Explain what the "innovation" is about, e.g., is it the idea and/or the model you use to accomplish the idea, or your understanding of the target population, etc.?
The innovation is the creation of an interactive website where health professionals, relative NGOs, young people who had a formation about general health issues provide consultancy service to youth. In Turkey, young people constitutes 25% of whole population. This group is not provided with health education at schools and the health literacy among young people is low. At the same time, social media are very popular among young people and can be used in an effective way to raise awerness and provide information related to general health issues. Avalaible health services are not youth friendly, and young people have difficulties to reach health information. That's why, it is important to create a tool which encourage them to take care of their health, especially in reproductive health.
Created website will also provide a network of different stakeholders such as NGOs, health sector companies, internet press about health, health professionals and Ministery of Health and young people. Also, there will be a space dedicated to young people's ideas: they will be able to present their ideas and look for mentors and sponsors.
Describe how your innovation model is distinct from any other organization in your field?
Community Volunteer Foundation is a foundation that contributes to the personal development of young people through encouraging them to participate to the social responsibility projects as volunteers. Every year the Foundation supports the realization of over 980 projects and activities implemented by about 40,000 young people in over 120 university clubs. İn Turkey other NGOs working on health issues have limited access to young people, so when they want to reach youngsters we serve as contact point. With the help of youth friendly website, all these stakeholders will reach young people directly. There is no online platform that allows young people to match their projects ideas with mentors and sponsors.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Community Volunteers Foundation has been working last ten years engaging young people and helping them to develop social responsibility projects. Numerous volunteers working in the field, experience gained while implementing health literacy project and delivering trainings taught us what the young people' s needs are in the field of health. We are also knowledgeable and committed to working with young people. On the other hand, all health sector will have a chance to be an actor of this platform.
How do you make sure you constantly innovate in light of (potential) external challenges, or your growth plan?
CVF/TOG was founded by young people for young people. All activities, programs are developed in the answer to the young people needs.We are open to innovation and ready to adapt to changing demands, needs and other external factors. As young people will have a significant role in creating the content and activities, we think they will provide innovative solution and make the model attractive for this target group.