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, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Youth Bank Hub Western Balkan and Turkey (YBHWBT) was initialy founded in 2016 by five youth organizations: Partners Albania for Change and Development (Albania), Mladiinfo International (North 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.



“Youth Movement” project

During July 2019, the winning project of the group of students of “28 November" high school that participated in “Youth Camp” in Shkodra developed the “Book Map” website. This website aims in the creation of a virtual map of books available in public and private libraries of the city of Shkodra, in order to facilitate the access for young people especially those in rural and urban areas in finding them.Link of the website: https://hartaelibrit.e-agence.site/ 

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Young people in Montenegro are still active during Covid19 pandemic

Group of young Montenegrins started online Campaign “Nisi moj_stereoTIP” with a goal to fight stereotypes. We spoke to them and asked them to tell us more about it.“We are aware and we are witnesses of the fact that prejudices slow down people's lives. They diminish empathy and create a wall among people. Why? For an instant sense of comfort or to raise your own ego? How many times have you felt pleasure in your skin for freeing yourself from prejudice? Satisfaction with the opportunity, looking at the situation from another angle. Imagine a world where people would feel the same ...

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Young people are helping fight the Coronavirus crisis in Serbia

The scholarship holders of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, who volunteer for at least 4 hours every month have sent their personal stories and experiences about volunteering during the #Covid19 pandemic. Our young people of Serbia have shown courage by providing assistance in various ways, including aiding the elderly, giving their peers free online classes, volunteering at the Red Cross of Serbia, and some individuals sewed protective masks for their fellow Serbian citizens. These are just a few examples of the many ways, the scholarship holders of the foundation selflessly gave their time during the past 9 weeks. 

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Tvoj glas je bitan

Young people in Montenegro launched campaign #TvojGlasJeBitan – Your voice matters

The #TvojGlasJeBitan – Your voice matters campaign began as a reaction to the results of the 2018 elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, launched on January 5, 2020, by young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although the turnout of young people that year was very close to the European average, young people felt that their country needed much more than the average. The campaign is focused on positive rhetoric, and modern ways of communication and marketing, with the aim of increasing turnout in the next elections, with a focus on young people. The turnout of young people was around 49%, while ...

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Montenegro: NEET in COVID19/ POSTCOVID19 situation

Neet rate in Montenegro was 21 %, according to our research from 2018. At this point, has anything changed? We survived to lock downtime of Corona pandemic, and now we are not running home at 11 pm, we are not afraid of virus chasing us, but also getting back to our daily schedules and normal life? Did this widespread danger had Its influence on the life of regular Youngsters?We are talking to Young people in Montenegro about COVID19 effect to their education, training and work.Elvis Berisha, executive director of Phiren Amenca, Roma Youth organization pointed out that:„At this moment nobody ...

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North Macedonia: Online Open Discussion ” Resilience and Sustainability of the Youth Sector in Times of Pandemic”

On the invitation of OSCE Serbia, Mladiinfo International was among the speakers in the online open discussion dedicated to the” Resilience and Sustainability of the Youth Sector in Times of Pandemic”. Mladiinfo presented the situation of the youth sector in North Macedonia, mapping positive stories of action and emphasizing the need for a quick response of the institutions, and the national and international donors towards mitigating the consequences of COVID-19 sector on both, the youth organizations and young people as well. The discussion outcomes were in line with creating regional and approach and recommendations for the WB region, intending to ...

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‘3.2 Million People May Become Unemployed Due to the Covid-19 Outbreak in Turkey'

According to a report from the Istanbul Institute of Political Studies (Istanpol), the number of people unemployed in the worst-case scenario in Turkey could reach 3 million 200 thousand. Out of these 3.2 million people, 2 million are paid employees and 1 million 200 thousand are casual employees.Prof. Dr. Öner Günçavdı from İstanbul Technical University (ITU) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşe Aylin Bayar and Prof. Dr. Haluk Levent from Bilgi University analyzed the best and worst-case scenarios for Turkey in this report. According to the report, the unemployment rate rises to 19.8 percent in the optimistic scenario and 25.9 percent ...

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Serbia: WB&T for EmploYouth

“WB&T for EmploYouth” Project is carried out by five youth organizations from these countries, specifically. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, we continue with the positive energy and good spirit at the start of the second edition of our great partnership with the partners. We set the pillars of this project, discussing activities for the first year and next steps, as well as brand identity, promotion, and communication strategy.Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, together with partners NVO Prima, Community Volunteers Foundation, Partners Albania for Change and Development and Mladiinfo during the next four years, we will work on strengthening regional collaboration, participatory democracies and ...

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Youth Movement – A new page for local communities in Albania

Partners Albania is implementing “Youth Movement – A new page for local communities” project, which aims to create a movement of youth across Albania through educating youngsters with the sense of voluntarism, activism, and responsibility, as well as strengthen the relationship between youth and local communities for a stronger democracy.Through this action, four projects designed by groups of youngsters of four different high schools in Shkodra and Vlora are being implemented. More specifically:Information and entertainment only "One Radio" away from us - the winning project in Shkodra - developed by youngsters of "Oso Kuka" high school.This initiative aims to increase ...

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Research Study “Challenges and Needs of the Youth Civic Sector in North Macedonia in Times of COVID -19 Pandemic”

Considering the serious situation of Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the youth civil society sector in North Macedonia, Mladiinfo International together with 7 partner organizations from the Brain-Drain Prevention Network, has conducted a research study on the “Challenges and Needs of the Youth Civic Sector in Times of COVID -19 Pandemic”.The results of the study identified the main needs of 40 youth organizations and produced generated recommendations that showed the key sectors and proposed methods of inclusion in the state’s support measures. The recommendations and suggestions were submitted to the most relevant institutions in the Republic of North Macedonia ...

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