9.

Dear friends, colleagues, youth and youth workers,

After a very trying and difficult year due to the COVID 19 pandemic that has affected the lives of each and every one of us: our families, our lives, our work and our project, we would like to announce the organization of Closing Conferences and Multiply events in our partner countries.

Despite the difficulties which we all faced, we have managed to organize and successfully conduct all the foreseen project activities.

We would like to invite you to the final two-day activity and take the opportunity to present to you our project results.

The Closing Conference and Multiply events will be organized according to the following schedule:

23-24.10.2020

Kraljevo – Serbia

Kursumlija – Serbia

Visegrad – Bosnia and Herzegovina

26-17.10.2020

Plovdiv – Bulgaria

Elin Pelin – Bulgaria

Budapest – Hungary

Athens – Greece

For detailed information please contact the local partner organization regarding the venue and the agenda.

 

8.

Dear Friends,

After several months of delays due to restrictions and limitations caused the COVID 19 and respecting of all the containment measures taken at national levels, we are happy to announce that project activities will be launched again.

As part of the project ˝Networks for Youth – Brighter Partners for Brighter Future˝, funded by Erasmus + Programme, Large Scale Events will be organized in three of the participating partner countries.

The three day events will be organized 25th -27th June, 2020 in Kursumlija, Serbia; 28th – 30th June, 2020 in Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina and 15th – 17th July in Elin Pelin, Bulgaria.

The gatherings will be an opportunity for participants from different stakeholder groups such as: civil society organizations, representatives of the local self-government and institutions and other interested stakeholders to gain insight in to the project results up to now. The event will be an opportunity for participants to get information on projects which have been designed within the project, partnerships which have been established, effects of conducted training courses, best practices in the field of youth workers, mechanisms for strengthening youth involvement, increasing interest of youth in volunteering, etc. During the three day event participants will be able to learn about potential jobs and voluntary positions in the civil society organizations. It will also be an opportunity to discuss new initiatives to expand cooperation and collaboration between civil society organizations, with the local authorities and also to use project partner network for establishing contacts and partnerships with relevant organizations in other countries.

We would like to stress that if new containment measures should be made which would affect the implementation of the planned activities, information will be posted on the project website.

For information on the premises and schedule feel free to contact Balkan Development Center by E-mail: balkanskirc@gmail.com

All participants at the events will be obligated to respect the protection measures and social distancing measures recommended in the host country.

Agenda for Elin Pelin, for agendas for Kursumlija and Visegrad, please contact us.

Day 1 (15.07.2020)

Timing

Topic

10.00 – 10.30

WELCOME SPEECH of the ELIN PELIN MAYOR – IVAILO SIMEONOV to the citizens of ELIN PELIN and the guests

10.30 – 11.00

WELCOME SPEECH of MILENA SERGEEVA – HEAD OF EU PROJECT DEPARTMENT UNIT to the local youth and youth organizations guests in the event

11.00 -11.15 

Welcome SPEECH of NAHPU for presentation of the  Project “Networks for Youth – Brighter Partners for Brighter Future”

·         short presentation of the agenda of the event

·         short presentation of the youth NGOs identified during the project activities and their local projects in Bulgaria

short presentation of the project partnering organizations from the other partner countries

11.15 – 12.00

PRESENTATION OF THE NAHPU YOUTH LARGE SCALE ACTIVITIES from MRs Neshka Kirkova – HEAD OF YOUTH PROJECT VOLUNTARY NETWORK OF NAHPU

·         CO-vid situation and the importance of voluntary youth work – presentation of the project NEW HEROES / disabled youth from NAHPU work as psychology supporters, advisors and coordinators for adults across 8 cities in Bulgaria/

Presentation of the project EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES for all – nationwide project coordinated from NAHPU and the MINSITRY of LABOUR AND SOCIAL POLICY / under the OP/ for self-help groups, yoga, meditation and training activities for better integration of people with disabilities

 

GROUP LUNCH and OPEN AIR PLANNER for warm up of the participating youth, youth organizations and youth workers from the NGO and public institutions represented

 

Discussion – Group Reflection

Day 2 (16.07.2020)

Timing

Topic

10:00-14:30

OPEN AIR planner in small groups – mixing youth, local citizens and experts from the NGO sector and the municipality – brainstorming on organization of large scale event for  support of vulnerable people from volunteers

·         Presentation of NAHPU YOUTH VOLUNTEER CORPUS and 3 key youth leaders who describe the situation of vulnerable people affected from the CO-vid crisis in the municipality.

