The CI Youth Program is implementing the YouthBuild pilot project in the municipalities of Bujanovac and Preševo building on the experience of adopting and replicating a US model in many countries throughout the world. This project is a direct response to the region's growing youth disenfranchisement, economic slowdown, residual ethnic tensions, and hoped-for accession to the European Union.
Toward this vision, we are working on strengthening young women and men from this region to engage them in the revitalization of their municipality while at the same time building their skills for civic participation, responsible family life, lifelong learning, and economic security.
This project is supported by the Youth Build International, CS Mott, the Balkan Trust for Democracy - Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of Serbia Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.
26.03.2012. Participants of the YouthBuild Project Awarded
38 participants of the Civic Initiatives YouthBuild project implemented in Bujanovac and Preševo, were awarded for all their efforts and excellent results made during the project implementation.
Local entrepreneurs and institutions from Preševo and Bujanovac that have been supporting these young people in their actions of building ramps for persons with disabilities and painting fences, also received certificates as an expression of gratitude.
5.03.2012. The Action of Painting Fences in Bujanovac Continued
38 participants of the YouthBuild project in Bujanovac and Preševo, continued their action of painting fences of the "Naim Fraseri" primary school in Bujanovac. Representatives of local authorities and the Serbia Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja visited participants during the action and expressed their support to these young people who are continuing to be active in the community.
After they finish painting fences of the "Branko Radičević" and "Naim Fraseri" primary schools in Bujanovac, they will continue with the same action in Preševo.
20.02.2012. YouthBuild Project: Painting Fences and Participating in Skype Conference Call
38 participants of the YouthBuild project which is being implemented in Bujanovac and Preševo, engaged in painting fences of the "Branko Radičević" and the "Naim Fraseri" primary schools in Bujanovac.
This was only the beginning as the action of painting fences will be continued in other schools and institutions in Bujanovac and Preševo. The participants also had the opportunity to exchange their experiences via Skype conference call, with young people from the District of Brčko which are also engaged in YouthBuild project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants from both sides presented their projects, daily activities in Training centers and volunteering actions. They exchanged E-mail addresses and started communicating via YouthBuild Facebook group.
12.12.2011. Young People Built the First Ramp for PWD in Preševo
12.11.2011. Young People Built 11 Ramps for PWD in Bujanovac and Preševo
11 ramps for persons with disabilities in Bujanovac and Preševo were built by 38 young people within the YouthBuild project which is being implemented by CI Youth Program. Before this project, Bujanovac and Preševo did not have ramps for PWD, and young people targeted this problem within the training program they are attending.
23.01.2012. Activities within YouthBuild Project in Bujanovac and Preševo
During January, the YouthBuild program participants continued to learn about civil participation, activism, job searching, presentation and communication skills, stereotypes and prejudices, and mediation. In the second half of the program, more attention is devoted to the topics, such as active employment seeking, writing a CV, public performance, and similar topics that will help them once the program is finished.
In the next period, participants will define another problem that can be solved in their local community, and they will simultaneously learn about entrepreneurial initiatives and acquire more skills that will help them once they start pursuing internships, apprenticeships, jobs, links to micro-finance institutions, and other livelihood related activities.