Needs, problems and requests of young responsible leaders of local TOG youth organizations present in different regions of Turkey have been discussed and evaluated in Key Training Meeting which was held in Istanbul from 15 to 17 October 2010. It is a good time to make a general picture on the occasion of the opening of the year that so many new projects are about to begin.
The key training system of TOG divides into 5 training sessions, marked by different colors depending on the theme and content, in which young people (community volunteers) can be informed of various concepts and come together on common issues. Yellow Key, which is an introduction to Tog, an orientation provided by Tog Field department; the other 3 trainings are provided by Tog Training department: Blu key, civil society and volunteerism; Red key, project management and Green key, team working in voluntary projects. The system is completed by White key, which can only be obtained through volunteering in sustainable projects.
The first day of meeting began debating matters related to youth employment issues, and youth trainers of the Tog Field department have illustrated how, in that way, Training department can support the training responsible of TOG youth organizations clarifying the necessary tools to organize the work in effective way. They were also describing the functions and work in Tog Training department.
“Training Responsible” has been instead the central theme of the second day. Divided into groups, youth leaders have defined the concept of responsibility in the projects and the preparation of the work. It was also decided to create a database with details of the projects and the dates of the volunteers who participate.
Space to the opinion, needs and requires have been fulfilled on the final day of meeting. Various matters have been discussed by young responsible leaders. They have complained about an important logistical problem of the lack of space to use for the doing the trainings; as the administration of the universities mostly appear reluctant for giving the classrooms. It is also discussed of how to attract volunteers for the trainings, and many have found themselves agree to use social networks to give visibility to the meetings and events that are organized, and the useful of creating a system of mail-letters to involve more effectively the other young people.
Finally, once again, community volunteers found themselves in agreement on the need to organize and participate in the evaluation 5 Key Training System meetings every year.
In short, full and willing, the young people of the many associations that swarm in the country can begin the TOG year prepared and encouraged to a new season full of surprises and projects.