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Dear friends, We’re delightful to present you the Youth Resource Center’s (ORC) Tuzla and Youth Network's in B&H December edition of the monthly bulletin. At the moment this movement accounts for 182 organizations and 115 individuals from 75 places across BiH. Currently, the newsletter is published in Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian and English language. The newsletter contains information about Youth Resource Center’s (ORC) activities; monthly activities of the youth organizations, informal groups and individuals – Youth Network’s in B&H members, their plans for the upcoming period and all the other information intended for the young people of today and the NVO sector (donor invitations for projects, conferences, seminars, tuitions, scholarships etc.). If you wish to be on the mailing list for the coming editions of our monthly informative newsletter or if you have any questions or suggestions at all, please let us know. You can find the Monthly Informative Bulletin (as well as the archive of our previous editions) on the Youth Network’s in B&H website:

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CONTENTS December 2017th activities................................ 2 January 2018th plans ....................................... 8 Network's members' activities ............................ 9 Announcements/info/donors/invitiations ........... 24

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ORC/HCA ACTIVITIES IN DECEMBER 2017th ''YOUth 4 a better future'' Within the project "YOUth 4 a Better Future" in Tuzla, training for counselors was held on December 28th and 29th. The training was attended by the members of the Youth Group Youth Resource Center and the coach was Jasmin Jasarevic. It is planned that members who have undergone training will be educators at workshops planned in the project "YOUth 4 a Better Future". Training for trainers in Tuzla is financially supported by the city of Tuzla.

At the end of January 2018th, as foreseen in the project, young (high school students and students) from each of the 4 cities will spend three-day workshops with our peer educators on the topic of human rights focusing on stereotypes, prejudices, hate speech, identity, religion, violence etc. In order to make the workshops even more useful, we will include our peers with disabilities.

„Divided past – Joint future“ Youth Resource Center Tuzla, along with seventeen nongovernmental organizations from the region, is partner in the project "Divided past – Joint future". The project is supported by the European Union and the main bearer of activites is the Youth Communication Center Banja Luka. The purpose of this project is to build an infrastructure for an effective reconciliation process in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The Youth Communication Center from Banja Luka, in cooperation with the organization "Lens" from Pristina organized a three-day training for facilitators from the Western Balkan countries and Turkey within the project "Divided past - Joint future“. Education titled "Social Innovations in times of peace and Reconciliation" was realized from December 20th to 23rd in Pristina. The education was attended by 14 educators from the above mentioned countries, who had the opportunity to learn from the eminent experts

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from this field on innovative methods in the work on reconciliation in their countries. Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina were Ivan Sajevic - Youth Association Enter Vitez and Slobodan Blagovcanin - Youth Resource Center Tuzla. This text is written as part of the Divided Past - Joint Future project, and does not contain or reflect the views or views of the European Union, its institutions and bodies. The responsibility for the information and views expressed in the text is borne entirely by the author of the text.

Yearly meeting ALF Tallinn, Estonija In Tallinn, Estonia in the period from 12th to 15th December, the 16th annual meeting of Anna Lindh Foundation Network Managers was held. The meeting gathered around 42 representatives of ALF networks from countries of Europe and the Mediterranean. They, together with representatives of the ALF Secretariat and the President of the Foundation, Ms. Elisabeth Guigou, discussed the completion of Step 7 of the ALF, and on strengthening and continuing cooperation within the continuation of the ALF activities in 2018. For more information about the meeting in the coming period, please visit our site.

Youth Group ORC Tuzla CEO Conference A CEO conference was held in Tuzla on November 30th, 2017. The conference was held in the Bosnian Cultural Center Tuzla and gathered over 350 young people. The CEO Conference is an event that connects young people to successful people, motivating them by positive examples for a proactive approach to entrepreneurship and career development by breaking myths of success and acquiring new knowledge and skills. The mission of the conference is to bring together young and successful individuals from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, who share their life and business experiences, ups and downs, ideas and knowledge in the context of various disciplines:

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career development, entrepreneurship, technology and motivation. The organizers of the Tuzla CEO conference are the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sarajevo in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tuzla with the co-organizers of Sberbank BH and Sol Azur & Buenavista with the support of the Government of Switzerland through the Youth Employment Project(YEP). Representatives of the Youth Resource Center Tuzla were Amila Selimbasic, Mirela Bikovic, Merita Sokoli, Amina Dzananovic and Emir Karamujic.

