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
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Mentor training in Istanbul
Mentor training in Istanbul

Dear donor,

We are happy to report that our mentorship project is growing successfully and many mentors from reputable international companies like IBM, Hitachi, Siemens, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Arçelik, Bayer , Inditeks and Oracle are joining our program.Our scholarship university students feel extremely lucky to have such experienced role models and have the chance to have one-to-one meetings with their role models regularly.

This year we have also added to the program some free seminars for our mentee students in Istanbul.We would like to increase the number of seminars and hold them also in the other cities (Kocaeli, Izmir, Ankara, Bursa, Çanakkale and Mugla) where the project is running.

Our target for 2017-2018 is to extend the project to 5 new branches in 3 new cities and to reach 200 new mentors and 200 new mentees, to further increase female participation to 70% and to train more trainers to work in new cities.

We want to dream big but know that is not possible without your support...

Best regards,

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Menti from CYDD Bursa branch - menti training
Menti from CYDD Bursa branch - menti training

Dear supporter,

ÇYDD mentorship project is now in its 5th year and this year we have more than 180 pairs (mentor and menti) joining the program (10% above our projections for 2016-2017). We are now carrying out the project in 7 cities (Istanbul, Kocaeli, Izmir, Ankara, Bursa, Çanakkale and Mugla).

The project’s primary aim was to help the personal development of the university students and to build their self-confidence. However the mentors also have immensely benefited from this program as well as the CYDD branch coordinators and mentor-menti trainers. More and more reputable business people are applying to be mentors.

As all trainers and mentors are volunteers, the project cost is relatively low. However we wish to expand the project gradually to every one of the 108 CYDD branches. This means an increase in travel and accommodation cost for mentor-menti trainers and in organization cost of several year-end and team building meetings and activities. Moreover the project website needs to be restructured for easier survey of the pair relations and evaluations by the project general coordinator.

We do need your support to expand the project so that more students can benefit from this well designed project.

Some comments from our mentii:

"developed my problem solving abilities" "I was inspired","I felt more open to learning and developing myself"

"I had a sense of security"

And from mentors;

"I realized I could help my menti find her own way with her own methods even though I would not actually do it that way- it made me feel more mature", "I became more objective.."

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Year end meeting of mentors and menti
Year end meeting of mentors and menti

Dear supporter,

ÇYDD believes that giving scholarship to university students is very important and helps them to continue their schooling with less worries. However these students who live and study in cities away from their hometown face many problems.The mentorship project aims to help them to communicate their problems with their mentors, find solutions and thus build their self confidence.

In the past 4 years of the project , 363 pairs (mentor/menti) benefited and 61% of the menti students were girls.This year the project aim is 160 pairs from 7 different cities.As project evolves we have mentor candidates from reputable companies who also become role models for the students.

The project mentors are volunteers and the project budget is small -mainly covering travel and training costs.But we do need your support to keep it going and to have the project expand.

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Project Leader:
Guldal Ebeoglu
Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey
$12,089 raised of $35,000 goal
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