We target young women of modest means who have been limited in opportunities by socio-economic circumstance. Many are the first in their families to achieve higher education.
The Turkish Women’s Initiative (TWI) provides innovative, practical, and sustainable leadership programs for girls and women.
When women develop leadership skills, believe in their own self-empowerment, and can demonstrate new expressions of courage and resilience, they serve as important role models for their families and communities.
Through educational leadership opportunities that promote economic independence and civic engagement, we strengthen the potential of girls and women to become active, responsible and productive members of their societies. In so doing, they advance society’s growth and prosperity.
Since its launch in 2009, TWI’s learning-by-doing learning programs have changed the lives not only of the Turkish university women it serves, but by extension thousands of other women, men, and children (and counting).
With a solid model and successes now established, we are working to expand. Our intent is to make our programs available to more women in Turkey and beyond.
TWI now has IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status.
Your donation is fully tax deductible.
What makes us unique
We promote self-development and skill sets that build leaders who can adapt to today’s diverse and changing work and social environments.
Because leadership develops over time and with experience, our flagship Sparks programs occur over an eight-month period.
Our programs are needs based, flexible, and culturally sensitive. Results are tangible and measurable.
Through social change projects, participants develop awareness of community issues and needs. Then, in teams, they take action to achieve sustainable differences.
Experiential learning moves from the classroom to the community. Participants gain exposure to leaders of professions including business, nonprofits, government, and the arts.