Brcko – Youth Workers Countering the Violent Extremism In Brcko, on 2nd and 3rd of December a training was held on the topic ''Youth Workers Countering the Violent Extremism''. ''Youth Workers Countering the Violent Extremism'' aims to empower and support the existing skills and abilities of youth workers and give them new tools in order to observe, act and report on the radical behavior of young people in the digital and real world. The "classic" approach to youth work is working with groups of young people who come to any organized activity that uses non-formal education as a method. In order to change this approach and reach young people at risk from radical ideologies that can lead to violent extremism behavior, youth workers need to change their approach and create new tools and use new methods. As part of this project, advanced training for 30 youth workers was held on topics: Confronting conflicts and violent behavior, Working with individuals - advisory skills, Working with young people in the field and "Digital work with young people".

The counselors at the training "Youth Workers Countering the Violent Extremism" were Miralem Tursinovic and Jasmin Jasarevic, while members of the Youth Resource Center Youth Group were Slobodan Blagovcanin, Mirela Bikovic, Merita Sokoli, Amina Dzafic, Adi Selman, Emir Karamujic and Amila Selimbasic.

The acquisition of new members into our group In the period from 22nd November – 3rd December 2017th 47 young people joined our group, who expressed their desire to be part of our "family". The selection of applications for admission of new members to the Youth Group was made by the coordinator of the group Amila Selimbasic and the veteran member of the group Mirela Bikovic. The selection was based on the quality of the application itself, motivation, and previous experience in the non-governmental sector.

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Out of the 47 applied, 21 met our criteria, so we invited them to the first official meeting that took place on 5th December at 6pm in our headquarters. The meeting was presented to the new members by the Coordinator of ORC, Amila Selimbasic and Slobodan Blagovcanin, who presented the work of the group so far, and performed a unique team building. An hour later, the veteran members joined the meeting. Since 5th of December - The World Volunteer Day, we decided to hold the first meeting with our new members that day.

Tools for Social Development – Volume II In the period from 1st to 8th December 2017th, a seminar entitled "Tools for Social DevelopmentVolume II" was held in Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia) which was based on theater methodologies and techniques of contemporary dance. The seminar was attended by a total of twenty-eight people from Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Romania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia.

The team of "To People from People'' organization provided this project with the professional development of youth workers in the field of acquiring practical experience in the use of theater methodologies and techniques of contemporary dance suitable for working with inclusive groups. Within the seminar, a unique theater performance was held at the local cinema as a final project. The performance itself was performed as a presentation of the creative process and work that was developed during the eight-day seminar. The project directly involved persons with disabilities and aimed at promoting mobility, providing equal opportunities for young people, as well as opportunities for personal development and active life in the field of art and culture. Representative of the Youth Group of the Youth Resource Center Tuzla at this seminar was Elma Sulejmanagic.

TranslatEU - Belgrade From 9th to 11th of December in Belgrade, the international Training TranslatEU was held, where young people from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Macedonia took part.

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The training intended to inform young people about the opportunities offered by the European Union, and how they would be able to spark out all these opportunities even before their countries enter the European family. In addition to the training, the young people had the opportunity to get to know the beauties of Belgrade and listen to the presentation about the Municipality of Vracar (one of the Belgrade Municipalities). Training organizer is UG Libero and the project was supported by the European Union throught its Youth Funds. The representatives of the Youth Group ORC Tuzla were Adi Selman and Adnan Cirak.

The writing of the project proposals A workshop on "Writing project proposals" was held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Tuzla on December 15th and 16th, under the organization of the IEEE Student Branch of the University of Tuzla. Students from different technical faculties in Tuzla took part in the workshop. On the first day of the workshop, professor Edhem Custovic worked on the motivation of the participants and gave examples of student projects that could be conducted in Tuzla. The second day of the workshop was chaired by IEEE Student Branch President Haris Selmanovic, who tried to share his experience in writing project proposals with the participants. Teams were formed and discussed concrete project proposals and their implementation. The students used teamwork, offered solutions to other teams, so that each of these ideas would be realized after this workshop. Professor Custovic joined us, listened to each of the proposals, gave us advice, recommendations and share his own vision to the participants of the workshop. The workshop was also attended by members of the Youth Group Youth Resource Center Eldin Subasis and Emir Mujakic.

''One sweet – One child'' High school "28th June" from East Sarajevo in cooperation with the Youth Group of the Youth Resource Center Tuzla, traditionally distributed gifts to the citizens of the Home for Children without Parental Care in Tuzla within the "One Sweet - One Child"campaign. In addition to the packages that they prepared for our youngest from the House without parental care, they also presented a performance titled "In Search of Santa Claus" as well as guitar performance and singing.

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Pupils from the school in eastern Sarajevo wanted to share the beauty of New Year's holidays with the residents of the Home because, they say, "we were never aware of the need for giving and sharing love as during the holiday". Funds for the transportation of high school students from East Sarajevo were provided by members of the Youth Group of the Youth Resource Center Tuzla from their own pockets. The presentation was made by 8 students from the High School ''28th June'', East Sarajevo, and the packages were shared among the members of the Youth Resource Center Youth Group. The delivery of the package was done on December 26th, 2017. years.

