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Nađa Zubčević is an innovator with an MA degree. Her journey shows why it’s important not to give up, and to believe in yourself. Because of this attitude, Nađa today has a chance to attend prestigious fairs and tell others that she is an innovator from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She invented something the world needed, she is part of the solution. When she was with her colleagues, Nađa, like any other young person, talked to them about a lot of topics and identified problems. But what makes her different is that she found a solution.

She started by tackling something she was facing herself - how can you safely use a public toilet and avoid health issues. She searched for a solution until she found it. An antibacterial toilet seat.

The toilet seat has sensors that detect a person once they enter the stall. The sensor turns on UV LED diodes inside the seat, and the light then activates an antibacterial film on the surface of the seat. Research showed that this eliminates 99.8% bacteria, and the toilet seat’s lifespan is between 5 and 10 years.

This is how Nađa’s story begins - the story of an innovator who commands attention anywhere she goes.

She started by presenting her idea at the Tournament for social innovation and support of the Mozaik Foundation, where she won the first prize. After that, she worked on improving her patent, looking for support and the best solutions. Today, Nađa has a prototype of the toilet seat, she joined the Association of Innovators of BiH, and presented and won awards at numerous fairs worldwide.

The Semi Grand Prize from Seul is her latest achievement. Her prototype impressed the visitors of this fair, and the Institute for Youth Development KULT supported her trip to this fair and her work on the patent. She won awards for her invention in Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina…

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The Institute supported part of the journey of this successful young innovator, but she needs so much more still.

Nađa will launch a crowdfunding campaign to start production because she is determined to use all available resources to achieve her goal.

Nađa is a young person who wants to build her future in BiH. She’s not thinking about leaving, but she’s hoping that BiH will recognize the importance of young innovators and support their ideas. Help them become even better ambassadors and successful young people who don’t have to leave their country to make their dreams come true.

Today, at the Institute for Youth Development KULT, organizations “Natura” from Istočna Ilidža and “Muzički atelje u BiH” signed grant agreements.

Youth organization “Natura” in cooperation with the Association of children and parents “Vratite nam osmijeh” and the High School Center Istočna Ilidža will be implementing activities that encourage cooperation among youth with disabilities and high school students.

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The Association “Muzički atelje u BiH” will conduct trainings for youth and children on music and theater, aimed at overcoming prejudice prevalent in the society. The children and youth will share what they learned during the training by using different multimedia in order to encourage cultural progress of youth and the community in general.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT occasionally supports organizations through an urgent fund for SCOs working on developing local communities through youth-focused activities.

More information about the urgent fund is available here.

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The participants of the training for young leaders “UMiD 14” finished their summer school program, where they learned about self-empowerment, human rights and conflict resolution. They all agree that they are now better able to build their capacities and improve their communities.

From July 14 to July 20, 15 young people from all parts of BiH had an opportunity to learn about their own potential, conquer their fears, recognize when their human rights were violated and how to effectively fight for their rights. During these 7 days, in addition to learning, the participants also had ample opportunity to spend time together, which led to new friendships and stronger bonds. The next step for the participants is implementation of their local initiatives designed to improve their local communities, and summer school was an opportunity for them to network and talk about how they can help each other.

"We had all been waiting for it impatiently, the 7th module, three topics: self-empowerment, human rights and conflict resolution. All my expectations have been met, I spent 7 days at SPAJALICA with “my team”, “my people”. We hung out, learned from each other, laughed, cracked jokes and cried together. I enjoyed every second of it, I eagerly accepted new information and tried to share my experience with others. Our trainer Mirela got us started on the topic of human rights, and trainer Aziz took over and his calm and authentic approach brought out the most sincere and repressed emotions out of us. These topics touched everyone’s heart, pierced all the armors, brought down all the walls. For me, every part of the module was equally important, wonderful, and powerful, boosted by the energy of our group. I’m proud of us!” - Irena Stanišić, Bijeljina.

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In September, the participants will come together again to learn more about the labor market and how to present themselves to potential employers.

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Grant agreements for funding the businesses of five young entrepreneurs were signed by representatives of the City of Trebinje, the Institute for Youth Development KULT and grantees. The businesses are focused on tourism, crafts and hospitality, and will be supported with a total of 50,000 BAM.

