The Institute for Youth Development KULT was founded at the national level in 2002 under the name Association KULT, and it continued conducting its activities under this name until May 2011. In addition to the Head Office in Sarajevo, we also have an offices in Gradačac and Subotica, which have retained the original name. Our cooperation with the governmental authorities is very effective and is based on a partnership. In all the communities where we have our offices, KULT has been trying to implement activities needed by the target group in that very area. In order to determine our focus and direction, we conduct annual planning workshops. We strive to establish good cooperation with municipal authorities, and with various national and international organisations, in order to prevent repetition or overlapping of projects.
KULT is experienced in drafting legal documents and regulations, and has been involved in producing many draft laws at all levels of government. Furthermore, we initiated the adoption of the Youth Law in the Federation of BiH and in the Brčko District of BiH, Law on Volunteering in FBiH, etc. We drafted the Youth Law and Law on Volunteering of FBiH in cooperation with other organizations, and submitted it to the Parliament in cooperation with the FBiH Commission for Youth Issues of the FBiH Parliamentary Assembly’s House of Representatives. The laws were ultimately adopted.
Ever since the Association was founded, through various non-formal training activities, counselling, monitoring, teaching, courses, seminars, simulations, problem-solving workshops, round tables, brochures, working materials, etc. we have been assisting youth, associations, non-formal groups and other interested parties to become recognised members of the society, ready to take responsibility and make an effort to improve their position in life.
The Institute for Youth Development KULT is the founder of the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth called SPAJALICA, (eng. Paperclip), in Ilidža.
All of our activities to date have been closely related to the development of civic society in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our actions are based on cooperation with the authorities (and opportunities for active participation/involvement), with citizens (youth primarily), and also with other influential and active associations, individuals and institutions (e.g. social welfare centres, employment bureaus, etc.).
Throughout the years, we have held numerous round table discussions in all parts of BiH to discuss the recognition of non-formal education, possibilities of youth involvement, introduction of local programs and opportunities tailored to youth, etc. Apart from this, we have delivered countless training courses on the following issues: volunteer work, civic engagement, tolerance, public relations, democracy, the European Union, mental health, etc.
Also noteworthy is our street campaign centered around the partnership between youth and municipal authorities (mayors) in the form of a mute performance, which has been performed countless times since, not only in Sarajevo, but in other cities as well. This performance has become part of KULT’s regular activities, and is improved and adjusted to current events every year.
The Institute for Youth Development KULT is a member of the following networks:
- Youth Network of BiH
- NGO Council