what is Embark?

The first cohort of young Syrian ‘mentors’ were paired with participating ‘mentees’ at Unilever Turkey, who together engaged in a series of meetings and conversations for three months in summer 2018. Through GDN’s youth network in Turkey, Syrian students were also paired with Turkish students within peer mentoring component of the project. After a successful pilot, Embark is now launching its second cohort with MasterCard and Unilever in Turkey in September 2018. The second cohort will be implemented by GDN with Xynteo in Turkey in partnership and with the financial support of Unilever and Mastercard.

About GDN: Gelecek Daha Net (GDN) increases employability of young people in Turkey through online and offline services empowering young people. Services vary from online mentoring, coaching, trainings, surveys, workshops, youth camps, etc. GDN encourages youth to be proactive members of society, gears them up with 21st century life-skills and empowers them to make more informed life, education and career choices.

 

The program will include reverse mentoring, peer mentoring components and soft-skills development trainings. Also, during and after the program mentors will be able to access online certificate trainings through GDN’s platform.

 

Embark is ready to expand to new industries and new geographies, and we invite new corporate participants to take part. We welcome businesses from across different sectors who recognize the potential of the estimated 60 million people in the refugee diaspora and wish to sharpen their understanding and connection with this demographic.

 

Embark’s history

Embark was developed as part of Xynteo’s Leadership Vanguard program that brings together senior leaders from international organisations to develop projects that sit at the intersection of human needs and commercial interests.

 

Embark was initially set up as a partnership between Unilever Turkey (pilot sponsor), GDN (implementing partner), United Work (delivery partner), and Xynteo Ltd (advisor). We hope you’ll join us in helping Embark impact more sectors and empowering everyone to use their skills and expertise to contribute to the communities where they live.

 

Watch a video here featuring Embark mentors and mentees sharing their experiences.

Embark is a place where you bring two people from completely different worlds and let them discover just how much they have in common, and just how much they can learn from each other and even be of help to each other.

Odai, Syrian mentor

I first thought that this is just a good opportunity to meet with people from different backgrounds and share ideas and experiences ... After five meetings, I feel that we have touched each other’s lives deeply

Duygu, Unilever mentee

I now have an ideal in life and I will follow his lead on how to be successful in my career.

Syrian mentor

I am truly grateful for the chance I was given to meet a unique group of successful and ambitious people.

Syrian mentor

It was a great opportunity to get feedback from a youngster with a very different background. The content of the sessions was really strong and very different from regular corporate comments.

Mentee,Unilever

It supported my understanding very much about the new generation and cultural differences and similarities and helped me to shape my behavior to those generations accordingly.

Mentee,Unilever

OUR TEAM

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Embark Program Director

Nuha Boğa Çam

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GDN Founder

Serra Titiz

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Project Coordinator at GDN

Genar Ersoy

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Embark Program Director

Nuha Boğa Çam

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GDN Founder

Serra Titiz

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Project Coordinator at GDN

Genar Ersoy

Cole Paulson

Advisor at Xynteo

Cole Paulson

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Director At Xynteo

Nyla Khan

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Digital Manager at Unilever

Amber Erin Haktanir

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Shopper and Customer Marketing Executive at Unilever

Furkan Tapsız

Omar Toron new

Financial Analyst at Unilever

Omar Toron

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Corporate Communications, Sustainable Business & and Employee Engagement Senior Specialist Turkey, Central Asia, Iran at Unilever

Eda Ateş Behar

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Consultant at United Work

Çizgi Eryılmaz

Enis Kösem

General Manager, United Work

Enis Kösem

Register Your Interest With Us!

Register your interest or contact our program director Nuha Boğa Çam  embark@gelecekdaha.net 

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