The Public Call was issued for funding businesses of young people between the ages of 18 and 35, who are actively looking for a job and are registered with the Trebinje Office of the Republika Srpska Employment Bureau. The Call offered grants ranging from 8,000 to 12,000 BAM, and from 3,000 to 6,000 BAM for grantees registering as a commercial farm.

The City of Trebinje and the Institute for Youth Development KULT signed a Cooperation Agreement last year, forming the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth worth 50,000 BAM, with each party providing 50% of the funds.

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth uses joint funds of the local self-government units and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Kingdom of Sweden, to support the development of entrepreneurship and employment of young people from 8 municipalities and cities. The total amount of funds in the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth is 400,000 BAM, which will be used to support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, the Fund has supported businesses in the Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT awarded certificates to the second generation of participants of the Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders.

On July 17, 2019 in Sarajevo a formal certificate award ceremony was held for participants from 12 political parties from BiH, who successfully completed the training.

UMiDp is intended to motivate young politicians to actively advocate and lobby the government to solve some of the problems youth face in their local communities, setting and example for other young people and politicians and showing the power of political participation and action.

“Not everything in politics works like you see on TV. During the training, we saw that politicians can reach an agreement even if they come from different parties. This training showed me how much I can do, and all the things I can change, and that’s what I intend to do.” - said Rijad Lemezan, participant from Sarajevo.

During the certificate award ceremony, the Institute signed contracts with participants who are launching local civil initiatives in their communities, and intends to support them.

Participants from Visoko launched an intiative to subsidize heating bills for young couples, participants from Široki Brijeg will support young entrepreneurs, and local communities Batković and Dizdaruša will get a space for children and youth.

“I feel much more motivated after the training. I saw that there’s plenty of opportunities for action, and I’ve already initiated the development of a youth strategy in my community. I’ll keep on fighting.” - said Antonija Banožić, participant from Široki Brijeg.

The goal of the training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders is to empower young members of various political parties registered in BiH, ages 18-30, to build the political career they want and to work on improving the position of young people in BiH.

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The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth awarded funds for launching businesses owned by four young people in the Municipality Centar Sarajevo. Grant agreements were signed, amounting to a total of 48,500 BAM and this type of support is expected to contribute to developing sustainable businesses and creating jobs for youth. The contracts were signed by the Mayor Nedžad Ajnadžić, on behalf of the Municipality, and Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, Jasmin Bešić, on behalf of the Institute.

The Director of the Institute pointed out that the Centar Municipality is one of eight local self-government units included in this initiative, and that the Institute has a special methodology for cooperating with youth who are awarded funds for launching their businesses - so signing contracts is only the beginning, and financial support isn’t the only thing they’re getting. This initiative provides young entrepreneurs with access to practical advice, support and help with promoting their business. The process of justifying funds will teach them a lot about preparing reports and justifying expenditures. The Institute and the relevant municipal services are available to answer any questions the young entrepreneurs may have.

“We’re glad to see young people applying with old crafts, and providing a modern version of their parent’s businesses, by staying in step with world trends, showing that our country isn’t lagging behind others when it comes to design, event management and 3D printing. We believe that we will have more good projects with the Municipality in the future”, said Bešić.

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The Mayor of Centar Municipality wished the participants a lot of luck in launching their businesses and making their dreams come true. He noted that the Centar Municipality as a local community is not competent for employment issues, but is looking for partners in coming up with a model to help youth find jobs.

“Thanks to the budget of Centar Municipality, we are able to allocate some funds for this purpose, and we have thus far invested a substantial amount in young people’s start-ups”, said Ajnadžić.

Contracts were signed by Nihad Čaušević, who has an MA in product design, for a furniture designing project, focused on designing and creating prototypes of furniture; Adi Hadžić, who will open a pastry shop and continue his family tradition; Elma Imamović, who will open a promotional marketing agency, and Alen Komarica, who will start a business focused on architecture, 3D printing and virtual reality. 

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth uses joint funds of the local self-government units and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Kingdom of Sweden, to support the development of entrepreneurship and employment of young people from 8 municipalities and cities. The total amount of funds in the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth is 400,000 BAM, which will be used to support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, the Fund has supported businesses in the Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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