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The topic of the meeting held on June 17, 2020 in Bratunac were the project activities of the Eco-rafting club Rajska plaža. This Association is working on improving the quality of life in their local community by promoting sports, ecology and tourism and giving young people self-employment opportunities.

They’re particularly focused on youth employment and organizing youth activities. In cooperation with the Civil Alliance for Social Inclusion - GASI from Požega, Serbia, they are implementing the initiative “New practices for a better future” and coordinating activities implemented in BiH. The goal of the project is to provide easier access to the labor market for young people in Bratunac. They’re focusing on unqualified youth and establishing a sustainable module which includes cooperation among educational institutions, employers, local governments and unemployed young people.

Project activities involve practical and theoretical training for 15 young unemployed persons, in accordance with their profession. They’re cooperating with a high school center in Bratunac, whose staff will provide participants with the necessary theoretical background, before they go on to gain some practical experience in one of the local companies. After completing the training and passing the final exam, participants will receive a certificate. The process of selecting participants is underway, so the training will follow shortly.

The project New practices for a better future is part of a small grants scheme within the  WeB4YES - Western Balkan Civil Society for Youth Employment Support. The Initiative WeB4YES is implemented with the support of the European Commission. The Institute for Youth Development KULT is a partner in this regional initiative.

Obuka iz oblasti marketinga

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On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Association for environmental improvement E-group from Zenica held a training on marketing, which is part of their project Development of entrepreneurial and business skills in youth, conducted in partnership with the Youth Center INPUT.

The participants were divided into two groups and used Zoom to learn about marketing, market research and analysis, through theory and examples from practice. This was the second of the four planned trainings in this project, focused on entrepreneurship, marketing, IT and photography. The participants will use what they learned to develop a business plan as a final activity in the project, and E-group and INPUT will be supporting them while they turn their business idea into a business plan. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the remaining trainings will be conducted online using Zoom. A representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT took part in today’s training, for the purpose of online monitoring.

The project Development of entrepreneurial and business skills in youth is part of a small grants scheme provided by the WeB4YES - Western Balkan Civil Society for Youth Employment Support. The Initiative WeB4YES is implemented with the support of the European Commission. The Institute for Youth Development KULT is a partner in this regional initiative.

 

Salto

The third meeting of youth from the EU and the Western Balkans was held virtually on June 9, 2020 and focused on the role of transnational cooperation and European youth programs, the development of youth work and youth policies and the European integration process. The initial plans for a three-day meeting in Montenegro, in April 2020, were replaced with a one-day virtual meeting.

This meeting was preceded by two other meetings of youth from Europe and the Western Balkans, which were held in 2016 and 2018 and included 50 participants from the youth work sector in EU and Western Balkans countries. The participants analyzed past achievements of projects implemented by the EU and Western Balkans, and explored current needs. They discussed what youth work practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders, including relevant institutions and support structures, can do to increase their impact, bring about positive change and forge ahead with EU youth programs beyond 2020. The goals of this meeting include: situational analysis and support for cooperation and participation of Western Balkans in EU youth programs (Erasmus+ and ESC); analyzing the connection between EU youth programs and further development of youth work, youth policies and research; analyzing issues that are relevant to youth and can be addressed in transnational cooperation projects; securing a space for contributing to the process of planning future cooperation with neighboring partner countries (in new EU youth programs).

The meeting was organized by national Erasmus+ agencies Youth in Action (E+ YiA) from Croatia, Germany, North Macedonia and Slovenia, the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) and the SALTO SEE resource center. A representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT attended this meeting.

web4jobs

Web4Jobs is a one-stop-shop platform offering Western Balkans youth updated information about employment opportunities, informal and formal education opportunities, career guidance and self-employment, i.e. launching a business. The platform is intended to help young people prepare for entering the job market, support young people networking across the Western Balkans and promote work and education mobility. The platform can be accessed here: www.web4jobs.info.

The platform was launched by the WeB4YES - Western Balkan Civil Society Organisations for Youth Employment Support is a regional initiative aimed at strengthening inter-sectoral cooperation aimed at supporting young unemployed citizens in the Western Balkans and come up with innovative solutions to employability and employment issues. The goal of the initiative is to empower civil society organizations to contribute to addressing unemployment and improving the conditions for youth entrepreneurship through advocating and monitoring at the state and regional level.

The project coordinator is the Belgrade Open School (Serbia), and partners on the project, in addition to the Institute, are the Association for Democratic Prosperity - ZID (Monte Negro), NGO Lens (Kosovo), Association Beyond Barriers (Albania), National Youth Council of Macedonia and International Olof Palme Center (Sweden).

The Initiative WeB4YES is supported by the European Commission, as a part of the Civil Society Facility and Media Program 2016-2017, Support to regional thematic networks of CSOs.

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