T.A.L.K.S. On Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 in the Cinema Kaleidoscope hall in Tuzla, a conference was held in which young leaders from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina held short but effective motivational speeches lasting up to ten minutes. The conference is part of the project called T.A.L.K.S., which is supported by the United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The T.A.L.K.S. project consists of five conferences that will be held in Tuzla, Bijeljina, Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka, giving young leaders the opportunity to communicate motivational messages to their peers in a unique way, covering topics such as: EU intergration, self-employment, human rights, anti-corruption. The conference in Tuzla was the second in a row after the one held in Bijeljina on December 25th, 2017. Among the speakers at the Kaleidoscope cinema were the members of the Youth Resource Center Adi Selman and Adnan Cirak, who spoke on the subject of EU intergration and self-employment.

New Year's Celebration On Friday, December 29th, 2017 traditionally for the fifth year in a row in the premises of the Youth Resource Center Tuzla, a New Year party was organized for the members of the Youth Group ORC Tuzla. During the evening, members and partners in the previous year, certificates were distributed as a confirmation of commitment throughout the year, for a better position of young people in our city and country. This was also an opportunity to mark the 5th anniversary of

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the Youth Group Youth Resource Center Tuzla. During January, a holiday for the members of the Youth group is planned. Hereby we want to use this occasion to wish for the best in the New 2018th year!

REGULAR ORC & HCA ACTIVITIES In December we worked on sustain and development of coordination and communication within the BIH Youth Network (www.omladina-bih.net). Within the confines of this we distributed interesting information for the youth and the youth activism in BiH on a daily basis to the mailing list of the network (posta@omladina-bih.net), but also on other addresses across Bosnia & Herzegovina and the region. We corresponded with organizations and the individuals appealed by the network's work and responded to queries about specific activities, education and all the other information about the activism of the youth in BiH.

HCA/ORC PLANS FOR JANUARY 2018th  Implementation of regular activities through the Youth Network in Bosnia & Herzegovina;  Preparation and a start of a partner project with PRONI Brcko and a Dutch organization ''Pax for Peace'' – ''Youth in a struggle against violence and extremism''. The project is supported by the Dutch embassy in Sarajevo, within the MATRA program.  Within the project ''YOUth 4 better future'', we plan on maintaining the workshops in Brcko, Vitez, Doboj and Tuzla  Preparation for the start of the media campaign within the ''Divided past – Joint future'' project supported by the European Union

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YOUTH NETWORK'S IN BIH MEMBERS' ACTIVITIES OO CENTAR – Mrkonjić Grad Ul. Svetoga Save 1, 70260 Mrkonjić Grad Tel./fax: +387 50 214 075 Mob. +387 65 710 833 E-mail: centar.mrkonjic@gmail.com Web: www.oocentar.org

Mission statement: OO «Centar» Mrkonjić Grad enables creation of better conditions for the life of young people through work, socializing and animating young people for participation in public life through: - public advocacy, - psycho-social and educational programs.

Rewards – The Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports awarded us a Plaque for Volunteer Contribution to the Republic of Srpska in 2012. – Youth Bank has awarded us the Golden Plaque for contribution and support in realization of projects of informal youth groups in Mrkonjic Grad We received our gratitude from the City Theater in Mrkonjic Grad, the "Vidik" Mountaineering Society, the Coalition "Pod lupom", the UG of the Blue Sphere, KUD "Petar Kocic", the Association of mushroom and nature lovers, the Green Movement Eco Movement, UG "Idea ", School of football" Montevideo ", Svetosavska Youth Community, CESVI, CARE, OSCE, UMCOR, OIA BIH (Lightning), Youth Council of Republika Srpska, Institute Perpetuum mobile…

20 years of the Youth Center Twenty years ago, on the 19th of December 1997th, in the devastated Mrkonjic Grad, a Youth Organization ''Center'' M. Grad was born. Borislav Djuric, the executive director of this organization pointed out it's no coincidence the name of the organization consists of the city it's from because mostly due to the affection towards it, an idea of ''Centre'' arose. To people who kickstarted it all, a belief of a better today and a better tomorrow was always lurking on the horizon. ''This is exactly why we must never forget such visionary people who fought for our future. Amongst those visionaries, I have to mention the deceased Stevan Stojicic, a professor but primarily a humanist who bravely challenged and dueled every problem. While he strived to renew life in the city, opening it up to the world he never forgot the youth. Furthermore, to a man of such stature, youth was a priority so he found means of joint action in

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rebuilding the Youth Center and in doing so the Youth organization ''Center'' Mrkonjic Grad started its work'', said Djuric. He also pointed out that after the death of Stojicic and the change of currents in the local policy, the organization was shamely evicted and the headquarters itself sold after a few years, ''since some individuals used the war in the 90s to learn how to sell things we value the most''.

