Public call for the one-year Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders Generation 15

Call ref. number: 17.01.0-N2.1-4082

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WHO CAN APPLY?
- Young people aged 18-25 with residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are interested in personal development and actively working on solving youth problems

WHO’S ORGANIZING IT?

The Institute for Youth Development KULT (hereinafter: Institute) is issuing a public call for a one-year training for young leaders Learn, Think and Act!, Generation 15.

SOUNDS GREAT, BUT WHAT IS UMiD?

UMiD is a one-year training, an incubator for young leaders active in the democratic society. UMiD is a training that prepares you to become an active leader in your local community and take part in solving youth problems, while at the same time preparing for your own career, learn new skills, meet new young people like yourself, socialize and grow. If you’d like to see what participants think about UMiD, take a look at this video.

OK, I GET IT, BUT WHY A WHOLE YEAR?

UMiD comprises seven 2-day workshops and a summer school on topics that you as a young person need to know about if you want to be an active member of the society. Workshops will be held once a month, starting in December, and spanning Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During the summer you will take part in our summer school. The times stated in the public call are not final, and the Institute reserves the right to change the dates and times of the workshops. The participants will be notified of any changes on time. The complete text of the public call and the module schedule is available HERE. 

During the UMiD training, you will learn how to encourage your peers to get involved in solving problems faced by young people in your community, how to convince decision-makers and other members of your community to support youth in a concrete way, how to navigate the world of business, and many other useful things.

We give you the opportunity to put to use everything you learned during the training and conduct a local civil initiative that will address a problem or a need you identified in your local community. You will design the local civil initiative (LCI) together with the young people in your community, and the Institute will support you with funds and mentorship.

WHERE IS ALL THIS HAPPENING?

Our modules will be held at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža, and we will be visiting some other interesting locations during the training.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME?

If you like this call and would like to apply, but you’re not sure you can pay for it, please don’t worry!
The Institute for Youth Development KULT will cover expenses for the transportation, accommodation, food and materials you will be using during workshops.

GREAT, HOW DO I APPLY?

If you’re interested in UMiD, you meet the criteria and would like to get going and be a part of Generation 15, all you need to do is film a short video (3 minutes max) answering the question “What would I like to have today, so I don’t leave BiH tomorrow?” If you find it easier to express yourself in writing, or using another type of medium, please feel free to do so. The text should be written in Verdana 10, and not exceed one A4 page.
Apply for the training by using the electronic application form that you can find here:  http://mladi.org/myURL/umid15 . There, you can upload your video, text, etc. on the topic above. The form will also require you to provide two references by a person or an organization (name, last name, position, contact information) we can contact.

If you need more information, you can call us at 033 778 763 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are open until November 18, 2019, 23:59.

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Busovača hosted the first sports manifestation “Days of Culture and Sports”, with more than 360 participating children and youth. Local clubs took this opportunity to present what they do: martial arts, football, volleyball, basketball. There were also cultural and artistic societies, majorettes and young chess players.

Sports competitions followed the presentations, but the results were not the most important things. This is one of the few manifestations in Busovača to gather this many young people, and the main goal is allowing them to meet and establish connections, that will hopefully result in some new youth initiatives.

Fahira Huskić, the organiser of this manifestation, is one of the participants of the 14th generation of the Institute’s “Learn, Think and Act! training, which provides youth financial support and mentorship in conducting their first initiative.

“I’m so proud of my team of volunteers, there were between 15 and 20 of them. I’m proud of us too, for successfully organising this manifestation, although we had never done anything like it before. Now that the manifestation is over, I feel both happy and exhausted, because we had no idea how many obligations we would have”, said Fahira. She added that she would love to see the manifestation grow into a traditional sports event in Busovača.

Amina Sefer was one of the volunteers, and one of the competitors as well. Her volleyball team won second place. “I’m very social, and that’s what made me want to both volunteer and compete. It wasn’t hard to balance volunteering and competing, because we were very organized. My friends took over for me when I was competing”, said Amina, adding that she’s very proud of her team for placing second, but that spending time with friends and volunteering is more important than winning competitions.

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How are we doing with the implementation of youth laws in BiH at all levels of government? This was the topic of the third seminar for youth officers, held by the Institute from September 30 to October 3, 2019, at the Hotel Hills in Ilidža.

Bosnia and Herzegovina regulated youth work in three laws, in all three administrative units. These laws have the same definitions of youth and share some youth work mechanisms. Still, the role of Youth Officers is not equally recognized in all local self-government units, and the implementation of the legal mechanisms is not happening at the same pace in all parts of BiH.

Lack of communication and cooperation of local communities with higher levels of government, lack of alignment of local strategic documents for youth with the cantonal and entity-level documents are some of the problems that youth workers identified as something they want to work on.

The seminar included a discussion of the topic “How can youth support the implementation of youth laws?”, which involved representatives of all umbrella youth bodies, Youth Council of FBiH, Youth Council of RS/Youth Council of Brčko District.

