GSM Youth Services Centre

National Network
Turkey
Address

Bayındır sok. 45/9 Kızılay 06640 Ankara
Ankara/
Turkey

Telephone
+903124171124
Fax
+903124258192
E-Mail
oykum@gsm-youth.org
Organisation Type
Private Company
Year of Establishment
1985
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Environment/Sustainable development
  3. Human rights
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Research
  6. Youth and education
General Information
GSM-Youth Services Centre was established in 1987 in Ankara Turkey as a firm which has been working on the youth field as a non profit youth organization. Until the beginning of 2005 all its activities have been realized under the statue of firm but on 26th January 2005 GSM changed its statue into non-profit limited company. (Please see enclosed the official decision taken by the board about its being non-profit). GSM first started to organize social and cultural activities for the young people at the local level and has been organizing international youth activities for over 18 years. Since 1987, GSM actively follows and participates in the developments in youth work under Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and also played a very active role in the establishment of international networks aiming to promote youth cooperation in Euro-Mediterranean partnership such as Y.E.S-Youth Exchange and Solidarity-Euro-Med and the Mediterranean Youth Forum. As a founder member of the Mediterranean Youth Forum in Turkey, GSM has taken the initiative to inform the young people and the youth organizations about the Euro-Med Youth Action Program when it was launched in 1998. In order to serve this aim, our project coordinators on a voluntary basis organized a series of seminars in different cities of Turkey in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission to Turkey. GSM's main sources of funding are workcamp registration fees, public national and international (EC,YiA,BC,World Bank etc.) grants. GSM has long lasting partnerships in Europe through its experience of workcamps and international projects over many years.
Mission and Objectives

The main aim of GSM is to bring Turkish youth to international platforms, help them meet with different cultures and to support the development of a common understanding and tolerance among young people.

Main Projects / Activities

Get Information Go In Action To Europe: (Contract No: 29.06.2007/DELTUR/2007/141374): The aim of the project is with the title of representation of Turkish young people; to reveal young people’s needs, expectations and also thoughts and prejudices about European Union with the supports of information systems. By means of the peer education Turkish young people will have the chance to know better about EU and action plans of EU for young people.(In partnership with Lunaria from Italy.)
“Youth Post” Youth Information and Youth Media Portal: YouthPost is a new youth portal that includes various subjects related to youth in Turkey, such as youth policy, youth work etc. The basic objective of YouthPost is to create a framework in order to integrate youth policy in Turkey and develop a virtual network that would enable young people reach all sorts of information about youth issues in a compact and accessible format. (In partnership with British Council and UNDP)
YIB - YOUTH INFO BRIDGE (www.yib.gen.tr)
YIB is a youth project designed and implemented by British Council-Ankara and GSM-Youth Services Centre. The project, which the pilot phase has started in September 2003 and continued until April 2004, is composed of a web page serving for young people and the youth organisations and the other NGOs organising projects for young people in Turkey. The web site was visited by 2 million people in a year.
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY WORKCAMPS
These small scale thematic youth projects have been organizing since 1989 in cooperation with municipalities, universities, governmental institutions and other NGOs. The workcamps enable young people from different countries to come together and exchange ideas while engaging in a public beneficiary projects.
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS REALIZED BY EU AND/OR COE FUNDING:
Training Courses, Seminars, Study Visits and Youth Exchanges. Since 1995, GSM actively follows and participates in the developments in youth work under Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and GSM has been organizing and participating several youth projects supported by Council of Europe and European Commission through the Euro-Med Youth Action Program.
THE EUROPEAN YOUTH FESTIVAL (1999-2002, Ankara / TURKEY)
The project was financially supported by European Commission. The European Youth Festival that has been organized for the 4th and the last time in 2002 was a unique and probably the biggest annual youth gathering in Europe. The Festival has been launched in the year 1999 and organized annually until the year 2002.

Contact (1) Full Name
Oykum Bagci
Head of the organisation
Mehmet Arslan
Contact (2) Full Name
Cicek Sahin