·         Presentation of voluntary campaign for supporting 30 vulnerable people / age 14-90/ – youth without parents, adult people without relatives, single mum families with more than 5 children. 

·         Preliminary preparation of the participating youth workers for definition of the needs of the affected people, definition of the type of help which could be provided within and after the large scale event

·         Discussions on the resources needed from the municipality such as food, and potential local donors, also analyses on the voluntary support – such as advising, discussions and continuous communications with the affected and supported groups after the large scale event

15:30-19:00

TESTING YOUTH VOLUNTEERING together – the participating youth workers  separated in groups of 15 visit, meet with affected vulnerable ELIN PELIN citizens and conduct the voluntary small test project developed in the previous panel   

19:00-20:30

Building long term relations with youth formal and non-formal networks – concert and presentation of ELIN PELIN local fests and cultures and THE POTENTIAL OF FOLK SONGS to support and enrich youth voluntary projects /

FAIR OF YOUTH WORKERS  

WORKSHOPs on partnerships building

20:30-21:30

ERASMUS+, EUROPEAN UNION – and the importance of solidarity, support and volunteering in the CO-vid situation.

IN PANELS – FAIR OF NGOs and interested organisations to be involved in the NETWORK for BRIGHTER FUTURE / stands with brochures, information materials and information desks of 10 youth NGOs involved in the project Networks for youth – Brighter partners for brighter future

YOUTH POTENTIAL for volunteering and YOUTH and IT opportunities in the crises 

Day 3 (17.07.2020)

Timing

Topic

10:00-13:30

Short review of the LARGE SCALE EVENT

OPEN FORUM where each participant can share observations on the working with vulnerable people, the benefits and needs identified during the voluntary campaign.

10:30-15:00

CREATING NETWORKS for BRIGHTER FUTURE / distribution of information brochures across the ELIN PELIN municipality citizens   and creative presentations of the youth organizations – each from the 10 youth NGOs involved will have time and materials for creative presentation of their activity and small local projects to the ELIN PELIN citizens 

15:00-20:30

CREATIVE PRESENTATIONs of 10 YOUTH NGOs supported from NAHPU and ELIN PELIN municipality

FOCUSES:

YOUTH LOCAL PROJECTS

YOUTH FOR YOU – projects where youth volunteers support disabled and vulnerable people

YOUTH for mobility, democracy and solidarity – INTERNATIONAL and ERASMUS+ projects conducted from youth NGOs, and ELIN PELIN and their impact on the citizens

ERASMUS + and the current CO-vid situation – opportunities for youth volunteering

20:30- 21:00

 Experience with local youth networks  – group reflections, informal discussions and dinner provided from the partners

 

7.

Dear Friends,

Immediately after our 5th Transnational Training Course, which was held in Kraljevo from 11th – 15st March, 2020, restrictions in travel, gatherings and health precautions have been imposed in all project partner countries due to the COVID 19 pandemic situation.

We will keep you posted regarding project activities.

PLEASE KEEP SAFE and let’s hope this will all end soon.

 

6.

Dear colleagues,

The first year of project implementation has flown by. We sincerly hope that you all enjoyed our joint work and time spent together. As 2019 comes to an end it is an opportunity to look back as see what we have done in the last year and what we have achieved, but also, more importantly it is an opportunity to for us to look ahead into 2020 and see what we want to achieve in the next year.

During 2019, through our project we have done so much. It has enabled us not only to establish cooperation and networks with partners and organizations from other countries but has enabled us to make new friendships, which we are sure will continue in the future even after the project is finalized.

