From 23 March to 26 March 2015, in the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA the 5th module of youth worker training course with 25 participants from 8 local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina was held.

The topics of the 5th module were organisational skills and working with youth.

As a part of the topic organisational skills, the trainees learned about planning, how to plan activities or a smaller project, what the planning was for, what were the stages in conducting a project and what was considered a good and successful project. Also, the trainer clarified the notions of monitoring and evaluation and their purpose. The trainees acknowledged the types of evaluation and when it is conducted. The trainer emphasized the significance of evaluation and answered the questions why it was done and what the evaluation standards are.

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The trainer familiarised the trainees with the notion of monitoring and explained to what purposes the monitoring results can be used. In the workshops the notion of a report was defined. The importance of writing a report was emphasized, the addressee of the report as well, its purpose and structure.

As a part of the topic working with youth the trainer familiarised the trainees with the youth strategy and emphasized the significance of participation in drafting the document. The trainees learned the difference between youth policy and youth strategy and had the opportunity to learn about the most important elements of youth strategy, primarely by drafting an plan of action according to the areas of action. 

As a part of the topic working with youth the trainees also worked on the topic of investigative-advocacy work. The workshops defined what advocacy work was, the elements of public advocacy and the grounds and messages of public advocacy.

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The fifth module of the course ended the training of youth workers. The training that lasted from September 2014 to the end of March 2015 capacitated 25 trainees to organise their youth work activities in the best manner, to improve their communication and organisational skills and but also for practical knowledge on writing business plans. After the training, certificates and verifications for participation were awarded. 

Take a look at the profiles of the new youth workers.


Take a look at the profiles of the new youth officers.



From 23 February to 26 February 2015 in the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA the Fourth Training Module for associate experts on youth work was held. Young people from thirteen youth organisations, associations and centres from eight local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina attended the fourth module. 

The topics of the fourth module were social competences and organisational skills.

During the first two days of the module, as a part of the topic of social competences the attendees had an opportunity to acquire knowledge from the trainer, a graduated psychologist and Gestalt psychotherapist Senka ?impo, regarding the topics: what social competences are, recognising and accepting one's own needs as well as the needs of others, solving conflicts non-violently, compromise, inclusion and gender equality that connotates equal opportunities for women, men and trans-gender persons. 

The attendees learned through interesting exercises and workshops that social competences develop through social interaction, i.e. relationships with other people but that they also relate to the attitude towards oneself and one's own feelings and the attitude towards others and their own feelings and needs.

In the continuation of the module, as a part of the topic of organisational skills, trainer Jasmin Beši? presented the attendees with the basics of strategic and operational planning, organisational management, resource mobilisation, donor mapping as well as working with volunteers.

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The first in the cycle of self-defense trainings organised by the Institute for Youth Development KULT was held last night at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA, as part of the campaign 16 days of activism against violence. The training was held by certified trainers and instructors from the IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation) in BiH -

The first in the cycle of self-defense trainings strengthened the psychological ability of girls to stand up to and protect themselves against the increasingly more prevalent violent behaviour of certain groups in today's society.

The girls were taught about their rights and the actions recommended before, during and after attack. Also discussed was the difference between an attack and violence, the most effective method of defense, objects which could help in defending against a violent attacker in different situations, such as being ambushed in a dark alley when withdrawing money from an ATM, walking in a park, meeting an stranger you bought something from on the internet, etc.

'Any woman can learn Krav Maga, regardless of age, experience in martial arts, body type, strength or fitness." said Ervin Su?eska, Krav Maga trainer.

Subsequent trainings will be held at the martial arts hall of the Centre for Culture and Sports in IlidĹľa (KSCIL), according to the following schedule:

5. December (Friday) at 17:30,
6. December (Saturday) at 11:00,
8. December (Monday) at 17:30,
10. December (Wednesday) at 20:30.

The training is free for all participants. The participants will be given a certificate upon completing the training course testifying to the self-defense skills they acquired.

If you were unable to join us during the first training course, you can join us on Friday and learn how to protect yourself and help others. To apply, send your personal information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a self-defense skill dveloped for the Israel Defence Force (IDF), but due to its efficiency, the manner and approach to training, and the very concept and structure of the techniques, it is applicable in many areas, particulary with regards to women and self-defense for children.

