Who we are

A network of 20 youth organizations from Western Balkan and Turkey whose objective is to ensure greater involvement of young people in Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Youth Bank Hub Western Balkan and Turkey (YBHWBT) was initialy founded in 2016 by five youth organizations: Centre for Change and Conflict Management (Albania), Mladiinfo International (Macedonia), Prima Asociation (Montenegro), Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation (Serbia) and Community Volunteers (Turkey).

What we do

We collect data on youth position, monitor and follow the involvement of youth in all countries. We support youth policy changes to achieve higher participation of young people in political, economic and social life in each country.





What is Youth Bank?

Youth banks are local organizations of young people who design and run their own projects by themselves but, also, support other youth local initiatives in fundraising, project managing and promotion of their projects. The particular value of the model is that it brings together local municipalities, business sector and young people.



YBHforWBT in Arandjelovac, Central Serbia

Joint visit to Arandjelovac, town in central Serbia, was organized during the last day of study visit of YBHforWBT members, Wednesday June 27th. The aim of the visit was to learn more about Youth Bank model in Serbia. This model, applied in Divac Youth Founds, developed in 11 municipalities in Serbia, was presented by Željko Mitkovski, representative of Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. YBHforWBT representatives have visited gymnasium “Miloš Savković” and learn more about the actual project “Lab fit for high school students”. They have, also, met representatives of civil society organization “Children in the Heart” and karatists from local sport ...

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Round table about youth participation at the local level organized in Belgrade

Central event within the study visit of YBHforWBT representatives to Serbia – round table “Youth participation at the local level in Western Balkan and Turkey: challenges and perspectives” – was organized in the Palace of Serbia on June 26th. Key speakers at this event were: Sem Fabrici, Ambassador of the EU in Serbia, Darko Stanić, State Secretary in the Ministry for Youth and Sport, Žarko Stepanović from the Office for the Cooperation with Civil Society and Ana Koeshall, Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation Director. All participants have concluded that the most vulnerable categories of young people in this region are those from rural ...

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YBHforWBT visited Serbian Ministry for Youth and Sport

  YBHforWBT representatives had an opportunity to visit Serbian Ministry for Youth and Sport, as a part of the study visit to Serbia. They have talked to Zorica Labudović, who is in charge for cooperation with the associations and local offices for the youth all over Serbia. The curiosity of this Ministry is that this governmental body is, basically, founded after advocacy campaign of youth organizations, 11 years ago. YBHforWBT members could hear more details about Law of Youth, what was especially important for our colleagues from Macedonia and Montenegro, since this law is currently in the procedure in both countries. ...

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Youth from YBHforWBT network in Obrenovac

  As a part of their study visit to Serbia, representatives of YBHforWBT have visited Obrenovac, local municipality near Belgrade, which is a good example of cooperation between local community and youth initiatives. YBHWBT representatives have met Miloš Stanojević, member of the City Council, in charge for youth and representatives of the Youth Council of the municipality and the Local Office for Cooperation with Youth, representatives of Sport Cultural Centre, officials from the high schools and local students parliaments. Bojana Jevtović from Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation says that guests were mostly interested in types of youth programs local community supports, in ...

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YBHforWBT representatives in study visit to Serbia

More than 30 youth activists from five countries included in Youth Bank Hub Western Balkan and Turkey (YBHforWBT) have visited Serbia from 25th to 27th June 2018, within the study visit planned and organized by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. They have met relevant youth policy makers and stakeholders at national and local level in Serbia, as well as youth and civil society organizations. Within this study visit, guests have visited municipalities Obrenovac and Aranđelovac and met youth activists from those local communities. They have, also, met officials from Ministry for Youth and Sport of Government of the Republic of Serbia, ...

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Second Europe - Western Balkans Youth Meeting: The Berlin Process - A New Impetus for Youth Work?

From the 23rd until 25th of May in Podgorica, Montengro, SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre together with the German, Macedonian and Slovenian National Agencies for Erasmus+ organized the Western Balkans Youth Meeting entitled: The Berlin Process - a new impetus for youth work? More than 70 participants coming from all WB countries and Europe, presenting youth organizations, national institutions and authorities had the chance to discuss national and regional youth policies in the field of youth participation and engagement; civic (non-formal) education with a European dimension and social inclusion; thematic areas where youth work can make a difference. The stakeholders and ...

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Local Democracy Camp Vlore

In the framework of the “Local Democracy Week 2018”, Partners Albania for Change and Development organized on May 8-10, 2018 the “Local Democracy Camp”, in Vlora, which was attended by 23 young activists of southwestern cities of Albania, representtaives of high schools, universities, youth NPOs, public institutions, private sector, media etc.   The program designed and delivered by local and regional experts, contributed to the enhancement of knowledge and skills on participatory governance; legal frame and techniques enabling and facilitating youngsters, inclusion in decision-making and policy making processes; gain knowledge on community mobilization strategy and draw an active planning among different involved ...

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First capacity building training is realised!

TOG have realized the “PRAG Procedures and Reporting Rules”  capacity building training for the sub-grantees with the participation of project teams. After presentations on the PRAG procedures, subgrantees are invited to be part of “the simulation session” in order to provide them a realistic presentation on what they will face during the project implementation. The sub-grantees are working for empowerment of different youth groups including young refugees, young people under state-care, young romas.    

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Tog gave a start to Youth Week

  On 27-29th of April, In Izmir “Youth Week Coordination Meeting” was realized.  23 different youth organisations of TOG are gathered in order to examine youth problems as well as to strengthen their participation in economic, social and political processes in their main theme of the workshop. Community volunteers have identified the following problem areas within varied sessions at the workshop during three days. The main problem areas as coorindation team named area as follows: Not-Youth-Friendly Cities Young Unemployment and Internship Processes Educational Problems The Economic Situation Of Youth Not being included in the decision making process   TOG will continue to consult ...

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Youth Bank Hub for Western Balkan and Turkey network members meeting in Budva, Montenegro

Training for Youth Banks Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey network members was held in Budva, Montenegro from 23rd to 25th April. The main topic of the training was creating methods for monitoring and evaluation of new members in the network. The training was led by Lidija Brnovic, an expert in the field of monitoring and evaluation. One of the outcomes of the training is youth participation index in the part of social participation being improved and specified, as well as agreement on the second annual research in the member states of network. Main outcome of the training is a list of indicators ...

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