Training students to become leaders and innovators in accessibility and inclusion
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“A volunteering programme fostering civil society culture, with diverse perspectives, is a great asset.” Baris Oktay, Campus of Colours graduate and a DADER volunteer
Degistiren Adimlar Dernegi (DADER), an NGO based in Istanbul, runs the nationwide Campus of Colours programme, which aims to raise socially responsible leaders among high school and university students, both with and without disabilities. Campus of Colours teaches various skills focused on diversity and inclusion. More than 400 participants took part between 2015 and 2023, of whom 35 per cent have a disability and 60 per cent are female. Projects of Campus of Colours graduates have won numerous awards.
Turkey’s young people with disabilities lack equal access to educational programmes for future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Campus of Colours is a free educational programme run by Degistiren Adimlar Dernegi (DADER) – an NGO based in Turkey – to raise socially responsible leaders and social impact entrepreneurs among students with and without disabilities. The programme consists of about 20 modules focusing on social awareness, personal development, career preparation, social value creation, and leadership skills. Mentors and experts support the programme participants. There are similar programmes for young people in Turkey, but none of them include participants with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds. Graduates form an alumni group and volunteer to mentor trainees, extended team members, and DADER board members. As of 2023 more than 100 DADER members and alumni were organized as Campus of Colours volunteers. The programme is currently active in 25 universities and 45 high schools and has worked with 30+ NGOs and 25 sponsor companies. A 2020 social impact analysis among alumni confirmed that 83 per cent engaged with the NGO space after graduating, and 55 per cent benefitted from the career support. Many accessibility and inclusion projects have been founded by graduates of Campus of Colours, for instance, BlindLook and Erisilebilir Her Sey (Accessible All Things).
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Campus of Colours is funded through donations, corporate sponsorships, and fundraising events, with a network of graduates and volunteers supporting its work. The programme aims to expand from 13 cities in 2023 to at least 25 in the medium term. (Awardee 2024)