One of the impacts of the Memory Walks can be observed on young volunteers who participate in these events. Young volunteers are introduced to memory studies, research and share Istanbul’s silenced stories and learn about Turkey’s recent past. They also learn about/work on dealing with the past in Turkey and around the world, in addition to academicians and NGOs who focus on collective memory. Moreover, thanks to different workshops and training sessions, they get acquainted with non-formal education, acquire presentation skills, improve their academic research skills, learn about how to convey information to and teach others, and make new friends.
Memory Journey gives inspiration to other programs in different universities. In 2016, Memory Walks were included in the syllabus of the course “Writing, Truth, Falsification” offered at the University of Sydney. Okan University offered the Yeldeğirmeni Memory Walks program as part of the “Minority Rights” course to the students of the International Relations Program. In 2017, the Sulukule Volunteers’ Association joined the Memory Journey together with children and created a new route titled Sulukule-Karagümrük Exploration Journey. Lastly, Istanbul Bilgi University, together with students of the Media and Communications Department prepared the Cağaloğlu Memory Walk.