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In June of this year, the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Municipality Centar Sarajevo signed a cooperation agreement for developing the Municipality’s new Youth Strategy for the period of 2021-2025. 

The Youth Council of Centar Municipality, in cooperation with the Institute, has now started preparing for the development of the Strategy. Trainings were held for volunteers who will be interviewing young people in Centar Municipality to learn about their needs and problems. This way, young people will be involved in the process of developing the strategy, and representatives of the Youth Council will be included in the working groups.

The interviewers learned about the methodology for interviewing young people, the importance of this step for developing the youth strategy and the locations of each local community in this municipality. 

Future interviewers were very interested in learning about the methodology and the topics that they will be talking to young people about. They were also familiarized with measures intended to protect them and the interviewees from COVID-19.

At the same time, the Institute is supporting the Centar Municipality and their Youth Officer in forming a coordination body and working groups for developing the Youth Strategy.  

All local self-government units in FBiH are required to develop youth strategies pursuant to the Law on Youth of FBiH, which the Institute helped develop prior to its adoption in 2010.

The Institute conducted this same survey 10 years ago in this municipality, and it will be interesting to compare the results and development over the past 10 years.

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Today, the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton and the Institute signed a cooperation agreement. The agreement defines the Institute as an expert partner to the Ministry with an advisory rule in the process of accrediting institutions as long-term volunteering providers and developing a volunteering program for future volunteers at the Ministry.

The signing of the agreement was attended by: Anis Krivić, Minister of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton, Lejla Abazović, Expert Associate on Youth Issues, Šeherzada Halimić, Executive Director of the Institute and Ajka Rovčanin, program manager at the Institute.

“Young people have to be the priority of the Sarajevo Canton Government, especially our Ministry. We want to create systemic solutions that will actually be helpful to young people. This is only one of many projects we want to implement with partners from other sectors, that have to do with supporting and helping young people in our canton”, said Minister Krivić.

At the end of 2019, the Institute for Youth Development KULT signed an agreement with the Ministry of Labor, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees, defining the Institute’s support to public institutions in Sarajevo Canton in the process of accreditation of long-term volunteering. So far, more than 90 institutions submitted applications for accreditation for long-term volunteering, and today’s signing reflects the Institute’s commitment to cooperating with institutions competent for youth issues.

“The Institute is always on the side of young people and we’re always trying to find the best solutions to their problems. The agreement we signed today with the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton is extremely important because it means we’ve established institutional cooperation with the ministry competent for youth issues. I’m sure we’ll continue working on other initiatives as well that we believe would improve the position of youth in Sarajevo Canton and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Šeherzada Halimić, Executive Director of the Institute.

In addition to the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton, the Institute continues working with other public institutions in Sarajevo Cantons on the process of accrediting them for long-term volunteering. According to the Law on Volunteering of FBiH, long-term volunteering is considered work experience, which should make it easier for young people to get their first work experience, which is more often than not a requirement for employment.

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The 15th generation of the Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders completed their final, tenth module, focused on Job searching. The participants learned how to write a CV and cover letter, and how to behave during a job interview. They left the training with some basic information about the labor market in Bosnia and Herzegovina, what employers are looking for, which jobs are in high demand, and what the statistics are. Using what they learned, the participants analyzed their current position on the labor market, and the skills they need to hone to get the job they want.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the City of Gračanica signed a cooperation agreement detailing the process of developing a new youth strategy in this local community. The strategy will be based on a survey of the needs and problems of young people in Gračanica.

The agreement was signed by the Mayor of Gračanica Nusret Helić, and the Executive Director of the Institute Šeherzada Halimić.

“We have the pleasure of continuing our cooperation with the Institute for Youth Development KULT on another initiative intended to support young people. We’re particularly looking forward to learning what young people in Gračanica need, and we will use that insight to inform our next steps and future projects”, said the Mayor.

All local self-government units in FBiH are required to develop youth strategies pursuant to the Law on Youth of FBiH, which the Institute helped develop prior to its adoption in 2010.

“I’m glad that in these challenging times Gračanica decided to provide youth with strategic support and is unreservedly supporting efforts to prepare this crucial document. We’re particularly pleased to be working with a certified Youth Officer who successfully completed our training. Our guiding thought is making sure that all strategies we’re working on are realistic and actionable because these strategies are intended to meet the actual needs of young people”, said Ms. Halimić, Executive Director of the Institute.

At the end of last year, the Institute for Youth Development KULT issued a public call inviting all local self-government units in BiH to apply for co-funding the development of strategic documents for youth, which are required by law. the Institute will be supporting the development of youth strategies in other municipalities as well, and has already started preparing for the survey in the Gračanica Municipality.

There are plenty of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina who work hard to learn skills that they then invest into their communities, making lives better for themselves, other young people and members of their communities. Participants of the 15th generation of Learn, Think and Act! for young leaders are demonstrating how young people can build a better future.