osnovano vijece mladih bihaca

Formal and informal groups of youth in the City of Bihać now have a representative body. The Council of the City of Bihać was founded during the founding assembly held on 21 February, 2019. This is an umbrella youth organization of youth in the City of Bihać, and was founded in accordance with the Youth Law by three youth organizations: mountain biking club “Daj krug”, Student’s Union of the University of Bihać, and the Association of Law Students.

Enis Čelebić was elected President of the Youth Council, and Šejla Kulenović is the Vice President. President of the Assembly is Belmin Fajić, and President of the Supervisory Committee is Adnan Mektić.

The Youth Council of the City of Bihać will represent and advocate for the interests of formal and informal groups of youth in the City of Bihać, conduct joint youth projects, build dialogue with government institutions in order to improve the position of youth, and include youth in the process of making decisions relevant to youth in the City of Bihać.

The Youth Council’s goals are:

  • improving the involvement of youth in the social life of their community,
  • cooperation between Youth Council members and the local administration,
  • promotion of youth work,
  • popularising and raising awareness of the importance of youth work and approach to youth,
  • improving the quality of life for youth in the City of Bihać,
  • organising conferences, professional seminars, counselling sessions, lectures, itd,
  • developing strategic documents and operational programs pertaining to youth work,
  • organising public debates, developing analyses and proposals for improving the position of youth,
  • cooperation of the Youth Council with other municipal youth councils, and youth councils at higher levels.

The initiative “Get involved, connect and improve your community!” implemented by the Democratic Youth Organisation Velika Kladuša provided advisory, technical and financial support to the founding organisations, including the organisation of today’s founding assembly. The initiative was also supported by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

 travnik analiza

Close to 50% of youth in the municipality of Travnik are unemployed, according to the Analysis of the survey on the needs and problems of youth in the municipality of Travnik.

The Analysis showed that over 90% of youth leave the education system, the number of elementary and secondary school students is on the decline, and around 70% of youth are unmarried.

The Analysis was conducted for the purpose of developing Travnik’s Youth Strategy, and the quality of the document is evident in the fact that the working group for the Strategy, in addition to competent ministries and institutions, includes many youth who wanted to actively participate in developing this document. These are young people with a university education, who decided to use their knowledge for developing and improving their local communities.

According to the Analysis, this municipality has 11000 young people, which is 20% of the entire population.

The survey was administered to 504 young people, by the Institute for Youth Development KULT as a consultant in the entire process of developing the Youth Strategy for this municipality.

The Strategy will be developed by the Center for Youth Education in cooperation with the Youth Commission of the Municipality of Travnik, with active participation of CSOs, sports clubs, cultural, medical and educational and other public institutions. The development of the Strategy is supported by the UNDP as a part of the ReLOaD project (Regional Program on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans).

A Youth Strategy is a document developed by the government, detailing a programme approach to youth issues, including defined problems and needs of youth, strategic action and goals, and measures for achieving these goals.

gradska uprava sastanak

The development of the Action Program for youth of the City of Sarajevo is well underway. Research is being conducted on youth needs and problems, and the Working Group for developing the Action Program held their second meeting.

This meeting, held at the Institute for Youth Development KULT, included a presentation of the legal grounds and a discussion of processes within the City Administration of the City of Sarajevo and the preliminary steps the Service took to form this Working Group.

The discussion focused on previous steps made in the process of developing the document, and members of the Working Groups received their first task – analyze the situation in the services and municipality when it comes to youth issues, and the existing programs and priorities in different segments.

The Institute is currently conducting research in the field on young people’s opinions, preparing for desk research, and the Working Group is analyzing the position of youth in institutions.

and the working group is currently conducting research in the field on young people’s opinions, preparing for desk research, and the Working Group is analyzing the position of youth in institutions.

Today, the Institute for Youth Development KULT signed a contract with the Democratic Youth Organization from Velika Kladuša. The Institute is providing funds for youth advocacy activities in this region, in an effort to strengthen the youth sector. Future steps include issuing public calls for awarding grants for various youth activities, in an attempt to further strengthen the youth sector.

The representative of the Democratic Youth Community, Ms. Jasmina Keserović thanked the Institute for the opportunity to implement various activities for youth in Velika Kladuša, Bosanski Petrovac, Bihać and Bužim, and said she is certain that this initiative will contribute to improving the position of youth in the Una-Sana Canton. The initiative will last for 12 months, and will include 1200 youth from ascross BiH, in activities aimed at implementing the Law on Youth of FBiH.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Embassy of Sweden, will be providing funds for strengthening the youth sector in BiH.

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