The Making of Youth Leaders

Youth policy is a comprehensive collection of institutional mechanisms for governmental care for youth. During the third module, the 15th generation of the Institute’s Learn, Think and Act! training for youth leaders talked about current mechanisms and their implementation in different communities.

Through interactive work, non-formal education methods and experiential learning, the participants learned about mechanisms set out in the Youth Law of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth Law of Brčko District, and Law on Youth Organizing of Republika Srpska.

“The third module was the best so far. The topic was very comprehensive and complex, and this module gave me the encouragement I needed to continue with my work. I realized that as a young person I have many rights that are unfortunately not respected, but I was also taught how to work on it in the future and improve the position of youth in my local community. Some things will take a while to fall into place, but I’ll try to start now so I can implement some things before the fourth module”, said Sara Međić, a participant from Maglaj.

To show our young participants and future leaders the role of youth officers as an important mechanism of youth policy, we organized “Coffee Time With… Amra Bojičić, Youth Officer from the Ilidža Municipality and Lejla Abazović, Youth Officer of the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton. They were happy to share their experience, knowledge and motivation with these young people, who were very interested to learn more and had a lot of questions.

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“Seeing first-hand who youth officers are and how they work was very interesting and useful to me. They have us some motivating suggestions and advice about how we, as future leaders, can help our peers. I wish I had more opportunities to talk to people who are taking steps to actually change something”, said Nermin Topovčić from Banja Luka.

The third module was held from February 6th to 8th, 2020, at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža.

More than 300 young people completed the UMiD training, and this generation is the 15th. The generation consists of 25 young people from 21 local communities from across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The training UMiD Learn, Think and Act! is an officially recognized form of non-formal education that provides youth with various competencies that will make them competitive on the labor market and the program comprises seminars, practical exercises and voluntary work.

All participants grow into active citizens who take the necessary steps to change the society they live in, assert their opinions and actively participate in decision-making in their communities.

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