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Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (Community Volunteers Foundation)
Istanbul, Turkey

Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG) works with the mission of empowering the youth in order to achieve social peace, solidarity and change together with the young people. As TOG volunteers, young individuals organize in clubs, groups or communities in their universities as branches in Turkey to carry out social responsibility projects.

TOG gets in touch with young people through peer to peer trainings, volunteer work projects, face to face support in university clubs and/or communities. These projects not only contribute to the society, but also empowers the young people. TOG mobilizes young people in Turkey and abroad around certain themes in order to uphold sustainability and create spaces where the youth can learn from each other.

Eine Welt Netzwerk Thüringen
Thüringen, Germany

The Eine Welt Netzwerk Thüringen works on developing a discourse and an understanding on themes such as sustainable development, human rights, global equity and justice with young individuals in local level. The association tries to create a critical perspective which includes aspects like postcolonialism, global order, unequal access to resources, environmental degradation, etc.

Eine Welt works through educational projects, capacity building workshops, advocacy campaigns, and web-based mediums to reinforce global perspectives on developmental issues. Also, the association encourages youth participation and networking.

During the programme, we organized study visits to Germany and Turkey. We worked on improving youth participation within our organizations. The first study visit was held in Thuringia, Germany where workshops and visits were conducted at youth work related organizations such as AWO Thüringen, Landesvereinigung Kulturelle Jugendbildung, Europäische Jugend Bildungstätte Weimar, Red Roxx Die Linke. The workshop that Eine Welt co-organised covered issues of sustainable consumption and future resilient cities through ad busting technique. A significant number of participants in this workshop were associated with youth work. Throughout these days, TOG also had a chance to meet the local organizations in Thuringia.

In Istanbul, TOG organised a workshop on the issue. Also, Eine Welt had the chance to meet organizations from Turkey working in the same field such as Habitat and Türkiye Çocuklara Yeniden Özgürlük Vakfı.

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