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.
Play For a Day
video production workshop
Run by three volunteers with backgrounds in photography and videography, 12 students gain the technical skills to shoot and edit their own short films. The finished shorts will be screened in Turkey and abroad, to allow participants the opportunity to self-represent. The intended outcome of the program is youth development through the building of confidence, teamwork, communication, responsibility, and respect for one another.
"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.”
field trips & excursions
football & field games
Capoeira is provided in partnership with the organization Capoeira4Refugees which brings fun, exercise and release to children and youth. Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines dance, rhythm, and movement as a form of dialogue between players - a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. It is a program much loved by the children who participate.
kids' fun time
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.