Aylin is an architecture graduate and is currently doing her master's at the Yıldız Technical University, majoring in Regional Planning. After volunteering as the Art Director at Istanbul&I, Aylin took over the Communication Coordinator position. “Office Renovation” and “Iftar & Community” were just a few of her first volunteering projects and she soon became a regular at the Yedikule Animal Shelter and Sokak Lambası. As a self-taught embroiderer, she has her brand and works on every aspect of the process. During her hobbyist-to-entrepreneur journey, she improved her digital marketing and business management skills. She is also freelancing as a content creator for social media.
Here’s her response to “why do you volunteer at Istanbul&I?”
I believe in the power of community service and making a positive impact on people's lives. Volunteering allows me to use my skills and time to help others, while also gaining valuable experience and knowledge. Through my volunteer work in Istanbul&I, I have improved myself as a leader by learning how to communicate effectively with others, manage projects, and solve problems. I have also honed my creativity by coming up with new ideas and approaches to help the community. Overall, volunteering in Istanbul&I has not only allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others but has also helped me grow and develop as a person, both as a leader and a creator.
“Working with Aylin couldn't be more perfect, I worked with her when she just joined the NGO as an Art Director on the "Office Renovation Project". Seeing her dedication and efforts as a new volunteer made me excited for what's next, I was happy when she was elected as the Communication Coordinator. She always pushed the Events team to submit the briefs on time and showed us a lot of support. Aylin was like a support system for me and my team, and I couldn't be more thankful for her and her efforts.” - Zainab, ex Events Coordinator