Young Society Leaders


Launched by The American Turkish Society in 2011, the Young Society Leaders (YSL) is a program that convenes a select, diverse group of the American-Turkish community’s most outstanding young leaders, in their 30s and 40s. Accomplished in their fields of business, law, medicine, journalism, academia, and the arts, these dedicated individuals are committed to an improved future of U.S.-Turkish business, diplomatic, and cultural ties. 

Specifically, the YSL program has three main objectives:

  • To build a diverse community of peers by engaging Young Society Leaders into networks and processes that would build the standing of the American-Turkish community (comprised of individuals based in Turkey and in the United States, Turkish-Americans, and Americans affiliated with Turkey).
  • To nurture and support the next generation of leaders for The American Turkish Society and the community at large through personal experiences and mentorships that build knowledge and engender a better understanding of the global, regional, and industry agendas.
  • To positively impact issues that matter to the American-Turkish community by engaging Young Global Leaders in taskforces related to specific challenges they have identified collectively.

The mission of the Young Society Leaders at the American Turkish Society focuses on transforming the Turkish American identity into a unique advantage. Our goal is to empower members to utilize their heritage as a distinctive asset. Through various initiatives, including networking platforms, mentorship, cultural exchanges, and community engagement, we strive to create a vibrant environment where Turkish American professionals can flourish, connect, and excel. Our dedication is to make the Turkish American experience not only a heritage but also a crucial asset for personal and professional success.

As of 2024, the YSL program has welcomed more than 200 members into its community, each of whom is accomplished in their respective fields, and committed to strengthening the American-Turkish community.

Any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Orcun Dogancali, Executive Director of the Society or Yetkin Yuce, YSL Community Leader

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