Youth participation towards strong and sustainable community development

The project wants to improve the quality of youth policy implantation based on structural cooperation and substantial participation of networked civil society. The project is implanted by Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA, not the video game and entertainment company, as the main applicant, together with many co-applicants. For example, there are SOS Children’s Village North Macedonia, Volunteers Center Skopje and the Association Woman’s Forum Tetovo. The project will exist for about 40 months, so in the period from January 1, 2021, until April 30, 2024.

There are 3 things important in this project:

1. Strengthening the capacity of CSOs to independently and effectively influence evidence-based discission-makers on youth issues and through local networking

The project wants to achieve conducting a series of research, training process and mentoring for civil society organizations. As well as supporting the youth civil society sector by awarding sub-grants to improve youth participation, in particular at a local level.

2. Improving the civic competencies of young people for essential participation in the daily life of a democratic community using innovative models through gender-sensitive and peace-based approaches

This result envisages strengthening the capacities of young people through local campaigns, workshops on gender perspectives and strengthening high school students to reduce violence. The capacities of the youth councils will be strengthened through a training process but also tools for networking and sharing practices.

3. Enabling public institutions to develop and implement and youth-related public policies based on equal opportunities through partnerships with local civil society

This part provides support to the civil society networking process of meetings and workshops. Also, the project envisages strengthening the capacities of the local youth officers as well as their support in the cooperation with the local youth councils. This part also envisages advocacy for national decision-makers to improve the conditions and implantation of youth-orientated legislation. The results will contribute to an independent and civil society supported by a conducive environment that encourages participatory and gender-sensitive youth policy-making processes.