Serra Titiz

Ashoka Fellow
Istanbul, Turkey
Fellow Since 2013


This profile was prepared when Serra Titiz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
While most Turkish youth are taught to refrain from asking questions and passively follow the choices adults make for them, Gelecek Daha Net (The Future is Brighter) envisions young people as self-determined, proactive, and well-informed citizens. The initiative inspires youth with role models, raises awareness of existing social and personal opportunities, encourages them to make choices, and empowers them through a combination of guidance, mentoring, coaching, and skill development services/opportunities.

Gelecek Daha Net adds value to existing services/opportunities by placing them under one initiative. Capitalizing on Turkey’s high Internet penetration, it makes access to opportunities ubiquitous through, a free of charge web platform youth may access anytime and anywhere, regardless of economic or social status. In addition to its web platform and online modules, Gelecek Daha Net facilitates offline forums and workshops countrywide, and is introducing mentoring manuals, handbooks, and training modules to allow high schools and universities to replicate and localize the initiatives.

Gelecek Daha Net leverages the experience, knowledge, skills and networks of hundreds of volunteer role models, professionals, organizations, and companies all over Turkey by providing youth with mentors and training. The exchange is multifold and mutually beneficial. Volunteer mentors and coaches connect to a younger generation and engage in a meaningful social activity, youth receive access to inspiration, experience, knowledge, and guidance from professionals in Turkey’s private sector and civil organizations (COs).
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