1st "VOICE UP" WESTERN BALKANS YOUTH FORUM




05.10.2018

WBYCP is a grassroots regional youth platform implemented by Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI), together with the umbrella youth organizations of the Six Western Balkans countries: National Youth Congress of Albania, National Youth Council of Macedonia, National Youth Council of Serbia, High School Students Union of Montenegro, Central Youth Action Council of Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina Association for United Nations, and with the support of Hanns Seidel Foundation.

With the aim to promote youth connectivity in the Balkans, WBYCP offers a unique and tailor-made space to youngsters from the region where they meet, plan, organise, implement and voice up their action. In WBYCP youngsters can find partners for joint activities, design and implement joint initiatives, exchange ideas, consult a youth library, and built and carry outreach and lobbying action. WBYCP is designed to function as a resource center for youth in the Western Balkans.

In the framework of its 2018 activities plan, WBYCP is organizing two events on 9-12 October:

(i)       a Youth Exchange programme will be organized from 9-11 October. It will be the outreach phase of the essay competition titled "Three reasons to stay in my country" launched by WBYCP in June 2018. 12 best essay authors have been invited to share and discuss youth emigration, its implications for the youngsters and the region, the necessary policy measures and actions to stem the loss of human capital and reverse it. WBYCP partner organizations and other stakeholders working with youth topics in the region in the region and in EU will join the debate. In the course of two days, the discussants will unfold the ideas and issues expressed in the submitted essays which have been identified as some of the most pressing issues of Western Balkans Youth: (i) Education and Youth Employment; (ii) Youth role in WB6 institutional Governance and Policy Making.

(ii)       the WBYCP Forum will be organized on October 12 and will offer a discussion space where youngsters will build up a common position and voice up their shared understanding of present and future challenges, together with required action. They'll have the opportunity to discuss them with policymakers and other youth stakeholders in the region. A WB6 Youth Statement on Youth Migration in WB6 will be drafted and submitted to the relevant decision-making actors. The priority is given to the listening and promotion of grassroots and bottom-up initiatives and to the reinforcement of their message in promoting positive changes. Instead of focusing on problem solving, the forum will promote positive examples of young people mobility - geographical and career-wise, experiences of building build social capital, successful actions of committed young citizen, and other beautiful and inspiring life experiences of Balkan youth.

A draft agenda of the Forum can be consulted here. Follow WBYCP at our FB Page or contact us at info@connecting-youth.org for more information.