We have learned so much from each other. Best practices, yes we learn from them, but also we learn from the not so successful attempts and projects. We must learn from our mistakes but also from the mistakes of others. We have learned to identify the weak points, we have identified potential ways to address them and most of all we have identified new ideas to involve our youth in our communities. In a world where due to the digitalization and modernization, people and youth are becoming astranged, we must try to awaken the sense of belonging and empathy amongst the youth. Encourage them to become more active in their communities and to take their future into their own hands.

We still have a lot of work in 2020, but we all look forward to it. We wish you all a very Happy New Year!!!!!

See you all in March 2020 at our next Transnational Training Course. Until then you can continue using the support available on our Virtual Support Center.

 

5.

After a short summer break it is time to get back to work. We hope you all enjoyed your summer break and are ready to continue with new endevours within our project.

Our next activity is the organization of Round tables in three of the 5 partner countries.

As part of the project ˝Networks for Youth – Brighter Partners for Brighter Future˝, funded by Erasmus + Programme, Round Table discussions will be organized in three of the participating countries.

In Serbia, three of project partners; Balkan Development Centre, the Municipality of Kursumlija and Citizens Initiative for the Future will jointly organize a Round Table in Kursumlija, September 2nd and 3rd, 2019. At the same time two more Round Tables will be organized: in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Municipality of Visegrad and in Sofia, Bulgaria, the National Association of Persons with Acquired Disabilities (NAHPU). 

The gatherings will be an opportunity for participants from different civil society organizations, representatives of the local self-government and institutions and other interested stakeholders to discuss the legal frame related to the civil society organizations. It will also be an opportunity to promote the working strategies of local civil society organizations and also focus on the definition and recognition of youth workers. Through discussions the potential solutions and cooperation models between sectors should be identified. Special focus will be put on discussions related to involvement of youth and the role which youth workers could have in activating youth in becoming more active in society and in taking on more responsibility and actions in local communities and decision making processes, increasing their interest in volunteering, engagement in CSO work and actions and other relevant issues and topics in the community.

For information on the premises and schedule feel free to contact Balkan Development Center by E-mail: balkanskirc@gmail.com

The agenda for Serbia (Bulgaria and B&H) please contact us and we will send you all the details regarding the event near you.

Day 1 (02.09.2019)

Timing

Topic

Lecturer

10.00 – 10.30 

Welcome / Registration -Project “Networks for Youth – Brighter Partners for Brighter Future” short presentation of the agenda of the event

Ivona Jovanovic – BDC

10.30-11.00

Review of project progress and warm up discussions among the experts   

Zagorka Štavljanin – BDC

 

11.00-11.30

LEGAL FRAME for SCOs in Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia – comparative discussion based on the project activities

Igor Antimov – CIF

11.30-12.00

STAKEHOLDERS for SCOs – youth actions and projects – the cooperation potential between SCOs and public bodies

Zagorka Stavljanin

 

GROUP LUNCH 

14.00-15.00

Discussion – Group Reflection – working strategies of SCOs – how to manage, fund and promote youth work, strategies for cooperation among SCOs and youth workers from public bodies

Day 2 (03.09.2019)

Timing

Topic

Lecturer

10:00-10:30

CONNECT FOR YOUTH  – WORKING STRATEGIES for involving public and private stakeholders in youth projects  

Radomir Milovanovic – Kursumlija

10:30-11:00

Tools for managing successful cooperation among cross sector youth workers from the public and private sector    

Zagorka Stavljanin

11:00-11:30

Real case workshop – definition of declaration and test proposal for cooperative projects for youth between public sector and local business stakeholders

Ivan Jovanovic

11:30-12:00

Group reflection   

Ivan Jovanovic

12:00-13:00

Lunch and coffee breaks on the way

13:00 – 15:00

INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS on EU grants for youth work. ERASMUS+ for funding SCOs and public bodies working for the benefit of youth

 

4.

After successfully finalizing the first round of Transnational Training Courses during February, March, April and May 2019, we would like to invite you to:

Networking – Multiply workshops and conferences

Balkan Development Centre and project partners, the Municipality of Kursumlija, Citizens Initaitive for the Future from Bosilegrad, Serbia and the Municipality of Visegrad from Bosnia and Herzegovina will organize Networking and Multiply workshops and conferences in order to multiply the project impact in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This activity will be conducted in Kraljevo, Kursumlija and Bosilegrad in Serbia and in Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The activity will last for four days in each city. During the four days, the first two days will be in the form of a workshop during which key learning topics from the first round of Training Courses will be summarized and further elaborated and adjusted for application at the local level, taking into consideration the specifics of each community. Participants from civil society organizations, local insitutions and other relevant organizations and institutions working with youth as well as interested citizens are invited to take part.

