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“Youth should have been placed at the top of the political list of priorities a long time ago, because the damage we suffer because of youth leaving is irreparable. We have to create the conditions necessary for keeping youth in BiH.” - said Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) in conversation with young politicians from across BiH.

The meeting of young people with Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) was one of the activities within the training “Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders (UMiDp), conducted by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

Young people were interested in issues regarding BiH joining NATO, ways to overcome current crises in the country, the importance of young people participating in political processes and ways to improve the society in general.

Youth want politics that lead to prosperity and a stronger economy, while sidelining issues that breed conflict. Young people go into politics because it’s relevant to their lives. They think that their seniors have spent enough time at the helm and now young people simply want a chance to prove themselves and bring a fresh perspective and new values into politics” - said Jasmin Bešić, Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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UMiDp participants are young political leaders from 12 political parties in BiH. It 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.

This is the second generation of training participants - 22 young people from across BiH, aged between 18 and 30, motivated to build a political career and work on improving the position of youth in BiH.

The intention of this Institute’s initiative is to place youth at the top of the list of priorities, and show that politics is a concrete discipline that can benefit young people in their everyday lives.

During the training, the participants learn about human rights, gender equality and democratic processes for improving the position of youth through developing clear strategies and successfully conducting advocacy campaigns.

Ambasador i kafa sa mladima

During a session of «Coffee Time With...», participants of the training «Learn, Think and Act!» for young political leaders talked to H.E. Anders Hagelberg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, about the situation in BiH, current issues and ways to overcome challenges faced by young people.

This training is attended by leaders from 12 political parties in BiH, and it is intended to motivate young politicians to actively advocate and lobby the government to address some of the problems faced by youth in their local communities, setting an example for young people and politicians and promoting the importance of political participation and action.

The training «Learn, Think, and Act! for young political leaders, 2nd generation, is attended by 22 young people from across BiH, between 18 and 30 years of age, eager and motivated to build a political career and get actively involved in improving the position of youth in BiH.

Over the next few days, the training participants will visit the Directorate for European Integration, and have a chance to talk to Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) about the current challenges and political situation.

During the training, the participants learn about human rights, gender equality and democratic processes for improving the position of youth through the development of clear strategies and managing successful advocacy campaigns.

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Participants of the Institute’s training for young leaders joined the Trash Challenge and used the weekend to clean the area around the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža.

During the training on volunteering and civil activism, 20 young people from across BiH left the seminar room and went outside to clean green spaces. After 2 days of learning about the importance of participating in the society and volunteer work, it took less than an hour for this group of young people to clean a very popular outing spot in Ilidža. In doing so, they joined the popular Trash Challenge, intended to encourage citizens to get out and pick up trash, with before and after photos.

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“The module volunteering and civil activism helped in many ways, and mostly because it encouraged me to be more active in my local community. The trainer’s experience and knowledge in this area will help me improve. Protecting the environment is important to me and all those who notice our work. So, this volunteer action that we did during this module raised awareness for many of us of the need to protect natural attractions. Finally, I’d say we should always be active and on the move, because if we’re passive we practically don’t exist”, Elmin Sušić (18), Bihać.

The module included a session of Coffee Time With… Samir Mahmić, coordinator of the Big Brother, Big Sister Network, who has been an activist for years.

UMiD participants are continuing with their training, and will meet again in SPAJALICA on April 11, to learn about local civil initiatives that they will implement in their cities during the training.

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Political leaders from 12 political parties in BiH learned about advocacy and communication channels in politics, during the second part of the training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders - UMiDp.

The training was held in Konjic, from March 6 to March 10, 2019 and the topics included initiatives for improving the position of youth in BiH.

During the session “Coffee Time With…”, the participants had a chance to talk to Irfan Čengić, Secretary of SDP, and Admir Kurić, former member of the municipal assembly from SDA.

The training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders for the second generation (UMiDp) is attended by 22 young people from BiH.

The goal of the training 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 Institute for Youth Development KULT has been working on creating better conditions for youth in BiH by supporting other organizations with similar concerns - the wellbeing of youth.

On March 21, 2019 in Sarajevo, a contract was signed with the Association for prevention of addiction NARKO-NE, who will implement an advocacy initiative intended to improve the quality of life of young people and youth policies in BiH.

Youth in BiH are faced with many problems that mostly resulted from years of the government’s lack of care for youth. Almost all levels of government lack a program and strategic approach to supporting effort to improve the position of youth in BiH. Although entity laws stipulate that the government is required to support youth by adopting and using strategic documents, only 43% of municipalities in BiH have a youth strategy.

Organisations concerned with youth issues have been working for years on improving the current situation. To ensure that these efforts are sustainable in the long-term, it is important to continuously provide support in the implementation of activities and initiatives that contribute to improving youth policies. In order to help young people, strengthen the youth work sector and improve the situation in BiH,

the Institute for Youth Development KULT encourages leadership in youth aimed at active participation in democratic processes, which is why we issues a public call for funding youth projects in BiH. In doing so, the Institute invited NGOs registered in BiH to submit their project proposals whose implementation will directly and indirectly contribute to improving youth policies in BiH.

The next hit video game may well come from Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanks to the efforts of innovative young people.

Amar Zubčević from Sarajevo developed an interest in video games ten years ago. He had fun coding with his friend, and learning by designing different video games. The value of their work was recognised by eminent members of the gaming industry, as evidenced by the many awards these developers received.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT recognised the potential of Amar’s idea, and in cooperation with the Municipality Stari Grad, and the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, provided Amar with support in developing his business. Amar now owns the first game development studio in BiH, where he will be working with a few friends, and will soon start hiring other talented young people.

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“This support will help us grow, give jobs to other young people, implement more demanding projects. I’ve always loved working, and I’ve worked through my university studies, but now I have a chance to really do some great things.” - Amar Zubčević.

Thanks to the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth, which was founded to support young people’s promising ideas, 3D printing is on its way to become a feasible business in BiH as well.

“We will make others happy, the way this support made us happy. I was unemployed for a long time, and now I have a chance to give jobs to others. A helping hand is all young people need to succeed, and this is a perfect example.” - Rusmir Poturović.

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The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth in Stari Grad funded businesses by car mechanics, car painters, photographers, hairdressers, and a veterinary pharmacy was opened. The total amount for funding youth-owned businesses in Stari Grad is 40,000 BAM, allocated in equal amounts by the Stari Grad Municipality and the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth contains joint funds of local units of self-government and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, used for funding youth entrepreneurship and employment in 8 municipalities and cities, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden.

The total amount in the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth is around 400,000 BAM, and will be used to support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, these funds were used to support businesses in: Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Teslić, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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