#MEWESYRIA IN TURKEY

 

Thanks to support from Germany, #MeWeSyria is planting its seed in Turkey with a partnership with DARB-SY, a community-building organization. I am leading training of trainers sessions with adult and youth mentors and social innovators. The trainees, with Darb’s support, will then replicate the #MeWeSyria program in Turkey for refugee youth. Each day has shown extraordinary breakthrough moments for increasing spaces of self expression, pluralism, creative enterprise and social changemaking. I am so excited to have found such inspiring and passionate peace-builders and youth advocates with DARB. There is so much to share, but in the meantime here are some visual updates of #MeWeSyria and DARB in action:

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Sustainability and Equipment: Donation of the #MeWeSyria toolkit, (thanks Germany)

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The adult and youth community-builders of DARB. This team are changemakers who will localize and replicate #MeWeSyria.

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Changemaker deep-dives. We explore and define pathways critical for thriving in the new framework of a world where change is the only constant. Here we explore the need to equip young people with opportunities to practice building a team of teams and fluid leadership and changemaking.  Ashoka’s Youth Venture has been leading such work with the youth ecosystem for years. 

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Some of the Syrian trainees made rules for creating a safe space.

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Video-blogging opens up self-reflection, critical thinking and self-expression: A breakththrough moment is using storytelling and communication as a tool for changemaker discoveries. The exercise–which trainees will replicate with youth– will also open spaces for building confidence, expressing their inner-changemakers /ideas, and peer-to-peer cognitive empathy.

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Animation and camera work to express ideas and messages. This builds team of teams, fluid leadership and 21st skills in using new media. 

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Script and storyboard design focused on changemaking and youth-led social innovation and community-building.

More to come!!

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