'' The first activities of the 'Center' focused on the reconciliation and promotion of Mrkonjic Grad as the first open city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which contributed to finding funds for the reconstruction of the city and spiritual revival. One of the priorities was to offer an alternative to young people and to build a society that would not rest on the blatant differences that were used for the war, but to emphasize the similarities that people living here inevitably connect, despite the image created in public which especially for those post-war years, was very important, " explains Djuric. He emphasizes that in its 19 years of existence, "Center" has realized dozens of projects of general social interest, and it is immensely proud of the volunteers who, with their action and enthusiasm, presented all the tasks and left an indelible mark in our community. ''Out of all these projects, we especially emphasize the construction and equipping of a part of the Cultural Center. Through the activities that we organize in the Culture Center, hundreds of young people pass through the year. We also highlight the project: "Contribution to the strengthening of civil society organizations in improving the situation of people suffering from rare diseases in BiH", funded by the European Union. We are the founders of the Youth Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Youth Council of the Republic of Srpska, the ''I Volunteer'' network, the network of the Youth Centers of the Republic of Srpska and the Coalition of Organizations in Health of Bosnia and Herzegovina through which we actively participate in the creation of public policies. Through our work, we make a significant contribution to solving important social issues, making our organization recognizable throughout the country, but most importantly, contributes to our vision: young people have become an important factor in creating the cultural and public life of the community. He wishes to thank on behalf of the Organization and in his personal self everyone who has in any way participated in the development path of the ''Center''.

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Ul. 4. Viteške brigade 34 – 36 BA, 71210 Ilidža, Sarajevo Tel: +387 33 778 778. Fax: +387 33 778 79 E-mail: kult@mladi.org, web: www.mladi.org

New Year's Youth Strategy KS The Youth Strategy of Canton Sarajevo was sent to the Government of KS in late December. The writing of documents dealing with youth problems and at the same time offering solutions for the problems that young people have set as priorities, began in April this year. The creation of the final version of the draft was preceded by the organization of a Dialogue with Youth, an event that opened the dialogue between relevant institutions and organizations in seven different thematic areas: • Work, employment and youth entrepreneurship, • Education and youth science, • Youth social care, • Youth health protection, • Culture and sport, • Youth cctivism (participation, volunteering and mobility), • Youth safety. Data, recommendations and opinions collected during the event, the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of the Canton of Sarajevo used in drafting the Strategy for Youth of Sarajevo Canton. The strategy for Canton Sarajevo is done for the first time, and the document was created on the basis of the Analysis of the needs and problems of young people, which results were presented in January this year. The process of drafting the Strategy for Youth is coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of the Sarajevo Canton. The Institute for Youth Development KULT is an expert-advisory support to the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Canton Sarajevo for providing support in the process of drafting the Strategy for the youth of Sarajevo Canton.

Certificates for the third generation of professional associates dealing with youth Training for professional associates for work with young people, after preparation and testing, were held in Sarajevo on December 11th, 2017. Certificates were handed over. The appointment of a professional associate for youth work was given to thirteen new people from twelve different local communities from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a third generation of professional associates for youth work. Every participant took an exam but only the best ones received certificates. Professional associates for youth work (Youth workers) are people who provide meaningful and planned support to young people in the process of development and self-reliance in a way to assist them in social

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and personal development in order to become active members of the community. At the initiative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, the interest of a professional associate for youth work was included in the classification of occupations of the Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the training, the participants had the opportunity to learn and share their experiences in areas of organizational skills, social competences for youth work, advocacy skills, models and types of youth work in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond, youth involvement in decision-making processes and legislation for working with young people and in the field of volunteering. Milos Blagojevic, a trainee from Banja Luka, did not hide the fact he took the training very seriously and that he planned to use everything learned in his work with young people in his community, but also as the secretary of the Youth Council of Republika Srpska. He pointed out that non-formal education encourages him to be a better leader for the young people he works with, but that it also motivates him as a parent. This is the third generation of professional associates for working with young people with whom the Institute works in order to gain many quality and active professionals in youth work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our goal is to support people who work directly with youth in youth organizations and organizations dealing with youth, but also in other organizations and institutions in order to improve the position of youth in all parts of BiH.