Self-defense training courses are attended by women of different ages and backgrounds - girls, college students, housewives, working women, mothers, female soldiers and policewomen, former athletes, all women who want and need to feel safe. The self-esteem and fitness achieved through the training course enable women to react with composure in the worst of situations.

Self-defence may save a woman's life, but even if such a need never actualy arises, practicing this skill helps tap into your physical and psychological strength and improve self-esteem, which is a huge plus. To train Krav Maga you don't need to have experience in martial arts, nor do you need special equipment. It is a liner system of fighting, where, in the context of female self-defense, the accent is on realistic situations you may find yourself in, whether it is a threat, attack with different kinds of weapons, regaldless of the place and nature of the attack, such as sexual assault, theft, kidnapping, etc. Special emphasisi is put on "anti-aggression" and "anti-rape" programmes. Facing participants with a realistic simulation of an attack is key in self-defense, because it teaches them how to think clearly when being attacked. It enables them to react correctly and on time in a dangerous situation. The basic principles of self-defense show women how to take control of their own safety, whether at home, in the car, on a parking lot. Common sense is sufficent in most cases, but sometimes we cannot avoid unpleasant situation, no matter how hard we try.

 About the campaign

The campaign begins with Orange Day, for preventing violence agains women and girls, celebrated on the 25th day of every month. For more than two years, Orange Day, supported by the Secretary-General of the UN, through different activities worldwide contributes to raising the consciousness of youth and sensitizing them to the issue of gender-based violence,  with 98% of cases being women, and attempting to actively involve them in efforts to combat and prevent this violation of human rights and freedoms. 

The Institute for Youth Development KULT advocates a society in which women and men participate equally in all areas of life. An imbalance in the social influence of men and women hampers the potential of every society. The Institute believes that the wish for growth that youth possess is a prerequisite for changing the society. This year, the Institute is implementing the campaign with the support of Olof Palme International Centre.


The first module of the Youth Worker training course, held on September 22-25, 2014 in the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža was attended by volunteers and employees of 13 youth associations/organisations/youth centres from 8 local communities from the entire country, including: Novi Grad, Mostar, Gradiška, Tuzla, Zenica, Kozarska Dubica, Ljubija, Sarajevo and Ilidža.

The topic of the first module was Youth Work. During the four days, the participants, together with the trainers, had an opportunity to become acquainted with different areas in youth work, such as: scope of work of Youth Workers, youth policy mechanisms, researching the needs and problems of youth in the community, civic activism and volunteering, methods in youth work and legislation on youth in BiH. During the training course module, the participants had Skype conversations with Youth Officers Marko Kazivoda (Cyprus) and Sr?ana Vidakovi? (Vlasenica, BiH). They shared their experiences in youth work with the participant, including different methods of youth work and example of good practice.

While engaging in different activities they presented the youth work performed by their organisations by presenting examples of good practice.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT is organising the Youth Worker training course, September 2014 through March 2015. The Institute advocated for the registration of Youth Worker as a profession, resulting in the Agency for Statistics of BiH recognising it in the work position classification under number 3412. This is an important step towards standardising youth work and represents a social recognition of not only the profession, but of informal education as a form of professional training. Additionally, the course participants will be given an opportunity to write a business plan for supporting their centre/club/association, funded with up to 6000 BAM.

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The second module of the training course for youth officers was held on October 27-30, 2014 in the Educational-leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA. Once again, this module included future youth officers from thirteen youth associations/organisations/youth centres from the entire BiH. 


First Generation Youth Workers Selected

After an open call to youth workers training course (open for applications) from July 20 to August 10, the Institute for Youth Development KULT received a number of applications from all over BiH. Upon reviewing all applications, the Commission adopted a Decision on youth centres/organisations/associations selected to attend the training course.

The following is the list of the youth centres/organisations/associations:

1. Creativity and Initiative Youth Centre, Novi Grad
2. Gift of Nature Citizens Association – Gnijezdo Children's Day Centre, Novi Grad
3. Youth Centre Ljubija, Ljubija
4. Citizens Association Centre for Children, Youth and Family, Laktaši
5. Most Association, Gradiška
6. Youth Theatre Association Tuzla, Tuzla
7. Tuzla Community Foundation, Tuzla
8. Altruist Humanitarian Organisation, Mostar
9. REaktiv, Zenica
10. Una Youth Association, Kozarska Dubica
11. Centre for Educational Initiatives Step by Step, Sarajevo
12. Addiction Prevention Association NARKO – NE, Sarajevo


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