Very special night “Joining hands to make a difference”

On Saturday, April 7th, the American-Turkish Friendship Council organized a cultural gathering “Joining hands to make a difference” to celebrate its Turkish and American partners working to support underprivileged children in both countries.

The evening showcased the Young Guru Academy (YGA), a non-profit organization from Turkey whose mission is to cultivate young, conscientious leaders for the future. YGA’s commitment to people with disabilities has garnered much praise; the organization was awarded the international GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation for designing mobile phone technology to assist the visually impaired. Recently, YGA received the Gold winner for the innovation "We Walk" from 2018 Edison Award in New York on which occasion we congratulate them.

Another ATFC partner, Moving in the Spirit (MIS), also participated in the evening, with students from MIS presenting a modern dance show. MIS is a youth development program that uses the art of dance to transform the lives of children and teens in Atlanta.

In addition, Turkish children from the Turkisch American Cultural Association of Georgia (TACA-GA)performed Turkish folk dances and sang a Turkish song. 

After the dinner, Bill Hart Band along with Ms Sezin Miller performed Turkish Music and International Jazz Music.

The evening of celebration took place at Georgia State University. In addition to introducing the Young Guru Academy (YGA) to Atlantans, the program included a presentation of the ATFC’s ongoing and future projects under Ahmet Bozer, the current president of ATFC. An important goal of the night was to underscore the ATFC’s role in facilitating friendship between the USA and Turkey on a variety of platforms—from education to business and arts. All proceeds from this event will be used to support ATFC's philanthropic activities both in Turkey and in the US.

President Bozer stated: “Fostering friendship across borders is becoming increasingly important in the current global political climate. Joining hands to make a difference brought together NPO’s from Turkey and the United States, to forge strong partnerships to support underprivileged people in both countries. We thank GSU, MiS, YGA, our sponsors, and all of our volunteers in making this night happen. Their efforts will go a long way in making a difference in both countries as well as forging new friendships”

As a non-profit organization, the ATFC is dedicated to promoting collaboration on education and trade, and fostering cultural understanding between the two countries. At the same time, the ATFC acts as a community builder in and around Atlanta by acting as a meeting point for students, entrepreneurs, businessmen, and academics alike. The ATFC prides itself on its diverse group of members united under a common goal: to give back to the community by supporting meaningful projects in the spirit of friendship. The ATFC’s cultural projects include participation in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Annual Winter Wonderland Celebration, the Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland Exhibit, and support of The Atlanta Opera as well as numerous other concert and visual arts venues featuring Turkish artists. Through various events and fundraisers since its inception, the organization was able to raise $700K for its “Change for Life” campaign, which provides scholarships for underprivileged children.


Posted: Fri, Apr 20, 2018