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During the third meeting, members of the working groups discussed the results of the analysis of the position and needs of youth in Brčko District of BiH. Based on this analysis, conducted by the Institute for Youth Development KULT for the Government of Brčko District and internal analyses of current youth-related measures and programs implemented by Brčko District, the working group discussed future priority measures for youth. During this meeting, the group learned how to analyze problems, define priorities and propose adequate measures and programs for youth.

The meeting was attended by a representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who presented the work IOM does in Brčko, particularly focusing on youth who are socially marginalized and exposed to negative societal influences.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT provides expert and advisory support to the working group of the Government of Brčko District of BiH in this process, and cooperates with the Youth Council of Brčko District of BiH.

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Article 17 of the Youth Law of Brčko District stipulates that care for youth is of general interest in the Brčko District.

Care for youth entails:

  1.     a) defining and providing conditions for youth organizing
  2.     b) creating and implementing a youth strategy.

According to the law, a youth strategy is a document detailing a program approach to youth including defining their problems and needs, providing a strategic plan of action, goals and measures for reaching those goals. A youth strategy is based on a survey about young people’s needs and problems.

The meeting was held in accordance with COVID-19 prevention measures required by Brčko District.

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As restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic eased, the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA opened its door again and welcomed youth back. After more than three months, participants of the Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders met in Spajalica to learn and work together.

During the three-day module, youth from across BiH talked about good communication, the skills it requires and how they can be learned and perfected. Participants learned about media literacy and public relations - crucial topics for every future leader. They took part in interactive workshops and learned how to craft a message, who to target, when and how to send it, and other important facets of communicating with the public.

“I’m happy to be back at the Institute for Youth Development KULT and taking part in this module on communications and public relations. I was very interested in this topic, and our trainer Aldin Alić did a great job. We had a lot of practical work, and became an even better team. I’m happy to see us all making progress together and pushing our own boundaries.” - said Marija Mališ, UMiD 15 participant from Foča.

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The Institute believes in the importance of experiential learning for young leaders and organizes Coffee Time With… events hosted by successful young people from BiH who motivate and encourage those around them, and uplift and improve their communities. During the sixth module, the host of Coffee Time was young journalist Slađan Tomić, who talked to UMiD participants about the media, their role in activism and the society, the media landscape in BiH and issues that are particularly important for young leaders.

“When communicating with the media, youth shouldn’t present their activities the standard way with an overabundance of technical details. They should instead focus on the results they achieved. When communicating with the public, young people need to provide clear and concise information, presented in a way that elicits a response from the audience.” said Slađan.

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Participants will get a chance to use what they learned during the sixth module once they start implementing local civil initiatives next month.

The fifteenth generation of UMiD comprises 24 participants from 22 different local communities, and the 2020 training cycle is implemented with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Vijest akreditacija javnih ustanova

Today, public institutions in Sarajevo Canton attended an online meeting during which they were presented with guidelines for the accreditation process for long-term volunteering. The meeting was held by the Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees.

The guidelines are intended to support public institutions in the accreditation process by providing a clear outline of steps in accordance with the Law on Volunteering of FBiH. It details the entire procedure, including the necessary supporting documents and requests, so they can successfully complete the accreditation process for long-term volunteering providers.

According to the Law on Volunteering of FBiH, long-term volunteering in your profession is considered work experience. Volunteering is considered long-term if you volunteer at least 240 hours over a course of 3 months continuously.

Since there are 6000 young people in Sarajevo Canton with no work experience, the Government of Sarajevo Canton adopted a decision mandating that all public institutions in Sarajevo Canton complete the process of accreditation for long-term volunteering, in order to provide these young people with opportunities for gaining work experience.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Ministry of Labor, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees are working together to support public institutions through this process.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Municipality Centar Sarajevo signed a cooperation agreement for working on the Municipality’s new Youth Strategy for the period o 2021-2025. The strategy will be based on a survey of the needs and problems of young people in Centar municipality. 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.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Municipal Mayor, Mr. Nedžad Ajnadžić, Executive Director of the Institute, Mr. Jasmin Bešić, representatives of municipal administration and the Institute’s Department of Research and Evaluation.

“I’m very glad that we’re continuing our cooperation with the Institute for Youth Development KULT on another initiative that I hope will be implemented successfully and beneficial for all parties involved, especially young people.” said the Mayor of Centar Municipality, noting that the Municipality is working on implementing other stipulations from the Law on Youth of FBiH and that a municipal officer will complete the Youth Officer training implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of FBiH.

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 the Centar Municipality is the first municipality we’ve signed an agreement with this year, formalizing our cooperation on developing a youth strategy, which is required by law in every municipality and city in FBiH. 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 Mr. Jasmin Bešić, Executive Director of the Institute.

Šeherzada Halimić, Head of the Institute’s Research and Evaluation Department noted that the agreement signed today is important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic because some municipalities have already reallocated what little funds were available for young people.

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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 Centar Municipality.

Koverte 1In cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees, the Institute for Youth Development KULT prepared guidelines for accreditation of long-term volunteering providers and sent them today to all public institutions in Sarajevo Canton.

The guidelines are intended to support public institutions in the accreditation process by providing a clear outline of steps in accordance with the Law on Volunteering of FBiH. It details the entire procedure, including the necessary supporting documents and requests, so they can successfully complete the accreditation process for long-term volunteering providers.

According to the Law on Volunteering of FBiH, long-term volunteering in your profession is considered work experience. Volunteering is considered long-term if you volunteer at least 240 hours over a course of 3 months continuously.

Since there are 6000 young people in Sarajevo Canton with no work experience, the Government of Sarajevo Canton adopted a decision mandating that all public institutions in Sarajevo Canton complete the process of accreditation for long-term volunteering, in order to provide these young people with opportunities for gaining work experience.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Ministry of Labor, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees are working together to support public institutions through this process.

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