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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.

Following a recommendation by a close friend, in 2016 she applied to take part in the Training for Expert Associates on Youth Work organized by the Institute for Youth Development KULT. Tamara says that the training made a big impact and the certificate she received helped her stand out on the job market.

“Whatever I say about the training won’t do it justice… When you’re surrounded by positive people, you feel motivated to take a step forward in life. For me personally, this training and everything it gave me was worth the investment, to put it that way, because it brought me where I am now”, says Tamara.

After the training, she was invited to work in Bologna, where she now lives and works as an advisor for the Iscos Emilia-Romagna Onlus organization. Tamara’s work was recognized and she was invited to numerous prestigious European seminars and nominated for awards such as the 2017 Peace Award of the Network for Building Peace. She continued her studies too, and is now working towards a Masters in Human Rights and Conflict Management in Italy.

Tamara poured her heart and soul into making her plan a reality. She now has only one wish - to travel the world building peace. Tamara didn’t give up! She says she will never stop believing in her vision of an equal society.

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Tea Pucar is a 24-year-old from Stockholm, with BiH roots. Tea is an Anthropology graduate from the Upsala University in Sweden, and her Master’s Thesis was titled “Effect of Language on Youth in Mostar”. Tea’s research for her thesis focused on the ways youth in Mostar use language to strengthen and prove their collective identity.

Tea is very experienced with projects focusing on minorities, democracy, and sustainable development. Last year, she spent six months interning as a Project Coordinator and Amnesty International Sweden.

Her desire to learn about the culture of the country her family hails from led Tea to Sarajevo, where she will spend three months interning at the Institute for Youth Development KULT. She said she found the Institute while surfing the web and looking for an organization in BiH where she could intern.

Tea’s internship includes improving and applying training curricula when working with groups of young people attending the Institute’s courses. The hands-on work she does gives her an opportunity to learn about CSOs and the way they function in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her previous experience and knowledge is valuable for improving our internal procedures and manuals, intended to provide better access to international volunteers. Tea spends every single moment learning and focusing on personal development, all while happily sharing her knowledge with others by holding English and Swedish language workshops with volunteers.

 “I was looking for an organization where I could intern and learn about the system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I found the Institute for Youth Development KULT. I was thrilled, especially because of the Institute’s belief that youth are the ones who can affect democratic change in societies. My previous experience with international projects taught me the importance of networking and cooperation between government institutions and CSOs. I believe that emphasis should be on empowering citizens to take initiative. That’s why I decided to reach out to the Institute for Youth Development KULT. During my three-month internship, my aim is to research youth policies - do they exist and are they implemented - learn about youth activism and BiH legislation on youth, and compare my findings with the situation in Sweden”, said Tea. She added that her internship at the Institute also taught her about the work that the Kingdom of Sweden does in this country.

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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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The third module of the Training for Expert Youth Work Associates, more commonly known as Youth Workers, was focused on social skills.

Training participants from 13 communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina learned about social skills they as youth workers need to have to adequately recognize, understand and respond to the needs and problems of young people they work with. Interactive activities and opportunities to share experiences with others helped the participants learn about civil activism, volunteering and legislation concerning youth in BiH.

“This module, and everything I’ve learned during the training will definitely be useful to me in my future work. I can wholeheartedly recommend this training to all young people ready to drive the change they want to see in their country. Definitely the best experience that I could give myself, in addition to university education.”, said Mateo Vukoja from the Youth Association “Korak” from Kiseljak.

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The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work, and testing. The topics include: 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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