News — August 22, 2013

Hasibe K??z??lta?? of Turkey selected as one of the 2013 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For her extraordinary work in career support for disabled people, Hasibe K??z??lta?? of Istanbul, Turkey was named a 2013 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.


Starting her career in the corporate world at Sumitomo Corporation, Hasibe K??z??lta?? developed an expertise in the field of human resources and career development. With the desire to use her talents to help others, she researched development activities and career paths available to the disabled within her community. After much research, she found a great inequality of job opportunities and trainings for the disabled. False prejudices and negative attitudes existed in much of the corporate and public sectors concerning disabled persons employment. K??z??lta?? decided to take action to support career growth and development for this part of the population. 


K??z??lta?? founded, Turkey’s first disabled human resources and career portal. Using innovative thinking and her background in employment services, she developed the website into a trusted database with thousands of qualified disabled applicants ready to enter the workforce. The site recruits disabled workers based on their education and potential to succeed in certain environments. K??z??lta?? also gives trainings and seminars to both disabled workers and companies looking to hire them, teaching positive approaches to communication and workplace interaction with handicap workers. 


As a part of her entrepreneurial venture, K??z??lta?? advocates for disabled people to receive equal wages, equal working opportunities and an accepting, encouraging environment when interacting with other workers. She also conducts reintegration programs giving previously unemployed disabled people training on rejoining the workforce. This project has inspired other young active citizens to conduct similar trainings and awareness campaigns for disabled persons in the corporate and civil sectors of their society. 




JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.


These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2013 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2013 JCI TOYP Honorees Friday, November 8 at the 2013 JCI World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a sustainable global impact.


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Krissy Durant, Membership Services Director, JCI (Junior Chamber International)


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