This profile was prepared when Abdullah Oskay was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
Abdullah is building an empowerment path for youth from state institutions to integrate with society as equal citizens, to develop essential life skills and ultimately become leaders and participants in social change. He is also intervening at Turkey’s closed and problematic orphanage and state childcare system by implementing model projects, by building the capacities of strategically important NGOs and by guiding government institutions in their policymaking processes. In doing so, he is not only bringing full citizenship to a strategically important group that has faced systematic discrimination, but he is also presenting a method to fight social exclusion for all marginalized youth groups.
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