The third and fourth day will be reserved for field work for networking with relevant stakeholders in each of the communities.  Local stakeholders from all sectors will have the opportunity to learn about experiences of TC participants and to jointly identify potential collaboration topics and ideas.

Representatives from EU partner organizations will also participate in the activity in order to provide additional support and experience exchange.

The Networking – Multiply activities will be held:

Kraljevo:  03 – 09.06.2019

Kursumlija: 10 – 13.06.2019

Bosilegrad:  17 – 20.06.2019

Visegrad: 04.07-07.07.2019

For information on the premises and schedule feel free to contact Baklan Development Center by E-mail: balkanskirc@gmail.com

3.

Virtual Support Center

As of March 1st 2019, a Virtual Support Center has been estabished to provide mentoring support to civil society organizations. The initial idea of the Support Center is to provide assistance to local civil society organizations in the process of preparing project proposals for a wide range of donor funds. At the same time, we can provide some support in finding adequate civil society organizations or institutions abroad with which you can create networks and partnerships.

The service is primarily foreseen for civil society organizations and institutions from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina but support will be provided to all who contact the Center.

Professional support will be provided by highly experienced project partners from Greece, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Please feel free to use the opportunity to use the mentoring support and professional advice free of charge.

All questions can be send by e-mail directly to the project lead organization, Balkan Development Center (Balkanski razvojni centar) balkanskirc@gmail.com

We sincerely hope that you use this opportunity and that we can provide you with quality inputs and advice.

The Virtual Support Center will be available from March 2019 up to March 2020.

 

 

2.

Dear all,

Balkan Development Center, as the lead organization for the Erasmus + funded project would like to invite all interested youth workers and representatives of civil society organizations interested in participating in Transnational Training Courses which will be organized within the project. The forms will enable our team to make the best selection of participants based on your interests and motivation to take part in the activities. The form can be found below. Please print the form and fill it in. The form can be submitted in person in our organization Balkan Development Center, by E-mail or sent by post. 

The selected participants will be involved in the first round of TC which will be held in Kraljevo, Plovdiv, Kranevo and Athens. An additional selection process will be organized for the second round of trainings foreseen for the second year of project implementation.

We look forward to working with all of you and upgrading our work to better target and impact youth.

Application for participation in the activities of capacity building and mobility

within the project  ˝Brighter Partners for a Brighter Future˝ financed and implemented within the Erasmus + programme (Capacity building in the field of youth).

Participation is intended for persons who work directly with young people and / or are representatives of citizens’ associations.

Name and Surname

 

Name of CSO or institution you represent

 

Date of Birth

 

Does your organization or institution have experience in writing or implementing projects?

 

Have you personally participated in writing or implementing projects?

 

Does your organization have established cooperation with other organizations or institutions in the country or aborad? Please list with which ones.

 

Does your organization work directly with youth?

 

Do you posses a valid passport?

 

Are you able to participate in activities organized abroad with a duration of several days, for example, 7 – 8 days?

 

Knowledge of English language (please assess your level of knowledge on a scale of 1 to 5: minimal knowledge being 1 and excellent knowledge being 5)

 

Signature

 

 

 

1.

Invitation to the Opening Conference within the project “Brighter partners for brighter future”

Dear,

The implementation of the project “Brighter partners for brighter future” is underway, it is being implemented with the support and funding of the Erasmus + programme. The project lead organization is the “Balkan Development Center” from Kraljevo, Serbia and the project partners are: CSO Civic Initiative for the Future from Bosilegrad, Kursumlija municipality; from Bulgaria, the National Association of Persons with Acquired Disabilities (NAHPU) and the municipality of Elin Pelin; from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Visegrad Municipality; from Hungary the Youth Association – INNOVAFORM Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft and from Greece, the citizens’ association IASIS.

