enrichment & integration
From the ground floor all the way up, our five-story community center bustles with activity as more than 150 families engage in programs designed around their needs and interests.
I’ve always wanted these [young adults with] promising talents to find a direct link with the outside world by sharing their own point of view, and to express themselves in the way they want the world to see them, and breaking down stereotypes. I believe we’re achieving that through our modest means -film and video making. We’re encouraging them to take notice of how we give meaning to the people and things around us; the progression of feelings. They are discovering what’s behind their emotions in order to create a -meaning. What’s incredibly beautiful is that they’re willing to succeed – they have patience, passion, and perseverance in a huge frame of perspectives.
Founded by students at Vassar College in New York, Conversations Unbound connects native Arabic-speaking tutors from displaced backgrounds with American university students who are studying the Arabic language. The tutors and students connect for online conversation sessions throughout the semester which help the students develop their Arabic speaking skills, engage in cultural exchange, and provide the tutors with supplemental income.
Sponsored by the TAMEB (German-Turkish Partnership for Vocational Skills Development) project, SPI hosts seminars and workshops regularly that discuss with and educate our community about things related to life in Turkey and ways to integrate in the local Istanbul society.
Who said Sundays are only for vacations and sleeping at home?
Here at our community center, every Sunday afternoon we open our doors to welcome children from the community to our math, Turkish literacy and homework clubs.
These clubs are coordinated by our STeam (Sunday Team) and a group of dedicated volunteers.