High school students from the cross-border region Serbia-B&H, who participated in seminars on youth activism, in the last couple of months, have successfully implemented local actions in their municipalities. During the seminars, these young people have designed the local actions with the help of their mentors in order to solve the identified problems of youth in their local communities. Afterwards, they have been autonomously working on implementation of these actions, some of which have shown to be successful and demonstrated that young people know to recognize significant problems and find solutions to cope with them. These actions have also shown that the high school students involved in the project are ready to contribute to improvement of position of young people in their local communities.
In Serbia, the successful actions were implemented in Ruma, Stara Pazova, Sremska Mitrovica, Čajetina and Prijepolje. Young people from Municipality of Ruma have conducted a local action titled „You can only see well with your heart”, through which they have organized thematic party and promoted youth activism and volunteerism and thus recruited new young volunteers. The youngsters in Stara Pazova have launched the action „For healthier Municipality of Stara Pazova”, which considered organization of a conference aiming to raise awareness of young people about negative effects on environment which might be caused by construction of incinerator on the territory of their municipality. High school students from HiH?ajetina have organized two workshops about peer violence for 40 participants, while their colleagues from Municipality of Prijepolje have conducted a local action titled „Roots” within which they have organized 2 picnics for high school students in neighboring villages aiming to promote rural way of life, natural beauties of their region and rural tourism.
CenTriR project team has selected high school students from ?ajetina and Stara Pazova to present their local actions at the final conference, as the most successful local actions which were carried out in Serbia. Youngsters from Fo?a and Bijeljina will also present the most successful actions implemented in Bosnian municipalities encompassed by the project. The cross-border youth conference will be organized in late June 2014 as a final event on the project “Youth – the Most Important Driving Engine of Our Region”, financed by the EU and implemented by two partner organizations – CenTriR and Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republic of Srpska through IPA CBC Program Serbia–B&H.