Abdullah OSKAY

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2015


This profile was prepared when Abdullah OSKAY was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Abdullah has established It’s Your Life Youth Academy, which enables youth from state childcare institutions to thrive in life by building a success pathway and a support ecosystem so that all orphans can live in healthy family environments and have opportunities to realize their full potentials in life.

The academy functions as a platform where youth and children from state institutions can integrate with other youth, develop professional and life skills and practice active citizenship firsthand. It is also a source of expertise and guidance for professional groups, NGOs and government agencies that have critical importance for its target group – such as associations of social workers, organizations established by and for individuals with orphanage experiences and associations of foster families - supplying them with important information, know-how and strategic direction to make their interventions more impactful.

Intervening at the problem on individual, institutional and societal levels, Abdullah is empowering individual youth to become changemakers, enabling key civil society organizations to develop more impactful projects and programs and finally, encouraging government institutions to develop effective strategies, policies and adopt good models to transform Turkey’s state care institutions and orphanages.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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