In late July, a Turkish government agency announced a multi-day lobbying workshop in Washington for young people of Turkish origin living in the US and Canada. According to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities website:
July 27, 2002 Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) organizes the “Diaspora Advocacy Academy” program to train young people who will consciously defend the rights of the Turkish community in the USA and Canada. The program also aims to create a strong bond between Turkish youth living in the USA and Canada. Successful Turkish youth who will participate in the program will receive seminars from experts and academics in many fields, especially advocacy and lobbying. The Academy, which will be held interactively, aims to increase the awareness of youth living in the USA and Canada on advocacy and lobbying, and to enable the Turkish society to defend their rights more consciously. Visit to the White House as part of the Program Besides the seminars, young participants; White House, US Congress, World Bank, IMF, US State Department etc. He will also visit important US institutions. Successful young people between the ages of 20–30 will be accepted to the academy. “Diaspora Advocacy Academy” will be held in Washington between 24–29 September 2022.
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The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (Turkish: Yurtdışı Türkler ve Akraba Topluluklar Başkanlığı; YTB) is a part of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The YTB describes its mission as coordinating activities for and strengthening economic, social, and cultural relations with Turks living abroad and related communities and managing the Türkiye Scholarship Program. YTB President Abdullah Eren has called its alumni organizations a “serious instrument” in the fight against Fethullah Gülen, who Turkey blames for the 2016 coup.