Adults learn too In December, another module of training "Learn, Think and Act!" was held for adults. Training participants had the opportunity to apply many strategies and methods that encourage the development of critical thinking and problem solving. Learn, think and act! for adults is the training of non-formal education intended for adults who in formal education work directly with children and young people. This training program was created in response to the need to provide support to secondary school teachers in the development of competencies necessary for the successful planning and implementation of learning and teaching processes based on the principles of experiential learning, the usage of effective and relevant teaching methods and strategies and the creation of a safe and stimulating environment in which students will feel supported and motivated, and at the same time be trained to learn all their lives. The Institute, with its partners, organizes training for seven days (56 hours). Using this training, the Institute aims to support people working with young people and to improve their skills and knowledge for the development of youth work and youth in BiH. In addition to training, participants will also have practical work in their community. Through this module, students and learners learn how different techniques can be used in teaching in order to encourage young people to easily understand content in accordance with the context, but also to gain a sense of responsibility for learning and acquiring new skills and knowledge. The module deals with topics on how to ask good questions, what is cooperative learning and teaching and what is a responsibility to peers in the learning process.

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The Association for Social Research and Communication – UDIK Ul. GrbaviÄ?ka 51, 71000 Sarajevo Tel./fax: +387 33 978 600; +387 33 978 605 E-mail: official.udik@outlook.com; official.udik.brcko@outlook.com Web: www.udik.org; www.udik-brcko.org

UDIK: Promotion of the History manual The Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK) implemented a project aimed at contributing to building a culture of people's memory in BiH for the war of the nineties and preventing the unplanned and massive construction of monuments through education on monuments to victims of war that occurred during and after that period. The experts involved in the project worked on the preparation of an appropriate manual covering areas of history, transitional justice and monumental culture which was used during workshops with history teachers. The aim of the workshops was to pass a series of four lectures and to train lecturers that the knowledge they gain transfer to their students. The final activity of the project was the promotion of a manual called From Yugoslavia to Dayton Monuments and a culture of memory through the influence of socio - political systems. The promotion was organized on 9th December in Sarajevo on the Human Rights Day. Amra Custo, Cantonal Institute for the Protection of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage Sarajevo, Amir Duranovic and Edin Radusic, Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo, Edvin Kanka Cudic, UDIK Sarajevo and Nerzuk Curak, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo worked on this manual. In addition to the UDIK library, the manual is available in numerous libraries in BiH, the region, and in many European and US university libraries.

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High School students Association in BiH Ul. Mula Mustafe BaĹĄeskije 7, 71000 Sarajevo Tel/fax: +387 33 205 850 E-mail: asubih@yahoo.com Web: www.asubih.ba

The last month of this year in the Association of High School students was filled with various activities.

''Innovation Expo'' Over 60 high school students from over 60 local communities, on the day December 1st, 2017. participated in the IEEE (Inovation Expo), Innovation Fair Sypc Congress at the International Burch University in Sarajevo. High school students had the opportunity to get acquainted with innovative projects in the field of engineering, IT sector and other scientific fields, and in conversation with world renowned scientists and professors, they were introduced to potential future directions in continuing education.

''Gift your day to those who need it the most'' At the very beginning of the month, we traditionally marked 5.12 International Volunteer Day. 57 local teams of the Association of High School Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the group activities. Local team members volunteered in public institutions, businesses, NGOs and thus contributed to marking this significant date. This year's 5th of December had a slogan: "Gift your day to those who need it the most’’. In 60 local communities, a total of 300 members volunteered for the International Volunteer Day, 5th December. High school students gladly responded to the invitation to volunteer and provide their time and help to those who need it. We want to thank all members who were part of this celebration and again demonstrated the willingness and desire to contribute to their local communities. We also thank all the employers who accepted our invitation and helped us to mark this significant day with joint forces.

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''Endless friend'' Members of local teams Foca and East Sarajevo organized an exchange titled "Endless friends", on the home stay principle in the period of 22.12.-23.12. The exchange lasted for two days and was attended by 10 members from East Sarajevo and 3 members from Foca. The exchange idea grew with a goal of strengthening reations of local teams' members and as a support to the newlyfound team in Foca. The exchange started on 22th December when members of LT Foca attended LT East Sarajevo. They spent the day together in the office of AsuBiH, getting acquainted and hanging out. On the second day of the exchange, on December 23rd, high school students along with the facilitator Amar Kundalic worked hard on the research conducted by the Association of High School Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina entitled "Research on the Quality of Practical Teaching" and a team building workshop. These high school students also saw the need to raise funds and allow socially vulnerable children to receive packages. The distribution of the packages delighted all the attendees, and the parents of these children expressed their deep gratitude themselves. They've continued their exchange on 2nd of February, 2018th. On that day, LT East Sarajevo members will visit Foca and continue their activities as a part of the exchange. We expect members of both teams to be even more activated and motivated with the desire to make this year the best so far with their efforts!

Researching the quality of practical teaching The research we launched this year is nearly over. By the end of the year it is planned that all meetings in all cities will be completed so that we can publish the results of the research in the beginning of the year. For the next year, we have one big project to announce! So far, we have had "Friends without borders 1" and "Friends without borders 2". At the end of this year we carefully prepared the third part of this project! The third part differs from the first two, because we have now put emphasis on the cities that have the phenomenon ‘’Two schools under one roof''. With the New Year's arrival, we'll start with the preparatory meetings, and already in February we'll begin with the press conferences and the first exchanges.

