Introduction of the partner

Youth Inclusion Association “Younclusion” is non-profit, non-governmental organization with aim to improve the situation of young people, women and marginal groups of the society in all areas of social life. This is achieved by promotion of gender equality, democracy, human rights, social development, volunteerism, integration. The organization’s staff has already 6 years of experience in the fields of non-formal education, youth policies, volunteerism, gender equality, active citizenship and participation, human rights and youth work. Younclusion is a full member organization of various international networks such as Anna Lindh Foundation Network, FEDI Network and national networks such as Denge ve Denetleme Ağı, Gençlik Örgütleri Forumu,
Ulusal Gençlik Parlamentosu etc.

Our Vision:
A society where the community has every child, youth and woman, built-in
for equal opportunity to advance socio-economic transformation, participation and recognition of their full potential.

Our Mission:
To partner with the community, local government, universities, NGOs, foundations to establish the social independence of youth & women to built sustainable inclusiveness and adoption in their lives.

Younclusion’s main objectives are:

– Promotion and protection of human rights, civic values and rights of vulnerable groups of citizens in society,
– Promotion of non-formal education among citizens, especially among young people,
– Support of marginalized people and contributing to their social inclusion in society,
– Encourage our target group to take active part in social, economical and political life.
– Contribute community development by planning local and national events,
– Foster cooperation in international level for mobility in the youth field,
– Facilitating self-determined way of life for young people with fewer opportunities,
– Encouraging young people in the development of creativity and innovation,
– Promoting democratic participation of young people in the decision making process,
– Encouraging young people to participate in the activities of civil society and encouraging the construction of a tolerant, democratic and non-violent society,
– Support any kind of initiatives from our target group for improving of personal and professional skills,
– Creating a learning environment that increases the mobility of young people and supports learning from other young people and youth organizations,
– Establishing cooperation with local government, universities and local/ international NGOs, foundations and other organizations who share common values with us.

Younclusion fulfills its objectives through the programs and projects. The activities; organising specific program activities; implementation of joint projects and cooperation with local and foreign NGOs, foundations, local governments; organising conferences, seminars, training courses, exchanges, discussions, debates, creative workshops, counselling and other public activities and forms of education; organising, implementing and providing support for technical and scientific research through the implementation of various projects and activities; organising voluntary actions to raise awareness on matters of social and public interest, as well as activities encouraging active participation of youngsters in decision-making.

Main departments are:
– Women Studies,
– Youth work,
– Personal and professional development,
– Integration and social inclusion
– Cooperation & Promotion & PR

Presentation of the country / region

Youth Inclusion Association is located in Turkey, Istanbul.

About Turkey:
Turkey has a very colorful history and evidence has been found of the earliest forms of civilizations living in the lands that now are classed as part of this country. Empires that ruled for centuries include, but are not exclusive to the Lycians, Romans, Greeks and Selçuk Dynasty. All over Turkey but specifically on the South West coast are historical sites relating back to these periods. One of the most prominent empires to rule was the Ottomans.  If you go to Istanbul, visit the former home to rulers of the Ottoman empire, Topkapı Palace. They ruled for approximately 900 years however by the year 1918, the Ottoman sultans sided with the losing countries of the First World War and the Anatolia region was due to be separated for ruling by the winning countries.
Many people who have not visited Turkey before assume it to be a third world country however there are major cities such as Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara that are a thriving hub for local and international businesses as well as tourism. Turkey is also quite unique in that Turkish culture is a mix of Ottoman, Greek and western influences. The West and South coast of Turkey as well as the Istanbul peninsula are mostly known for western influences while the East is classed as traditional Turkey which has influences from the Kurdish culture. The North of Turkey is called the Black Sea Region and the towns along this area are known for their natural beauty and green hills thanks to the months of rainfall.
Turkish culture is welcoming to strangers and friendly. The emphasis is on family and friends and you will find it easy to strike up a conversation or make friends with Turkish people, no matter which destination you decide to visit.

About Istanbul:
Istanbul is the city of the past, the present and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people. Imagine yourself in a city; the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West, the constant time travel between past and the future, the balance of the traditional and the contemporary. Istanbul is one of the most visited and important places in the world, a central hub connecting Asia and Europe, blending the past and the future, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world. Visit Istanbul and feel the harmony of the opposites.

The old walled city of Istanbul stands on a triangular peninsula between Europe and Asia. Sometimes as a bridge, sometimes as a barrier, Istanbul for more than 2,500 years has stood between conflicting surges of religion, culture, and imperial power. For most of those years it was one of the most coveted cities in the world.