Volunteers Centre Skopje is a part of a project “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 implemented by Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA, as the main applicant, together with co-applicants: SOS Children’s Village, Volunteers Center Skopje and the Association Woman’s Forum Tetovo.

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 the local level.

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 a gender perspective, and strengthening high school students to reduce violence. The capacities of the youth councils will be strengthened through a training process and also tools for networking and sharing practices.

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 cooperation with the local youth councils. This part also envisages advocacy for national decision-makers to improve the conditions and implementation 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.

This project is funded by the European Union