, we have successfully organized  4 trainings for our mentii students in Istanbul: "Career planning", "Presentation techniques", "CV preparation" and "Interview techniques"- all of them necessary tools for students who will be looking for jobs in the near future.

With the help of an independent survey company , we have also conducted a survey where all our mentors and mentii students took part and got a very positive result with a high satisfaction rate. The survey was also evaluated separately for each CYDD branch taking part in the program.

To further evaluate our 6th year in the program , Progress Monitoring and Evaluation Sessions were held with 100 mentors and 120 mentii students through branch coordinators and the results will be used to to plan our 7th term.

We look forward to our 7th year and to your continued support.

Kind regards, 

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A menti and her mentor
A menti and her mentor

Dear Donor,

We exceeded our goal of 200 pairs for 2017-2018 and reached 254 menti-mentor pairs. So far 795 pairs benefited from the project.

We are very happy with the demand for our project but we now need to develop the technical infrastructure of our web platform to pair the increasing number of menti and mentor applications. We are doing a market research for a good partner to update our web platform and a good offer. We hope to start next year fully equipped.

In the meantime, we are organizing various trainings for our menti students; subject of the February training is "Career planning", of March "Presentation techniques" and of April will be "Emotional intelligence". We will be telling you about the feedback from these trainings in our next report.

We need your continued support as we will be spending a good part of our budget on the web infrastructure this year. 

Thank you..

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October 14 mentii training
October 14 mentii training

Dear donor,

We are happy to announce that 3 new CYDD branches ( Balkesir, Denizli  and Usak) joined the project in its 6th year and more than 200 menti-mentor pairs will benefit in 2017-2018. All mentor and mentii trainings are finalized, pairs are nearly all determined and branches are starting their acquaintance meetings.

This season 24 CYDD branches are taking part and 32 volunteer trainers have successfully finalized the mentii-mentor trainings.Even though this is a low budget project run mainly by volunteers following the main investment made to design the special program and its manuals, we still need your support to extend the project. Volunteer trainers need to travel to other cities to train mentors and menti and local trainers.

We thank you for your continual support for the project we are so proud of.

Kindly yours,


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Year end party
Year end party

Dear donor

We completed the previous season of mentorship project on June 5th and are getting ready for our 6th  year. All 21 CYDD branches that took part in the project this year celebrated the year end with a little party that brought together the mentors, the students and the CYDD branch members.

Total number of 180 mentor- menti pairs profited from the project this year and we had professionals from Dow Chemical and professors from major Istanbul Universities joining the project as mentors.

For the 6th year we plan to have at least 200 pairs and increase the number of CYDD branches to 28. The 7 new branches will be determined from among  Beylikdüzü, Büyükçekmece, Gaziosmanpasa, Urla, Usak,  Balkesir, Samsun, Ankara, Denizli, Sinop, Gaziantep and Van branches. We will share with you the new partnering branches in our next report.

The goal of our 6th year will be to carry the project to new far away towns like Van and Gaziantep and to increase the percentage of girl students profiting from the project. We need to organize mentor and menti trainings in these new towns and this means we need your support as always.

We thank you for believing in our project..

Best regards,

Year end celebration
Year end celebration
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Year end meeting with mentors  in Istanbul
Year end meeting with mentors in Istanbul

As we are approaching the end of our 5th year in the program, we are enriching our activities for our menti students. The students who have meetings with their mentors regularly are also taking part in various activities offered by volunteer sponsors.

Four activities were scheduled for May and attendance was high;

-Oracle (sponsor company providing mentors for the project and meeting locations for trainings) gave free “Excel” trainings to 10 menti.

-Anadolu Isuzu employees hosted 20 menti students in their Gebze Bus and Truck factory (engineering students were given priority) for a day and Isuzu management gave career tips on engineering and human resources management.

-10 menti (students of health sciences and chemistry were given priority) were invited to Bilim Ilaç (one of the leading local pharmaceutical companies) for a day where they had a chance to learn about the pharmaceutical sector and learned about the work experience of employes. Each student was given a mentor from the company.

-A full day seminar was given by educators Buket Tunakan and Pnar Demircan on personal development and how to start work life (interview techniques, preparing CV’s, etc.)

Furthermore Istanbul menti students have been getting free English lessons from Üsküdar American Lycee students on a one-to-one basis. Each menti is coupled with an ÜAL student and they meet regularly in a place of their own choice. The protocol made with school management enables students to fulfill their social responsibility projects and our menti to improve their English language skills.

This year these activities could only be designed for our Istanbul menti students and we do need your support to extend these activities to the other cities where our project accepts students.

With your support we hope to have a stronger program next school year..

We thank you all.

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Project Leader:
Guldal Ebeoglu
Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey
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