The Institute for Youth Development KULT invites all people from Bosnia and Herzegovina with completed secondary education (at least), to apply for a Traning Course for Associate Experts on Youth Work (Youth Wokers)

The Institute for Youth Development KULT is organising training for associate experts on youth work that will last for 20 days (160 hours). The training aims to support those who work with youth for improving their skills and knowledge in order to develop youth work in BiH. Besides the training, the participants will engage in practical work in their communities.

All those who have completed their secondary education, who work with youth at youth centres or at youth clubs, NGOs, schools, counselling centres, centres for social work and other institutions may apply for the training. Every applicant must be supported by his/her organisation or institution in order to participate.

You may apply for the training online HERE.

You may apply no later than 20 July 2015, 17:00.

Belated applications will not be accepted or considered. Names of elected training participants will be disclosed in the beginning of August 2015 on the website of the Institute The elected training participants will be informed via e-mail that they stated in their applications.

Youth work is a planned programme of informal education designed to provide support for  youth in the process of becoming independent adults and this is achieved with the help of youth workers who assist them in personal and social development in order to become active individuals of the society in which they live. 

The Institute for Youth Development KULT advocated the acknowledgment of the occupation of associate expert on youth work in 2014, and the occupation was entered into the work position classification under the code 3412 by the decision of the Agency for Statistics of BiH.  

This is a significant step in standardising youth work and presents a form of social recognition, not only of the occupation, but of informal education as a form of professional training.

For more information, you may contact us via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 033 778 770.

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On 27 March 2015, in the Institute for Youth Development KULT an awarding of the certificates and verifications for participation was held for the first generation of trainees for the Training of Expert Youth Officers, or youth officers .

The expert officers are persons who help the youth in the process of their development. The Institute for Youth Development KULT started the initiative to include the title of the expert youth officer in the list of professions of the BiH Agency for Statistics. The training consisted of 5 modules that were held from September 2014 to March 2015. The training welcomed 25 trainees from 13 youth centres and associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Having completed the fifth training module, the trainees wrote a final exam. The exam consisted of questions related to the areas the trainees had the opportunity to pass through the five modules of training: working with youth, organisational skills, social competences, enterpreneurship and writing business plans and communication skills. After writing the final exam, the promotion was organised in which the trainees were awarded with certificates and verifications for participation.

Mr. Beši? greeted those who were present and thanked all the starters for participating and contributing to the Training. â€śIt is a pleasure to see motivated young people who strive to contribute to the development of their orgainsation through their constant work on their self-improvment. I believe that the knowledge and skills you gained during the Training will help you contribute to the position of the youth in your local community and understand their problems and needs better,“ stated Mr. Beši?.


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.



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.


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 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.