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Youth policy is a comprehensive collection of institutional mechanisms for governmental care for youth. During the third module, the 15th generation of the Institute’s Learn, Think and Act! training for youth leaders talked about current mechanisms and their implementation in different communities.

Through interactive work, non-formal education methods and experiential learning, the participants learned about mechanisms set out in the Youth Law of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth Law of Brčko District, and Law on Youth Organizing of Republika Srpska.

“The third module was the best so far. The topic was very comprehensive and complex, and this module gave me the encouragement I needed to continue with my work. I realized that as a young person I have many rights that are unfortunately not respected, but I was also taught how to work on it in the future and improve the position of youth in my local community. Some things will take a while to fall into place, but I’ll try to start now so I can implement some things before the fourth module”, said Sara Međić, a participant from Maglaj.

To show our young participants and future leaders the role of youth officers as an important mechanism of youth policy, we organized “Coffee Time With… Amra Bojičić, Youth Officer from the Ilidža Municipality and Lejla Abazović, Youth Officer of the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton. They were happy to share their experience, knowledge and motivation with these young people, who were very interested to learn more and had a lot of questions.

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“Seeing first-hand who youth officers are and how they work was very interesting and useful to me. They have us some motivating suggestions and advice about how we, as future leaders, can help our peers. I wish I had more opportunities to talk to people who are taking steps to actually change something”, said Nermin Topovčić from Banja Luka.

The third module was held from February 6th to 8th, 2020, at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža.

More than 300 young people completed the UMiD training, and this generation is the 15th. The generation consists of 25 young people from 21 local communities from across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The training UMiD Learn, Think and Act! is an officially recognized form of non-formal education that provides youth with various competencies that will make them competitive on the labor market and the program comprises seminars, practical exercises and voluntary work.

All participants grow into active citizens who take the necessary steps to change the society they live in, assert their opinions and actively participate in decision-making in their communities.

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Ismar Lačević is the young entrepreneur behind Adam - a digital alternative to the conventional printed business card. Adam is more than a digital business card - it’s the digital counterpart of the conventional concept of exchanging business cards. It renders physical copies of business cards redundant by storing all business cards into an app.

In addition to being innovative, Ismar notes that the Adam card is environmentally friendly as it eliminates the need to use physical copies of business cards. Adam is not limited geographically - it’s available worldwide. One of the main goals going forward is programming the app to network bundle several cards, such as parking cards, loyalty cards, key cards, into one.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH is supporting the development of Adam card, which is expected to launch within the next month.
“With the support we received from the Institute we managed to overcome the last few obstacles and accelerate the launch so that our customers, whether companies or individuals, have access to Adam as soon as possible”, said Ismar.

More information about the Adam card is available on their website:https://www.projectadam.io/

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Young people in the Federation of BiH may soon have a new body that will advocate for better programs and youth policies, and by doing so contribute to improving the lives of young people in BiH. This initiative will be spearheaded by the Youth Council of BiH, and the Institute for Youth Development KULT will provide financial and advisory support in this process.

Today, the Youth Council of FBiH and the Institute signed an agreement to implement the project Council for Youth - Strengthening mechanisms for youth participation in decision-making processes in FBiH. The project will advocate for the founding of a Council for Youth, as stipulated in the Youth Law of FBiH.

“This mechanism, although stipulated as mandatory under the Youth Law, has yet to be implemented, and the Youth Council of FBiH seed this as an opportunity to strengthen the involvement of youth in decision-making processes”, said Jasmina Banjalučkić, General Secretary of the Youth Council of FBiH.

The Council for Youth is a body that should include representatives of all ministries in the FBiH Government whose purview includes youth, and representatives of youth named by the Youth Council of FBiH, in equal numbers.

“It’s important to have an equal ratio of youth and government representatives so that young people can have an opportunity to share a space with decision-makers and directly advocate for youth policies and programs, without being outvoted to start with”, says Jasmina.

Republika Srpska already has a Council for Youth, as do other countries in the region. However, for the Council to bring about change youth can see it needs to be functional and youth need to proactively advocate for the programs they need. In addition to this advocacy platform, the Council will also be in charge of overseeing the implementation of the Youth Law in FBiH, and evaluating current youth policies and programs.

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Pollution in the capital of BiH, and other cities has been hazardous for days now, and BiH cities are among the most polluted in the world. For 6 ut of the last 7 days the air in Sarajevo was hazardous, and for the 1 remaining day it was rated as very unhealthy. This is the data from air pollution monitors available on the online platform of EkoAkcija.

Air quality index has to be between 0 and 50 to not be harmful for the health of the population. On January 11, the air quality index was 486 and in the last month the index was rated good only once.

This disconcerting data and the obvious pollution led youth to take action and speak up about pollution in Sarajevo. During the module Civil activism and volunteering within the training for youth leaders “Learn, Think and Act!” conducted by the Institute for Youth Development KULT with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, youth from various parts of BiH took to the streets to hand out masks to passers-by. It’s interesting to note that pharmacies did not have enough masks in stock.

“As soon as I arrived in Sarajevo, I immediately saw for myself what the entire country has been talking about. I encourage the government in Sarajevo to do their utmost to solve this problem, both for the sake of their citizens’ health, and the city’s reputation. Some of the solutions I’d suggest would be promoting the use of electric cars, creating more green spaces, planting trees and having more stringent rules when it comes to technical inspections of vehicles”, said Nermin Topovičić from Banja Luka. Robert Ružnić from Bihać added that it only took a short walk for him to notice how polluted Sarajevo air was compared to Bihać, and that it made it hard to breathe.

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As a senior of a medical high school in Tuzla, Kenan Suljić is acutely aware of the importance of mental health of the people of BiH. Kenan and his team are developing an app designed to fight depression. It is called D-app, and its authors say it’s the first such app in the world that’s connected with the healthcare system.

“Users of the app will directly communicate with experts, and can receive the kind of service they would get in a doctor’s office”, says Kenan. Then, Kenan says, the experts will review the information they received through the app and decide on the next step and treatment for the user.

This young team is currently cooperating with the Medical Center “Mustafa Šehović” in Tuzla, and the Medical Center in Srebrenik. and would eventually like to have the app available all across BiH.

The prototype is already live and has over 1000 downloads. Kenan says that the most important thig for him was that the users trust the app and feel secure using it.

“People are contacting us to say congrats and ask about the app. The most important thing is that we gained people’s trust very quickly, because it takes courage to open up and talk about how you feel”, says this young man from Srebrenik.

The app will be available for iOS and Android devices, in the beginning of March of this year. Kenan wants all young people to know that they should never give up on their dreams and goals, because he is living proof that persistence and hard work pay off. The idea for this application was born a year ago, and by signing the contract today Kenan got the support he needed for the final stretch in the development and launching process.

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