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 Participation Index 2019

Find the report here: https://ybhwbt.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Report-2019-R.pdfYouth Participation Index (YPI), measures the level of opportunity for young people to be involved in the decision-making processes. The YPI consists of three pillars: political participation of young people, social participation of young people and economic participation of young people.The findings from YPI 2019 show that young people are still largely excluded from the prevailing social, economic and political processes, although there was some evidence of progress. Based on the identified challenges concerning absence of relevant youth-sensitive data and the low level of youth participation, this report outlines key recommendations.

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Youth Movement – A New Page for Local Communities

“Youth Movement – A New Page for Local Communities” is a new initiative of Partners Albania. This four-year initiative that started in 2019, aims to create a movement of young people across Albania, by educating them with a sense of voluntarism, activism, and responsibility, as well as strengthening the relationships between youth and local communities towards a stronger democracy. The youngsters participating in these camps will build their skills on how to identify and develop grassroots initiatives.The second round of Youth Camps was organized during October – November 2020, in Durrës, Pogradec, Elbasan and Tirana, attended by 80 youngsters from ...

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Youth Participation Index Montenegro – we measured the level of Youth participation in Montenegro in 2019.

Youth Participation Index is a unique method for measuring the level of young people participate in decision-making processes. This is a particular monitoring tool used within the project Youth Hub for Western Balkan and Turkey. Through Youth Participation Index method, we monitored and followed three dimensions of youth participation in this region – political, economic, and social participation.Before COVID19 crisis, we measured Economic participation of Young people in Montenegro and some of the findings for 2019. are following:NEET rate in Montenegro slightly decreased in 2018. – 21.% when compared to 2016. – 22%, but it is still the same in ...

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Youth Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey initiate joint collaboration of region CSF projects in Serbia

One of the biggest challenges in the Western Balkans and Turkey is the lack of communication and cooperation between actors at all levels. In particular, there is a lack of coordination between similar initiatives and large international projects targeting specific target groups. Considering that, the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation on behalf of the Network initiated a gathering of coordinators of projects funded by the European Commission within of the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme (regional CSF projects).Organizations and projects that took part and supported the initiative are: Belgrade Open School - Western Balkan Civil Society Organisations for Youth Employment ...

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North Macedonia

Working Meeting with the Director of the Agency for Youth and Sport

Representatives from Association for education Mladiinfo International had a meeting in November with the Director of the Agency for Youth and Sports, Naumche Mojsovski, accompanied by the Advisors of the Prime Minisiter Zaev, Gjorgji Tasev and Milan Zivkovic. At the meeting, Mojsovski explained the priorities and activities of the Agency that will be implemented in the upcoming period and emphasized that youth and youth organizations will be involved in all decision-making processes.In addition, the director pointed out that dialogue and cooperation with youth organizations is a top priority of the Agency and will ensure the involvement of young people in ...

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Rebranding time – we have a new name and new logo

After 4 years of existence, the coordination board of the network and the PR team of the network found that rebranding and a little improvement is needed.After extensive consultations with partners at the local, we decided to change the name. From December 1, 2020, the new name of the network is:Youth Hub Western Balkans and Turkey

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Baseline - North Macedonia

A new Baseline study for Youth (un)employment in North Macedonia was created and promoted by Association for education Mladiinfo International within the frame of the project Western Balkan and Turkey for EmploYouth

North Macedonia is constantly facing high number in youth un employability (30,5%)* and high rates of NEET (24,5%)*. This is the most recent data from 2019 year.Mladiinfo worked on this topic and is glad to announce that a new baseline study is available within the project WB&T for EmploYouth. The study examines the pressing issue of Youth (un) employment in North Macedonia with specific analysis and focuses on the NEET and vulnerable youth. If you are interested you can read the whole study here: https://bit.ly/3e4V9ZZ  The project WB&T for EmploYouth is financed by European Union. The project is under leadership ...

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North Macedonia

Conference: How Macedonian institutions managed the brain drain during 2013-2020?

On 21st of October in Skopje the Conference: How Macedonian institutions managed the brain drain during 2013-2020? was held and organized by the Network for prevention of brain drain.We are proud that Mladiinfo International was part of it and had representatives as one of the key speakers. Marjan Icoski the Program Manager of Association for education Mladiinfo International is the author of the public policy document and during this conference, he presented the paper and pointed out the recommendations and measures to prevent brain drain.During the conference, it was also presented the analysis of the implementation of the National Strategy ...

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International Youth Day - August 12

12 August was designated as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in promoting human rights and development. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth. The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their ...

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Youth empowerment through Online Learning in time of Covid-19 pandemics

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemics caused sudden closure of schools and universities, limiting the personal contacts and classroom learning. In times of hard restrictions as prevention measures, the need for online learning grew and is still growing immensely. As a proactive and youth-friendly platform, Mladiinfo in the period of March to June, organized a campaign for online learning, carefully selecting and proposing new ways of online education such as MOOCs, articles, podcast, etc. on how to “learn to learn online”, how to be more productive, how to get the best of the situation of the pandemic, how to protect ...

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