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Political leaders from 12 political parties in BiH learned about advocacy and communication channels in politics, during the second part of the training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders - UMiDp.

The training was held in Konjic, from March 6 to March 10, 2019 and the topics included initiatives for improving the position of youth in BiH.

During the session “Coffee Time With…”, the participants had a chance to talk to Irfan Čengić, Secretary of SDP, and Admir Kurić, former member of the municipal assembly from SDA.

The training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders for the second generation (UMiDp) is attended by 22 young people from BiH.

The goal of the training is to empower young members of various political parties registered in BiH, ages 18-30, to build the political career they want and to work on improving the position of young people in BiH. 

The next hit video game may well come from Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanks to the efforts of innovative young people.

Amar Zubčević from Sarajevo developed an interest in video games ten years ago. He had fun coding with his friend, and learning by designing different video games. The value of their work was recognised by eminent members of the gaming industry, as evidenced by the many awards these developers received.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT recognised the potential of Amar’s idea, and in cooperation with the Municipality Stari Grad, and the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, provided Amar with support in developing his business. Amar now owns the first game development studio in BiH, where he will be working with a few friends, and will soon start hiring other talented young people.

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“This support will help us grow, give jobs to other young people, implement more demanding projects. I’ve always loved working, and I’ve worked through my university studies, but now I have a chance to really do some great things.” - Amar Zubčević.

Thanks to the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth, which was founded to support young people’s promising ideas, 3D printing is on its way to become a feasible business in BiH as well.

“We will make others happy, the way this support made us happy. I was unemployed for a long time, and now I have a chance to give jobs to others. A helping hand is all young people need to succeed, and this is a perfect example.” - Rusmir Poturović.

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The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth in Stari Grad funded businesses by car mechanics, car painters, photographers, hairdressers, and a veterinary pharmacy was opened. The total amount for funding youth-owned businesses in Stari Grad is 40,000 BAM, allocated in equal amounts by the Stari Grad Municipality and the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth contains joint funds of local units of self-government and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, used for funding youth entrepreneurship and employment in 8 municipalities and cities, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden.

The total amount in the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth is around 400,000 BAM, and will be used to support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, these funds were used to support businesses in: Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Teslić, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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Participants of the 14th generation of Learn, Think and Act! learned about making decisions and proposing initiatives during the segment of the training called Public advocacy and lobbying.

“I’m both happy and proud to be a part of a training such as UMiD. The second module, just like the first one, met all my expectations. This wouldn’t have been possible without the Institute’s great organisation skills and without other participants whose passion for change creates a positive energy that encourages us to support each other. Since we concluded that UMiD is a journey, we will now patiently wait to see what challenge the next module will bring.” - Mirza Mujdžić-Jojić.

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During the second module, the participants had a chance to talk to Admir Kapo, president of the Association “Buy and Use Quality BiH Products” who talked to the participants about the importance of buying BiH-made products.

The training Learn, Think and Act! is an officially recognised form of non-formal education which provides youth with an opportunity to develop different competencies that will help them be more competitive on the labour market. The program comprises seminars, practical exercises and voluntary work. UMiD is intended for youth under 30.

UMiD is a year-long training, that requires participants (youth leaders) to actively participate in implementing civil initiatives in their local communities.

Future youth leaders will meet again on march 21, 2019 at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA.

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Responsible young politicians affect change and create a better life for youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was one of the messages from the “Learn, Think and Act!” for Young Political Leaders (UMiDp) for the second generation of participants, which started today in Banja Luka.

Over the next five days, the training will be attended by 26 young politicians from twelve different political parties from across Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose goal is to place youth issues at the top of the political list of priorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Changes are already taking place. Young politicians from the first generation of participants are already making change happen in their communities, and that is precisely the aim and intention of this training – to work with youth who will act as responsible citizens and harbingers of change” - said Nejra Neimarlija Roić from the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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UMiD for young political leaders (UMiDp) is the Institute’s program for young people from different political parties, who take part in three 5-day modules and learn about navigating the political system in BiH, creating a political image, and about political advocacy and negotiating to address young people’s problems and needs. Through active work and lobbying the government, they will solve some of the problems faced by youth in their communities, and set an example for young people and politicians about the importance of political participation and action.

“I want to improve my political image, advance, learn to work more efficiently. I will share my experience from the training with my colleagues, and I plan on launching initiatives in Visoko and the Zenica-Doboj Canton, because young people in my local community are facing a lot of challenges that we can and should overcome if we want to keep youth in the country and harness their potential” - said Rejhana Numanović, training participant.

Upcoming trainings will be held in Konjic and Sarajevo. Through this initiative, the Institute is aiming to spotlight youth issues and show that politics is a concrete discipline whose mechanisms can benefit youth in their everyday life.

The training is conducted by the Institute for Youth Development KULT with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The political system of BiH was the topic of the first part of the Learn, Think and Act! training for the second generation of young participants. During 5 days, 26 participants from 12 different political parties from BiH learned about the elements they will need in their future political work.

The participants had an opportunity to talk to inspiring guests and see different topics from various perspectives. The guests were Igor Radojčić, Mayor of the City of Banja Luka and Aleksandar Trifunović, Editor-in-Chief of the news portal Buka.  

Upcoming trainings will be held in Konjic and Sarajevo, and will deal with creating a political image, and advocating and lobbying for addressing youth problems.

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The goal of the training is to empower young members (18-30 years old) of various political parties registered in BiH to develop their political careers and work on improving the position of youth in BiH.

The training in Banja Luka was held from February 6 to February 10, 2019.

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On January 24, 26 young people from 20 communities from across BiH started the training Learn, Think and Act! (UMiD). They are the 14th generation of the training, that has thus far been attended by 300 young people from across BiH.

Teamwork was the topic of the first part of the training these young people will be attending for the following year.

These are young people from 18 to 30 years of age who believe in non-formal education, resolved to create a better environment in their communities. These young people started the training with copious amounts of motivation and interest, and shared their expectations.

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“I’m happy and honored to be a part of such a high-quality and comprehensive training such as UMiD. I had very high expectations, and I’m happy to say they have already been met in the first module. I think we worked together as a team since the first few hours of the training, but the topics we learned about helped us improve and define the roles we have, or want to have, in the team. The conclusion we all reached is that we boarded a train and started an adventure. I can’t wait to see how far we can go in the following year.” Zorana Tovilović, Banja Luka.

The next topics young participants will learn about is public advocacy and lobbying, during a module that will be held from February 14 to February 16, 2019 at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA.

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