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PRONI Center for Youth Development Ul. Mehmedagića 24, 76100 Brčko distrikt BiH Tel./Fax: +387 49 217 695 E-mail: pronibrc@teol.net www.pronibrcko.ba

''TRANSLATE EU'' in Belgrade with PRONI Center In the period from November 9yh to 11th 2017th, PRONI Center for Youth Development in cooperation with the ‘’Libero’’ association from Belgrade, gathered about 300 young people for a three-day event in Belgrade, involving young people from Skopje, Ljubljana, Brcko and Belgrade with the aim of elucidating the notion of EU integration process to young people and citizens. The workshops were intended for young people aged 18 to 30 years. All travel, accommodation and food expenses during the event were covered by the organizers, all within the EU program "Europe for Citizens". With the arrival of the participants in the hostel "Hollow Rock", hosts of the event organized the opening and Intercultural Night where, through the gathering and tasting of traditional dishes and drinks, they introduced themselves and cultures of their country to other participants. After the conference, the participants attended the workshops they had previously opted for. Workshops were on topics that are relevant to countries that are in the process of EU integration such as: Mobility, Entrepreneurship, Social Policy, Culture, Education, Citizens' Rights, Human Rights, Smart Cities, Science Research, Decentralization and many others. The workshops were held in Bosnian/Serbian and English. The tasks of the "Translate EU" workshops are to bring young people from different communities and cultures to one place so that united using their creative and innovative thinking explain EU policies to their citizens. One of the tasks is to create interactive content that local governments can use to increase citizens' involvement in the development of European citizenship, policies and values, and enable them to discuss with them more efficiently the Euroscepticism and the common future of Europe, as well as to equip the local communities with methods and ideas to take their role in communicating the benefits of EU integration to citizens. After the workshops, a meeting of representatives of local self-governments and partner organizations was held, where Srdjan Blazic signed a letter of intent with the representatives of the Belgrade Municipality of Vracar, the City of Ljubljana and the Skopje Municipality of Butel with the aim of developing municipalities, strengthening the relations among citizens in local communities, participation and creation of open, tolerant and inclusive societies. In addition to workshops and other activities, the participants had their free time to get to know Belgrade, as well as evening gatherings in "Serbian Beer House".

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Re:Generation – ''This is a land for us'' and free hugs Within the project re:Generation, young ambassadors of reconciliation in Sanski Most distributed free hugs on city streets by using personal names belonging to different ethnic groups. Such project was put into motion to determine whether and to what extent citizens have prejudices and whether they are willing to accept an embrace from a member of any ethnic group. They also visited a mosque, catholic and orthodox church in Sanski Most where they attended the ceremonies appropriate for each of the aforementioned religious buildings. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project, the symbolic name re: Generation, implemented by the International Republican Institute in BiH and the Magacin Kabara Association, aims to educate and motivate young people throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina to promote the reconciliation and coexistence of all people, especially among younger generations. Young ambassadors of reconciliation from 10 BiH cities of which one is Brcko District and our very own ambassador Dejan Radjen, who showed the highest affinity for the design and implementation of socially responsible activities in the first part of the program, were given tasks to create events that would help raise awareness of reconciliation in their own surroundings but wider also. In addition to this event in Sanski Most, a similar action was held on Friday in Prijedor, where about 40 citizens on the main square sang the famous hit group EKV "This is a land for us", while similar activities will be organized in the future within BiH cities. This is organized with a goal of raising awareness of coexistence, reconciliation and friendship among all ethnic groups in BiH but especially among the youth said the organizers.

PRONI Center on the conference in Malta In order to identify and illustrate the role of youth work in the prevention of radicalization that leads to violence, the four resource centers of SALTO together with the national agencies Erasmus + Youth in Action and the Partnership Youth EU-CoE have gathered to explore the phenomenon and work on a strategy for supporting youth workers in this area. Dejan Radjen presented our project Citizens Against Terrorism, as well as our current one Counter.ba Research conducted for this topic is available on this link. View the photographs from the conference “Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation” on their facebook page. The conference gathered over 100 participants from 20 European countries in the period of 27th November – 1st December, 2017that the db San Antonio hotel.