The project envisages a number of various activities, the first of which are the Opening Conferences which will be held in Kraljevo, Kursumlija, Bosilegrad, Pozarevac, and Visegrad. The planned conferences will be organized: in Kraljevo on January 15-16, 2019, in Bosilegrad on January 17-18, 2019, in Požarevac on January 22-23, 2019, in Kuršumlija on January 24-25, 2019 and in Višegrad 29-30.01.2019. For the exact location and premises please contact us for more details.

We hereby invite you to attend the gathering that will be held in your municipality starting at 10:00 AM. The meeting is scheduled to last two days, during which there will be a presentation of the project, discussions on the situation in the civil sector, the importance of establishing cooperation with other sectors and networking with other associations in the country and abroad. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the opportunities and funds that exist for similar projects.

We sincerely hope that, as a relevant representative, you will recognize the importance of this project as well as the gathering itself and take the time to attend and actively engage in discussions.

Best regards,

Balkan Development Center

Agenda for opening conferences

Day 1

10:00 – 10:15

Registration of participants

10:15 – 11:00

Project presentation (objectives, expected results, activities, schedule)

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 14:00

Presentation of participants, civil society organizations, public institutions

  • Field of work
  • Experiences in cooperation between sectors
  • Experiences in networking
  • Existing partnerships with other CSOs (local, national, international)

Possibilities available through the project and the involvement of local CSOs

14:00 – 14:30

Coffee break

14:30 – 15:30

Networking: Importance, potentials, benefits

15:30

Meeting closing and joint lunch

 

Day 2

9:00 – 9:15

Overview of previous day

9:15 – 11:00

Identification of relevant stakeholders (mapping) for cooperation and networking

(Working group approach)

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00

Existing programmes for networking

Erasmus + opportunities for cooperation

Benefits of networking and internationalization of cooperation

12:00 – 14:00

Civil Society Organizations and their role, challenges and potentials in increasing inclusion of youth in community life and decision making processes

14:00-14:30

Importance of Youth Workers in inclusion of youth

14:30-

Lunch and departure

 

 

Project activities:

Mobility activities will encompass a number of training courses related to:

  • Defining civil society organizations’ Vision and Mission, strategic planning and development of youth communication strategies. Importance of networking among young people and youth workers, existing EU networks. Information channelling using ICT and social media. Innovative collaborative and youth reach approaches, strategies and best practices.
  • Improving skill of civil society organizations to attract, involve and motivate staff, fundraising, crowd funding, budget preparation and financial management of local and international projects.
  •  Importance of networking with focus on public-private PR strategies and relations, negotiation and promotion skills, communication, constructive dialogue, effective interaction with CSOs active in other fields, local, regional and public bodies. Presentation of good practices and innovative collaborative strategies for policymaking skills and interaction with public and private stakeholders.
  • Youth volunteering as potential – voluntary activities to activate local youth and a tool to reach NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), youth with disabilities and other vulnerable youth groups. How to reach volunteers, involve them and how to design and fund voluntary activities through EU funds, attraction of stakeholders from public and private businesses. Practical skills in design and management of voluntary activities and best practices for involving youth in voluntary activities.

Project cycle management and generation of project ideas, their preparation and implementation process will be mainstreamed through the entire mobility training course cycle. Erasmus + and other civil society funds will be promoted to participants. A selection procedure will be conducted for participants in the second round of mobility activities during 2020.

The second round of Mobility activities will focus on the gathering of outcomes, improving evaluation skills, reporting and follow up activities. Focus of the second round of mobility will be used for presenting outcomes, networking with media and stakeholder representatives.

Other activities:

Opening conferences will be organized in January 2019, in Kraljevo (15-16.01), Bosilegrad (17-18.01), Pozarevac (22-23.01), Kursumlija (24-25.01) and Visegrad (29-30.01).

Networking conferences- Multiply events will be organized in 3 cities in Serbia and in Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to  multiply project impact, each lasting for 4 day during which key learning topics will be summarized and during which field work, working visits and networking with different stakeholders.

They will be held during June 2019 in Kraljevo (3-6.06), Kursumlija (10-13.06), Bosilegrad (17-20.06) and Visegrad (24-27.06).

