Turkish Humphrey Alumni Association and YES Alumni Association of Turkey (The Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program) collaborated for a special mentorship program managed by YES Alumni Association of Turkey, held in the premises of the U.S. Ambassador Residence and sponsored by U.S. Embassy Ankara. This Project with the contribution of Humphrey Alumni is intended to honor and celebrate 40 years of H.H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in Turkey as an U.S. Exchange Program.


The mentorship program is designed to assist YES Alumni members as mentees to enhance their personal and professional development qualities and to help them develop their full potentials. Humphrey Alumni members who are experienced and accomplished professionals in their respective fields shared their experiences and life wisdom with mentees as their mentors. Two skill development modules of project cycle management and networking skills are also included in the program plan to enhance and develop mentees’ overall performance and capacity. The program was carried out between the 8th of December, 2018 and the 16th of March, 2019 in Ankara.  

The program was facilitated by an experienced trainer, Isıl Taysever who provided introductory remarks and explainations on key aspects of mentoring process and networking principles and guided the participants throughout the program. Project Cycle Management training module on the 2nd of March is conducted by Humphrey Alumna Hulya Gunaydın (The American University, 1989-90) and Humphrey Alumnas Serpil Senelt (Cornell University,1992-93) and Aysegul Cerci (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2004-05) also shared their project management experiences as real life examples with YES participants.     


During the program, many lifelong connections were made, many professional prospects and choices have been discussed and some internship opportunities offered as well as friendships established between Humphrey (10) and YES Alumni (15) members. We believe both alumni participants learned a lot from each other and understood each other’s perspectives better on many aspects of life and career. It has been a fun and incredible learning journey for all of us. We would like to thank U.S. Embassy Ankara, particularly to Cultural Affairs Department for their sponsorship and for their invaluable support and guidance on managing the program.