TOG in the words of Community Volunteer youth

When talking about TOG to someone who has never heard of it before, or when trying to recruit volunteers, I can quite confidently tell them, “Would you like to create visible change in your life?”

Salih Beyazıtoğlu, Graduate Volunteer, Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey University Community Volunteers Group

TOG PRINCIPLES

In line with the principles of Respect for Differences, Transparency and Accountability, Local Participation, Teamwork, Lifelong Learning and Entrepreneurship, Community Volunteer youth carry out social responsibility projects, under the leadership of young people, and the guidance of adults.

RESPECT FOR DIFFERENCES

To work as a team for solving social problems with a consciousness of equality, cognizant that differences are our social richness.

LIFELONG LEARNING

To be open to innovation, feedback, change and continuous improvement

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The culture of sharing all studies and their content, experiences, know-how, processes, the way the donations and budget are managed, and all material and immaterial output with stakeholders in a clear, open and understandable fashion.

TEAMWORK

To identify problems together, plan responsibilities for activities together, provide regular information and feedback, adopt the approach “for all of us, all together”

LOCAL PARTICIPATION

To identify local needs, contact local residents, and encourage their participation in projects and resource support with as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. To enhance locals’ sense of ownership of projects by raising their awareness and thus ensuring the sustainability of projects

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

To pass into action. To take initiative. To implement projects with a holistic consideration of their social, economic and environmental dimensions

WE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING GOOD

TOG aims to achieve social peace by creating social change, with the contributions of self-confident, entrepreneurial and conscious Community Volunteer youth who are capable of formulating solutions for the problems around them.
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FROM PAST TO PRESENT, COMMUNITY VOLUNTERRS

2002

Establishment of Community Volunteers Foundation!

Establishment of Community Volunteers Foundation!

60 young individuals from 25 universities in 18 provinces participated in the I. Youth Council held even before the foundation was officially established. Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) was founded on December 29, 2002 under the leadership of the youth and the guidance of adults.

The first issue of TOGSes (TOG Voice) was published on a single page.

In the first TOG Attack, Community Volunteer youth worked to improve the physical conditions of a village school in Eskişehir, thereby laying the foundations of today’s mass youth movement.

2003

The Youth Expresses Itself at Youth Councils!

TOG Youth Councils became well-established. Each council started being hosted by a TOG community.

At the I. Field Needs Analysis Meeting, the participating youth expressed their need for training, which gave birth to the Key Training program.

TOG Field Department was created. Samsun Pinhole Youth Center opened its doors.

TOG Office moved from Kavacık to Altunizade.

2004

Young Individuals Empowered With “5 Keys”!

With the addition of the Yellow Key TOG Orientation and the White Key, the 5 Keys System was created.

Ankara Coordination Center was inaugurated.

First Seasonal Summer Project took place in Doğubeyazıt, Ağrı.

TOG initiated the Democracy and Our Rights Program, and Human Rights Training Program.

TOG conducted its first international project.

The Kind Hearts Store was inaugurated.

 

2005

Youth Join the Board of Directors!

The youth created a list at the TOG 5. Youth Council, whereby 8 Community Volunteer youth made it to the board of directors, for the first time. The continuation of this practice helped create a new mechanism for youth participation.

The first “We Are Reading Books” event was held in multiple cities at the same time.

Trainers got together at the I. Key Refreshing meeting.

TOG held Organization Management Training Programs.

TOG Training Department was created.

2006

Youth Learn From Each Other!

Regional Needs Analysis Meetings were organized. Young individuals living in nearby cities got together and shared their event experiences in these meetings.

İstanbul Bilgi University and TOG joined forces to establish the Youth Studies Unit at the university.

TOG Projects Department was founded. The department started to coordinate network projects. Small Steps for a Big Tomorrow Project was initiated.

2007

Youth Support Gender Equality!

The 4. Field Needs Analysis Meeting was held. The youth proposed affirmative action measures designed to uphold gender equality, and these were accepted at the meeting.

Coming together at the 1. Coordination Meeting, coordinators exchanged ideas to manage the upcoming season with more efficiency.