Round tables – to provoke debate on the legal frame for CSOs in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, promote working strategies of CSOs, definition and recognition of youth work, propose potential solutions for better cooperation between CSOs & stakeholders, promote Strategic plan for NGOs, EU grant opportunities for different CSOs and engage SCOs & policy makers to create a declaration for future collaboration with YWs. Round tables will be held during the first week of September 2019 in Kraljevo, Visegrad and in Sofia (Bulgaria).

Job Shadowing is 12 months virtual support.

Each EU partner will provide 2 mentors who on rotation support partners from Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina to:

  • Design & promote virtual learning contents
  • Transfer best practices in the projects designed after each Training course
  • Create applications for local or EU funds of some of the brightest local projects identified

For additional information contact:

Balkan Development Centre (BDC)

balkanskirc@gmail.com

Updated information on the project calendar and each local event can be found on the project website, and on partner webpages.

Participation in the project is free of charge. Please contact Project team or local partners to find more information how you can take part in the project events.


Project activities:

Mobility activities will encompass a number of training courses related to:

  • Defining civil society organizations’ Vision and Mission, strategic planning and development of youth communication strategies. Importance of networking among young people and youth workers, existing EU networks. Information channelling using ICT and social media. Innovative collaborative and youth reach approaches, strategies and best practices.
  • Improving skill of civil society organizations to attract, involve and motivate staff, fundraising, crowd funding, budget preparation and financial management of local and international projects.
  •  Importance of networking with focus on public-private PR strategies and relations, negotiation and promotion skills, communication, constructive dialogue, effective interaction with CSOs active in other fields, local, regional and public bodies. Presentation of good practices and innovative collaborative strategies for policymaking skills and interaction with public and private stakeholders.
  • Youth volunteering as potential – voluntary activities to activate local youth and a tool to reach NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), youth with disabilities and other vulnerable youth groups. How to reach volunteers, involve them and how to design and fund voluntary activities through EU funds, attraction of stakeholders from public and private businesses. Practical skills in design and management of voluntary activities and best practices for involving youth in voluntary activities.

Project cycle management and generation of project ideas, their preparation and implementation process will be mainstreamed through the entire mobility training course cycle. Erasmus + and other civil society funds will be promoted to participants. A selection procedure will be conducted for participants in the second round of mobility activities during 2020.

The second round of Mobility activities will focus on the gathering of outcomes, improving evaluation skills, reporting and follow up activities. Focus of the second round of mobility will be used for presenting outcomes, networking with media and stakeholder representatives.

Other activities:

Opening conferences will be organized in January 2019, in Kraljevo (15-16.01), Bosilegrad (17-18.01), Pozarevac (22-23.01), Kursumlija (24-25.01) and Visegrad (29-30.01).

Networking conferences- Multiply events will be organized in 3 cities in Serbia and in Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to  multiply project impact, each lasting for 4 day during which key learning topics will be summarized and during which field work, working visits and networking with different stakeholders.

They will be held during June 2019 in Kraljevo (3-6.06), Kursumlija (10-13.06), Bosilegrad (17-20.06) and Visegrad (24-27.06).

Round tables – to provoke debate on the legal frame for CSOs in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, promote working strategies of CSOs, definition and recognition of youth work, propose potential solutions for better cooperation between CSOs & stakeholders, promote Strategic plan for NGOs, EU grant opportunities for different CSOs and engage SCOs & policy makers to create a declaration for future collaboration with YWs. Round tables will be held during the first week of September 2019 in Kraljevo, Visegrad and in Sofia (Bulgaria).

Job Shadowing is 12 months virtual support.

Each EU partner will provide 2 mentors who on rotation support partners from Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina to:

  • Design & promote virtual learning contents
  • Transfer best practices in the projects designed after each Training course
  • Create applications for local or EU funds of some of the brightest local projects identified

For additional information contact:

Balkan Development Centre (BDC)

balkanskirc@gmail.com

Updated information on the project calendar and each local event can be found on the project website, and on partner webpages.

Participation in the project is free of charge. Please contact Project team or local partners to find more information how you can take part in the project events.