YOUTH WORKERS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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The series of texts about the superheroes we call youth workers continues with the story of Jasmina Banjalučkić from Ključ. Jasmina has an MA in Sociology and is currently the Secretary of the Youth Council of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, although she’ll usually introduce herself as youth worker who loves youth policy,

YOUTH WORKERS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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The youth sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina is full of professionals working tirelessly to improve the position of young people. One such dedicated youth worked is Branislav Ristić from Prnjavor. Branislav is in his final year of studies at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He’s now doing what he loves most - youth work at the local and international level, at the center “Zdravo da ste”, where he works as the Project Manager and coordinates youth activities.

YOUTH WORKERS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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We continue our series about youth workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a story about Dejan Rađen from Brčko. Dejan is a 25-year-old with a degree in Architecture. His coworkers say he’s ambitious and amicable, and see him as an example of how youth work shapes people from an early age. Dejan agrees with them - he really was shaped by youth work.

Dejan is happy to talk about his beginnings in youth work, which is now his profession. 

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Some people were born to change the world and Tamara Cvetković is one of them. This 30-year-old spent two thirds of her life as an activist and fighter for human rights. Tamara’s story doesn’t begin with fanfare and fireworks, but her dedication to social activism is certainly worthy of applause. She earned her degree at the Faculty of Pedagogy in Bijeljina. Like many other young people who don’t buckle under negative political pressure, she lost her job. But, her disappointment with the system in BiH didn’t discourage her. On the contrary - it led her to dedicate more time to activism and meeting like-minded young people.

YOUTH WORKERS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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Marijan Tustonja is a 25-year-old with an MA in Social Work. At first glance, Marijan is a shy young man, but his story is one of a brave struggle against a life that pushed him to his limits and ultimately forged a strong, successful young man. At the age of 6, Marijan was separated from his mother and siblings, due to the difficult conditions the family was living in. He was taken to Mothers Village, in Međugorje, where he lived until the age of 18.

IMG 0302During the fourth module of the Training for Youth Work Associates, we learned about two topics: organizational management and public advocacy. During this module, the participants learned about the stability of organizations and the division of labor and responsibilities within organizations. They used practical examples to learn about the Theory of Change, time management and planning activities.

“During the last two days, we had a chance to analyze and think about the current state of the organizations we work in. We learned more about the legislative framework we’re bound by, about personal organization and useful tools. Another useful aspect was sharing our experiences from the field. We went into this process with an open mind, willing to acknowledge the factors that hinder our work, and create potential solutions. This module provided me with a lot of useful advice, and I’m going back to my organization prepared and motivated”, said Samra Ribić, Chairwoman of the Youth Council of the City of Srebrenik.

In the second part of the module, focusing on advocacy, participants from 13 local communities engaged in interactive work and experiential learning about defining and presenting specific problems and possible solutions, and creating public advocacy campaigns aligned with the needs and problems of their communities.

“Learning about public advocacy is very important for us as youth workers, so that we can work on improving the position of youth in an effective, comprehensive way. We learned a lot about mechanisms, tools and methods used to launch advocacy initiatives”, said Jelena Brkić from the Foundation Schuler Helfen Leben.

The fourth, final module of the Training for Youth Work associates was held on November 13-16, 2019 at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža.

The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work and testing. The topics are: youth work, communication with youth, social competences and organizational skills in youth work.

Expert associates on youth work, more commonly known as youth workers, are persons employed at youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations working with youth or public institutions that support youth development. Expert associates on youth work support the professional, personal and educational development of young people. By working with youth on different ideas and initiatives, expert associates on youth work join forces with youth in improving their communities.

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