The first edition of the Living Library Project was organized.

The first TOG Bazaar event was organized by TOG Social Committee members.

TOG initiated the Youth and Social Rights Project. The board game Life is Hard! was popularized across Social Rights Cafés.

2008

Community Volunteer Youth Change and Create Change!

At the 3. Coordination Meeting, it was decided that future TOG Youth Councils would be organized around specific themes, and that each year’s theme would be determined by the youth.

At the first edition of the Training Officers Meeting, training officers came together to learn from each other and share their experiences.

At the 11. Youth Council, the senate was abolished by a decision of the participating youth.

Personal development training programs dubbed “Bending Time” were organized.

Youth Studies and Social Relations Department was established.

Global Relations Department was created.

 

2008

Community Volunteers Run for Philanthropy!

TOG organized its first run for philanthropy in cooperation with the Adım Adım running team.

Field Officers System was created to offer the youth a new platform for learning and empowerment.

TOG issued the results of the University Youth’s Needs Survey.

The Youth who participated in the 13. Youth Council set the theme of the year as “Youth Participation”, and created a Theme Coordination Team.

The 14. Youth Council came up with the Alternative Youth Week project.

Young Field Project was carried out.

The first edition of the exhibition Masculinity is an Exception was held.

TOG joined the Advisory Council for the European Council.

2010

A Little Support is Enough to Change Lives; the Youth Are Worth It!

TOG initiated the Youth Are Worth It! Campaign.

Pink House and Pinhole Youth Centers became Eurodesk contact points.

TOG released the results of its Impact Research.

TOG opened its Facebook page.

TOG became a member of Public Spending Monitoring Platform.

 

2011

Gender Equality Efforts Gain Steam!

Work started on gender mainstreaming activities.

At the end of the Chairperson’s term of office, the co-chair system was established.

Gender training programs were organized with young women.

Young Science Ambassadors Project was initiated.

TOG carried out the campaign Young, Not Late!

The project “12 Celebrity Homes by 12 Architects” was conducted.

2012

Community Volunteers Foundation Turns Ten!

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TOG issued the documentary TOG Turns Ten which narrates stories of change and transformation featuring Community Volunteer youth.

TOG released the findings of its University Youth’s Right of Expression and Association survey.

At the 20. Youth Council Youth Gathering, Community Volunteer youth held a rally on İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul.

TOG published the book “Face to Face with 100 Faces”, where young individuals held interviews with celebrities.

TOG submitted its proposals for the draft constitution.

2013

A New Field System!

Organization Support Officers Initiation Training Program was held.

Key Training Programs were replaced with Contact Training Programs.

2014

Community Volunteer Youth Empowered through Training!

Thematic training packages were designed on the subjects of Discrimination, Peace and Gender.

TOG conducted the Work with Children Training Program.

At the 23. Youth Council, the TOG Board of Directors list was created online for the first time.

Youth Scholarship Fund for Soma was created.

Living Library Capacity Development Program was implemented.

Youth Studies and Policies Department was established.

2015

Who are Community Volunteer Youth?

TOG issued the findings of its Youth Profile Survey.

The youth came together at eight TOG Attack projects and 5 Seasonal Summer Projects.

A youth organization was represented in the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth.

Field Internship Program was set up.

TOG Youth Support Department was established.

2016

Community Volunteers Foundation Turns 15!

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DenizBank became a solution partner of Community Volunteers Foundation.

The now traditional TOG Bazaar was organized for the 10th time.

In collaboration with Most Production, young individuals were featured in the TV series Hayat Şarkısı, and had a dinner with the actresses and actors.

Ankara, Diyarbakır and Hatay/Kırıkhan TOG Youth Centers opened their doors.

TOG held the Rights-Based Work with Children Training Program.

TOG broke its record in the Vodafone 38. İstanbul Marathon in terms of participating runners and donations collected.

2017

We are Here in the Name of Youth Power!

Community Volunteers Foundation launched its new projects in the name of youth who change the world with their immense power to do good.