Background:

Embark grew as a unique partnership between Xynteo, Unilever Turkey, United Work and Gelecek Daha Net (GDN) in 2017. Our programs are implemented by GDN in Turkey. GDN increases the employability of young people in Turkey through online and offline services empowering young people. Services vary from online mentoring, coaching, training, 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.

 

What is reverse mentoring?

Reverse mentoring subverts the traditional way we think about mentorship. At its core is the belief that senior leaders have much to learn from young people with fresh insights who are often at the forefront of cultural and technological change. The practice has been adopted recently by companies such as Microsoft, Mastercard, and General Electric to give senior leaders a better understanding of generational or gender-based differences in technology, culture, values, motivation, and skills. We have learned through Embark that there is also incredible value in pairing people with different cultural backgrounds or life experiences to challenge assumptions and build bridges.

 

How does it work? 

Each round of mentoring pairs young refugee mentors with business leaders who match their field of interest. Together each pair agrees on their objectives and meeting agenda, then engages in a series of mostly face-to-face conversations over three months. Evaluations of past cohorts found that:

  • Embark helps refugee mentors gain new soft skills, develop career plans and receive support for personal growth; feel empowered to start their own business; and, in many cases, secure jobs.
  • Meanwhile, business leader mentees deepen their understanding of the refugee demographics, improve their strategy for recruiting overlooked talent, and learn about new tech, trends, and social media.

Why Join Embark?

Businesses: Gain meaningful perspectives and awareness about how to tap into an overlooked talent segment and provide better services to this large and diverse demographic.
Governments and CSOs: Support pathways for refugee job seekers to gain work experience and guidance, and help reverse the narrative about refugees as a burden for host communities.
WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Twitter: @EmbarkMentors

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

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Project Coordinator at GDN

Genar Ersoy

Rabaa Biry

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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

Register Your Interest With Us!

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