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The conference gathered following goals: 1) Explore the concept of radicalization in young people, its shape and manifestations and how youth work can play a role in its prevention, 2) Increase the understanding of the participants about the role of youth work in preventing violent radicalization and supporting the resilience and empowerment of young people, 3) Create a space for sharing inspirational practices among participants and identifying adaptations to existing practices, 4) Strengthen the links of youth work with related fields and sectors where cooperation is useful in order to achieve more on the subject of violent radicalization, 5) Explore support measures for Erasmus + Youth Chapter and other youth NGO programs working on the topic of the conference. Target group: 1) Practitioners active in the field of the prevention of violent radicalization from: NGOs working directly on this topic and working on related topics, Youth leaders Youth workers Public authorities Other sectors (schools, social work, community work etc.) 2) Relevant experience and expertise researchers 3) Relevant experience and expertise policy creators

Round table announcement ''Facing the problem of stigmatization and radicalization in BiH and the region'' Within the project "Fight against stigmatization through empowerment and change of attitudes", a round table was held on topic "Facing the problem of stigmatization and radicalization in BiH and the region".

New Youth Project – ''Think before you speak'' PRONI Center for Youth Development with the financial assistance of SHL Sarajevo is implementing the project "Think before you speak". The project will bring together 20 young people aged 15 to 30 who will deal with hate speech by applying a scenic art. The project lasts from 15.12.2017 to 30.06.2018. With the professional help of the director, 20 young people from Brcko will create a theater show that will point out the sources and the presence of this problem but in a creative manner. They will also offer possible solutions. In addition to acting, participants will have the opportunity to try out photography, PR, costumes and scenography. In addition to the premiere in Brcko, the participants will have the opportunity to perform the show in the 4 local communities of the Brcko District of BiH. After each performance, a round table will be organized during which the protagonists will hang out with the audience and be able to exchange views related to the issue, participation in the project and the process of creating a performance. Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/6IhEcxfkPlr27DRN2 Application Deadline is 15th of January 2018th.

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Courses for ERASMUS + project writing; youth from Tuzla, Ugljevik, Brcko, Zenica During December, we held two-day training projects for the Erasmus + Youth program for the countries of the Western Balkans with over 100 representatives of youth organizations and institutions dealing with youth from Tuzla, Ugljevik, BrÄ?ko and Zenica. The project was supported by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH together with PRONI Center as a Contact Point BiH Erasmus+ YOUTH, SALTO YOUTH South East Europe Resource Centre.

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YOUTH ORGANIZATION ‘’SVITAC’’ Ul. Jusufa Čampare bb, 76100 Brčko Distrikt BiH Tel./Fax: +387 49 211 032 E-mail: svitac@gmail.net Web: www.svitac.org FB: www.facebook.com/omladinska.svitac

Daily Workshops The Svitac Youth Organization continued its day-today activities in December. Participants were divided into two groups, children aged 4-7 attended each day from 11:00 to 13:00h, and those aged 8+ from 14:00 to 15:30h. For the first group, creative workshops were organized during the month, where the participants made reindeers, balls, greeting cards and ornamented chains with decorative paper. They also learned new words in English related to school supplies, family members, and written worksheets on these topics. They also learned the song "Jingle Bells". One day in the week was planned for a joint viewing of cartoons and competition games. The materials used for the realization of these workshops are glue, cardboard, collage paper, drawing blocks, wax paints, markers, wooden and water colors. The goal of these activities is to children develop their imagination and use it to express their vast creativity, but also to develop motoring and respect for others and to adopt good behavior. This month, 20 participants attended morning day workshops. The afternoon group follows the schedule that is different every day, trying to cover as many different topics and activities as possible. (age 8+). Mondays are scheduled for creative workshops and creative expression. This month the participants expressed their creativity through making various creations related to the New Year, using different materials. Tuesdays are English language workshops when participants learn vocabulary and grammar through communication exercises and various games. The topics that were present this month are autumn, parts of aircrafts and holidays. Turkish language workshop was scheduled for Wednesday and the topics that were covered were related to autumn, winter and holidays. Thursday are for creative workshops where the participants continued to make decorations for the Youth Center and thus presented their works to other participants and visitors. The German language workshop is scheduled for Friday where participants through games and team work have the opportunity to do their homework, improve communication and vocabulary, and learn additional words related to animals, seasons, weather through play or through the game of memory in German and socializing.

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The workshops are being held in the premises of the Brcko District Youth Center.

''Let's speak German'' – German language communicational workshops with native speakers German language workshops are held twice a week in the premises of the Youth Center Brcko District. Due to the different levels of language and grammar skills, participants are divided into two groups, in the beginner group (Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for Level A1) and advanced (Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm for A2, and 6:30 - 7:30 for B1 / B2). The workshops are intended for all who want to learn the basics of grammar but also to improve the already existing knowledge and acquire new experiences and acquaintances. The groups worked on texts adapted to their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar this month. Group A1 had presentation vocabulary exercices, accusative and modal verbs. Group A2 also had presentation vocabulary excercises but also irregular verbs, modal verbs and phrases tied to the term "Tolerance". Groups B1 / B2 worked on more complex texts, covering topics such as economics, banking, cash or bank card payments and traditional Christmas customs in Germany.

