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.



Conference: Creating a framework for sustainability of youth programs on local and national level

A conference "Creating a Framework for theSustainability of Youth Programs at Local and National Level" was held inPetrovac from December 23 to 25, 2018 in Petrovac. The conference was organizedin cooperation with the Directorate of Youth of the Ministry of Sports and it wasinitiated through a regional project, The Youth Bank Hub for the WesternBalkans and Turkey, implemented in Montenegro bz NGO Prima, thanks to thefinancial support of the European Union.The event was attended by representatives of theMinistry of Sports, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Science, localself-governments and youth offices, municipal secretariats responsible for theimplementation of youth ...

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The General Data Protection Regulation - Update your consent preferences

Effective May 25, 2018, privacy laws changed in the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a new law that is designed to give individuals control over how their personal information is used and stored. Protection of personal data is a fundamental human right. We have adapted our privacy policy to make it clear exactly how we manage your personal information. You can read it here www.divac.com You’re receiving this email because you requested to receive updates from us about our work. If you are a citizen of EU, please update your consent preferences. We look forward to staying in touch. Let's continue doing good…together!

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Youth participation Index 2017 (YPI) presented in December

YBH4WBT Network has been monitoring the position of young people in Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Turkey and published Youth Participation Index (YPI) for 2017 in all countries. On this occasion every country - member of the network had been organized event on national level.Youth Participation Index is unique method for measuring the level of opportunity the young people have, to be involve in decision-making process. YPI is using tree dimensions of participation,while every dimension consists of the set of indicators: political participation, social participation, economic participation. More information about the YPI in each country, you may find on https://ybhwbt.eu/youth-participation-index/

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Happy New Year

YBH4WBT network wish you happy holidays! We've got great plans for 2019 and we're determined to continue to improve everything we do.Improving communication between the state institutions and young people at the national and local levels is necessary.  Also we hope that we would establish youth institutional network (councils/parliaments/unions) which ensures the participation of young people in the decision making process.Youth Bank Hub has been recognized as one of the most effective solutions for increasing participation of young people at local levels. It is necessary to change the paradigm that young people are a big problem in this region and create ...

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Problems of young entrepreneurs in Montenegro

For young entrepreneurs inMontenegro, in addition to a clear vision and sustainable ideas, for therealization of business, financial support in the form of loans is alsonecessary. The conditions for obtaining loans are often very demanding,although it is expected that young entrepreneurs will have benefits. Thesolution could be the opening of alternative funds with more flexibleconditions.The President of the Union ofYoung Entrepreneurs of Montenegro (UMPCG), Uros Bulatovic, believes thatsecurity funds as a condition of the Investment Development Fund (IRF) are oneof the major problems in obtaining loans. Bulatovic said that young peopleoften do not have a real estate that could guarantee ...

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Policy research development training program for sub grantees

Collecting real evidence,analyzing and answering specific issues and questions, to widen theunderstanding of the issue and add further knowledge, is a periodic process foreach organization in order to be able to achieve its social goals and missionin overall and specifically in building strong and real advocacy campaign orimplement project interventions. For this purpose, Albanian newestmembers of YBH4WBT network, on October 2018, received a detailed trainingprogram on policy research development. The training focused on how to properselect a research approach based on the targeted topic, the research and studymethodology, research sampling, article/research policy structure, use ofstrong research reference etc. The participants ...

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Strategic planning as a tool for sustainable results

In September, Albanian YBH4WBT network members were engaged in a challenging program training such as Organization Strategic Planning.  What is the organization doing and is it taking the right steps and pattern for achieving its mission? were the two key questions to answer and work on.  Strategic planning process helps organizations in addressing these questions, providing a sense of direction and outlining measurable goals. It is a useful tool for guiding day-to-day decisions and also for evaluating progress and changing approaches when moving forward. During the training, each of the grantee organization, assisted by the PA experts, conducted a detailed ...

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Trening CG

Capacity budilding trainings for new Montenegrin members of YBH4WBT finished!

Capacity budilding trainings for newMontenegrin members of YBH4WBT finished!From July till early October Primaorganized 5 moduls od capacity buidling trainings for new Montenegrin membersof Youth Bank Hub for Western Balkan and Turkey. Since grantees alerady haveheard a lot of youth bank model during study visit in june, we decided tochoose another topic for fifth modul. Needs of our grantees showed their highinterest to be more prepared for public appereance and interviews as well as inyouth services and quality ensurance. First day we devoted to publicapperienace skills and main chalenge was to record interviews and then todiscuss in plenum what was ...

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Youth Wiki Encyclopedia

The Youth Wiki is Europe’s online encyclopedia in the area of national youth policies. The platform is a comprehensive database of national structures, policies and actions supporting young people. It covers the eight main fields of action identified in the 2010-2018 EU Youth Strategy: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, voluntary activities, social inclusion, youth and the world, and creativity and culture. The main objective of the Youth Wiki is to support evidence-based European cooperation in the field of Youth. It does so by providing information on national policies in support of young people – in ...

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Youth Guarantee in Macedonia

The Ministry for Labor and Social Policy, together with the National Employment Agency and more than 20 youth organizations in August officially started the realization of the project Youth Guarantee. The youth guarantee is an active employment measure for young people implemented in the EU countries since 2012 and applies to young unemployed people up to 29 years and already finished their high school or university education. Macedonia is the first non-EU country from the South East Europe region to implement this measure and in its first pilot phase the Guarantee includes the municipalities of Skopje, Strumica and Gostivar. The ...

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