Civil Life Association
Sivil Yaşam Derneği
Civil Life Association (CLA) is a totally youth-led association established in Bursa in 2013. The main goal of organization is to convey young people's problems and needs to decision-makers, to ensure the development of the personality and leadership skills of young people and to increase the involvement of youth in decision-making process. CLA has local branches in 21 cities of Turkey, and has thousands of volunteers actively participate in events. Since its establishment in apolitical line, there have been purely scientific and evidence-based practices carried out, the association serves as a platform for youth where they can express themselves, test their decisions, and realize their potential leadership skills.
CLA governs Local Committees in cities and the Board of Directors at the national level. All internal and external governance system is based on the United Nations’ simulation, which allows youth to become familiar with mechanisms of international platforms. CLA is active in major policy areas which is studied under the title of youth policy. In this context, there are 6 working groups which are designed according to National-Policy Document of Ministry of Youth and Sports. These in greater detail are also designated with regards to in European Commission Youth Working Group and the European Youth Forum.
To be able to take part in CLA's National structure it is required for candidate to be between 16-29 years old. The associations’ age condition serves as protection of young people's freewill from the effect of adults. Under these working groups, CLA realizes educational modules, organizes national projects, meetings and youth summits, takes part in different national and international platforms and coordinates with different civil society organizations to bring the principles advocated into the life. In this context, the educational modules of CLA are applied with peer-education techniques, and brought to thousands of young people.