''I love English'' – English language communicational workshops with native speakers English language workshops are held every Wednesday in the premises of the Youth Center Brcko District from 19:00 to 20:00. English language communication workshops are intended for anyone who wants to learn the basics of grammar, the usage of everyday phrases and other elements but also to improve the existing knowledge and acquire new experiences and acquaintances.

''Let's learn Turkish'' – Turkish language communicational workshops with native speakers Turkish language workshops are held on Wednesdays in the premises of the Youth Center Brcko District from 18:00 to 19:00h. The workshops are intended for all who want to learn the basics of grammar, the usage of everyday phrases and other elements, but also to improve the already existing knowledge and acquire new experiences and acquaintances. Participants have so far had the opportunity to adopt the Turkish alphabet, personal pronouns, and presentation phrases to conduct simple dialogues and to adopt vocabulary on topics of the seasons, colors, days of the week and months. They also worked on the Present Tense.

Guitar workshops The participants of the guitar workshop continued with their regular activities to train new techniques, compositions and duets.

Samba workshops Participants of this workshop practiced the compositions from the previous months ("Funk", "Drunken pirate", "Samba Reggae"), and last but not least, practiced two new ones ("Sirens of Titan" i "Probo").

Tolerance and Cultural diversity through Music, Art and Sport 2017 The project was financed by the Government of the Brcko District. Within the project a series of musical, creative and sports workshops were held that promoted cultural diversity, values of tolerance and mutual respect. By participating in such events creative expression, the international engagement and the joint work of the participants in the construction and maintenance of a culture of reconciliation have been encouraged, providing space for children and young people for creative and educational learning

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in order to strengthen respect for the community to which they belong. The project lasted from November 27th to December 16th, 2017 and was held in the Brcko District, in the premises of the Youth Center. The project directly involved 60 children, teenagers and young people from Brcko District.

During the project's timeline,a short video was shot which can be viewed by using the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1DXIucbGuk&t=20s

New Year's party Youth organization Svitac officially closed the project "Tolerance and cultural diversity through music, art and sport 2017" on 16th of December via the event "New Year's Party", which took place in the premises of the Youth Center. New Year's party started at 6:00 pm for the age of 8+. With the help of international and local volunteers, the Svitac Youth Organization organized an interesting program for workshop participants but also their friends and parents. First part of the program presented musical activities, classical compositions on guitars and flutes, then a small choir and a musical singing group with performances in English. In the second part of the party, two stations were held where the participants had the opportunity to participate in various competition games, by creating a New Year's greeting card or decorating a 'Wishing Tree' with handwritten wishes. In the large hall of the Youth Center, an exhibition of all the works which were created in the past weeks of the project was set up. In the final part of the party there was a competition where various awards were distributed. New Year's party was attended by more than 120 guests.

The continuation of all regular activities in January is planned within the ''Svitac'' Youth Organization.

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International Center for youth and children FORTIS Ul. Suljo Čilić bb, 88420 Jablanica Tel./fax: +387 63 334 993, +387 61 327 427 E-mail: centarfortis@yahoo.com Web: www.centar-fortis.org International Center for Youth and Children ''Fortis'' wishes for the best of everything in the New 2018th Year to all our members, donors and anyone who supports the work of our organizations.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS / INFORMATION / DONORS / INVITATIONS Heartefact Foundation Heartefact Foundation contributes to building a democratic and responsible society by empowering the civil sector and developing philanthropic practices and a culture of handing out in our society. We encourage the development of philanthropy and the culture of giving as important instruments for improving communities and society as a whole. Through the development of innovative philanthropic practices, such as the Art Friendly program, Heartefact builds trust in the foundations and promotes the value of individual benefits for the common good. Through the small grants program, the Foundation supports the development of critical and independent thinking as well as the promotion of human rights, tolerance, equality, protection of minorities' rights, intercultural dialogue and regional cooperation. We support organizations and initiatives from the territory of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo that recognize local needs and bring positive social and political changes in the midst. More information: http://www.heartefact.org/staradimo/fondacija/#kako-aplicirati

USA Embassy project calls The US Embassy in BiH has published four calls for projects within a period of 12th to 26th January. The application must be written in English. These are just the unofficial translations of the Peace Building Network to help you understand and prepare the application. For more information, contact the Embassy via links further down. Project invitations: Small grants program of the Democratic Commission Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth Program (IERY) for youth camp projects Small grants program of women empowerment Small grants program for Youth and Interethnic reconciliation

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ORC & YN in B&H monthly bulletin 223 - december 2017  
ORC & YN in B&H monthly bulletin 223 - december 2017  
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