In February 2016, 11 friends created what is now a strong community of 300 volunteers from over 50 countries.
Originally envisioned a storytelling platform bringing communities together in Istanbul, Istanbul&I grew to Istanbul’s first youth social impact group, dedicated to spreading volunteer culture and working with displaced and disadvantaged communities.
In Ramadan, Istanbul&I collected donations from our personal networks to begin a program sharing Iftar with the disadvantaged populations of Tarlabaşı.
Istanbul&I began implementing courses designed by members of our community in various community centers for displaced youth in Istanbul, like digital literacy, English, Arabic, and environmental design. We send volunteers straight to communities in collaboration with groups like Corba Tuzun Olsun, Yusra Center, and Okmeydanı Sosyal Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma.
As we grew, members began designing social integration programs targeted at promoting community, learning and awareness, and developing skills. Many of our programs are in our office in Karaköy, opened in November, when we became a registered NGO in Turkey.
We give space to young people interested in creating social impact projects, giving back to the community, starting discussions on global issues, and developing their personal skills.