The Youth Officer seminar titled “How to Build a Youth-Friendly Community - Implementation of Youth Laws" is intended for Youth Officers interested in learning more about the mechanisms defined in youth laws, how they are implemented in local communities, and exploring possibilities for cooperation with other Youth Officers.

Participants from 26 communities from various parts of BiH had an opportunity to share their experience and discuss models of good practice, as well as challenges they are facing in their local communities. This encounter of umbrella youth bodies and youth officers was a unique opportunity to initiate an institutional dialogue among those responsible for the implementation of youth laws.

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The Cultural Center of Istočno Novo Sarajevo hosted an unusual crafts bazaar, displaying the results of the project “Be Naturally INclusive”, supported by the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden.

The bazaar was organised by members of the Youth Organization “Natura” to showcase the crafts made by children and youth with disabilities from the Association “Vratite nam osmijeh”. Students from the High School Center Ilidža helped with the crafts. For most of them, this was the first opportunity they had to take part in an inclusive project.

“Members of the Association “Vratite nam osmijeh”, with our help and the help of high school students, made tote bags decorated with their drawings, photo frames, jewelry and decorative boxes”, said the organiser of the bazaar, Predrag Šarović, noting that it is important to host more events like this one to allow children and youth to truly become integrate into all aspects of social life.

Zoran Ilišković is a fourteen-year-old boy who took part in the workshops, and used the decoupage technique to make decorative boxes. “Miss Ankica taught us how to do decoupage, and I’m happy because me and my friends made this decorative boxes together. I’ve been doing this for five years, and I’m always happy when we’re all here together”, said Zoran, adding that everyone should be kind and spend time with others.

It’s important to note that these crafts were made of natural materials, in the spirit of the project’s title - “Be Naturally INclusive”.

Mladenka Pajić is also a member of the Association “Vratite nam osmijeh”. At 30, Mladenka is another young person who alongside her friend Zoran enjoys taking part in workshops like this one. “We made different kinds of jewelry, painted on a clothes iron and pressed our designs on tote bags. We spent time with kids, and I had a great time during the workshop, nothing was too hard for me”, said Mladenka, who proudly added that she has been a member of this Association since she was 7.

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During the final, 10th, module, the participants of the 14th training Learn, Think, and Act! learned about Job seeking. The module was held at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA, from September 5 to September 7. Several participants already had some work experience or had previously looked for a job. For them, this module helped analyse what they did well and what they need to improve on, while others had a chance to learn about the challenges on the labour market.

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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 labour 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 analysed their current position on the labour market, their wishes and wants, and the skills they need to hone to get the job they want.  

“As an intern of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, I was given an opportunity to attend the last module of UMiD. The topic was very interesting and useful, even for someone like me, who was familiar with the job seeking process and everything it entails. I have some experience with that, but the advice I got during this module will make my job seeking easier and help me put my best foot forward when interacting with potential employers.”, said Sumeja Huseinović, intern at the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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In addition to learning new skills, the participants used this module to socialise and have fun. Being the last module, it was spent in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It strengthened the bonds among the participants, who will remain friends even after UMiD.

This module is the first time I see the participants, and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised with how warmly they received me. During this module, we spent time together and shared our experiences. I’m glad to have been a part of this, and I hope to stay in touch with the people I met.” - Sumeja Huseinović.
All the participants who meet the required criteria will be able to sit the final exam - the last step before receiving a certificate of completion. After the test, the participants will be awarded certificates during a ceremony marking the formal end of the UMiD training.

During the final, 10th, module, the participants of the 14th training Learn, Think, and Act! learned about Job seeking. The module was held at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA, from September 5 to September 7. Several participants already had some work experience or had previously looked for a job. For them, this module helped analyse what they did well and what they need to improve on, while others had a chance to learn about the challenges on the labour market.

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 labour 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 analysed their current position on the labour market, their wishes and wants, and the skills they need to hone to get the job they want.  

“As an intern of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, I was given an opportunity to attend the last module of UMiD. The topic was very interesting and useful, even for someone like me, who was familiar with the job seeking process and everything it entails. I have some experience with that, but the advice I got during this module will make my job seeking easier and help me put my best foot forward when interacting with potential employers.”, said Sumeja Huseinović, intern at the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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In addition to learning new skills, the participants used this module to socialise and have fun. Being the last module, it was spent in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It strengthened the bonds among the participants, who will remain friends even after UMiD.

“This module is the first time I see the participants, and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised with how warmly they received me. During this module, we spent time together and shared our experiences. I’m glad to have been a part of this, and I hope to stay in touch with the people I met.” - Sumeja Huseinović.
All the participants who meet the required criteria will be able to sit the final exam - the last step before receiving a certificate of completion. After the test, the participants will be awarded certificates during a ceremony marking the formal end of the UMiD training.

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