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    Final Report of International Youth Leadership Academy

    2010 - 2013

    Prepared by Elif Kalan and IYLA team

    November 2013, Istanbul

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    Content

    Foreword ................................................................................................................................................. 4

    IYLAs Approach and Vision ..................................................................................................................... 6

    Introduction ............................................................................................................................................. 7

    Local and National Partnerships.............................................................................................................. 8

    Global Partnerships .............................................................................................................................. 11

    Training Curriculum .............................................................................................................................. 13

    National Program .............................................................................................................................. 14

    International Trainings ....................................................................................................................... 20

    Comments from trainees .................................................................................................................. 21

    International Attention .......................................................................................................................... 25

    Madam Bans Visit .............................................................................................................................. 26

    Dream Photo ......................................................................................................................................... 27

    Results in numbers ................................................................................................................................ 31

    Results ................................................................................................................................................... 32

    Profiles ............................................................................................................................................... 33

    Information and Communication .......................................................................................................... 34

    ONline UGLA. ...................................................................................................................................... 34

    Facebook: Uluslararas Gen Liderler Akademisi - Ugla/Iyla ............................................................ 34

    Project Partners .................................................................................................................................... 35

    Habitat Center for Development and Governance (Habitat) .............................................................. 35

    Save the Children (Netherlands)....................................................................................................... 35

    UNICEF ............................................................................................................................................. 36

    United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) ........ 36

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    Foreword

    The International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA) was coordinated by Habitat between

    September 2010- September 2013. From the very beginning, it has been witnessed thatthe academy

    waswelcomed by many young people and more importantly owned by them together with

    continuous support of all partners. As a coordinator, I would like to express my gratitude to all

    volunteer trainers who have been organizing local trainings all around the country and I am very

    happy to have met with them. Without their willingness and excitement, none of these activities and

    trainings could have been done. In addition to our volunteer trainers, I also appreciate the volunteer

    support of our partners in developing the curriculum of the training topics: Sabanc University CAR

    Program, Bilgi University Child Studies Department and Center for Research and Implementation of

    Human Rights Law, BABL Documentary Movie Association, Bakent University Communication Department Hate Speech Working Group, Lawyer zlem Kara, and EKO-IQ. Lastly, I also would

    like to thank the team at Habitat Office: Tun Karaay, Dilara Gk, Dilan Kaya, Zeynep Arslan, Aye

    Tapnar, as well as Anl Gkrenk, Sait etin, lhan Ermi, dil erifolu, Mustafa zer, Bora Caldu, Cihan Kaplan, Serdil Demir, Baak Saral and Sezai Hazr. We have believed in this project together

    and I am very sure that we will keep continuing and expanding our trainings as well as continue

    cooperating and sharing with todays partners.

    Last but not least, IYLA had been developed within a partnership between CORIO and Save the

    Children Netherlands, UCLG-MEWA and WALD, and UNICEF-Turkey. Each partner had a specific

    role and provided support which contributed to the gradual development of IYLA in its focuscities

    and regions. Therefore, we would like to congratulate our partners in taking social responsibility by

    investing in people and more specifically youth.

    IYLA project aimed to empower young people in Turkey and neighboring regions ,(such as South

    East Europe, Caucasus, MENA and Central Asia) to enable them to be local leaders with equipped

    knowledge, skills and attitudes they need. Therefore, we proudly say that 147 young volunteer peer

    trainers have been empowered through national training programs and they accomplished to expand

    their knowledge to more than 4590 disadvantaged youth in 41 cities. In addition to this, through

    international trainings, youth organizations and young people themselves from 26 countries have

    been empowered on youth and child rights and participation, conflict resolution methods and

    approaches together with UNICEF Turkey and Sabanc University CAR Program leadership. IYLA

    with growing demand has become a significant venue for young people and youth organizations who

    believe in youth capacity and leadership.

    During this academy project, that the student feedback we have received was:

    - IYLA is my second home - I realized that discrimination is very serious problem. I think this training should be

    generalized all around Turkey in order to get rid of hate speech,

    - This training made a contribution to my social and business life. After this training, I decided to improve my attitude towards conflict resolution

    - The simulation games about negotiation and mediation taught us many significant insights related to conflict resolution. Additionally, I learnt something about active listening and

    dialogue

    - After this training I will give more importance to art in my life - I did not care about discrimination and hate speech before. But now I know it is important

    to think about this topic. This training changed my perspective and motivated me to

    eradicate my prejudices.

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    Many comments and feedbacks from young people all around the world prove that we are on the

    right way but also remind us that we need to work harder to keep this energy alive.

    Subsequently, three years of IYLA has finalized by September 2013. However, IYLA network both in

    Turkey and in the region has been growing and expanding with volunteer power and willingness of

    youth. This final report presents accomplishments and displays activities of IYLA within its period.

    Elif Kalan Project Coordinator

    Dilara Gk Project Assistant

    Tun Karaay Project Assistant

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    IYLAs Approach and Vision

    For IYLA young leader is a person who

    is aware of discrimination and take

    necessary measures to eliminate

    discrimination; respects and protects

    others rights as well as her/his;

    advocates for those rights; uses

    peaceful means to resolve conflicts; is

    environment-friendly; uses right-based

    approach in his/her activities.

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    Introduction

    The joint project of International Young Leadership Academy (IYLA) began under the coordination

    of Habitat Centre for Development and Governance (Habitat), with support of United Cities and

    Local Governments Middle East and the West Asian Regional Section (UCLG-MEWA), CORIO

    which is a Dutch company, and with the partnership of Save the Children Netherlands office in

    September 2010. World Academy of Local Governments and Democracy (WALD), and UNICEF

    provided valuable support and technical assistance for the development and improvement of the

    academy and training curricula. CORIO, as a partner, financially supported IYLA. Save the Children