The Youth Network of Montenegro was founded by 35 youth organizations, organizations working with and for young people, as well as youth unions. The network is an umbrella organization of young people, whose mission is to represent the rights and interests of young people, create and advocate solutions to systemic challenges, connect youth policy actors and strengthen the capacities of members. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights is a member of this network.

In order to develop a strategic plan, as well as an analysis of the current situation in youth policy and the position of youth in Montenegro, the Youth Network organizes six focus groups with young people on key topics for social life: education tailored to young people; youth policy; youth activism and participation; labor market and youth employment; health, safety and growing up; both culture and youth. The focus groups will be moderated by the members of the Board of Directors of the Network, and due to epidemiological conditions, they will be organized online – through the ZOOM application. Young people will have the opportunity to discuss the mentioned topics with the members of the Management Board, within groups of ten young people, for a maximum of 90 minutes.

The Strategic Plan is a key document for the work of the Network, through which this umbrella organization plans to form annual work plans. The strategic plan will contain several strategic goals, and will be valid for a period of three to four years. The data we will collect through these focus groups will be used by Network member organizations to create proposals for the content of the strategic plan.

We hereby invite young people (15 to 30 years old), with a special emphasis on marginalized groups of young people, but also young people who are actively involved in community life, to apply for one of the offered focus groups, ie priority topics:

  1. Education tailored to young people (Monday, November 16, 2020, at 3 pm) – Jovan Bojović

(formal and informal education of young people, programs for gaining work experience, etc.)

  1. Youth Policy (Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 1 p.m.) Jelena Fuštić

(institutional framework for the implementation of youth policy – the law on youth, strategy and systemic framework for working with young people)

  1. Youth activism and participation (Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 11 am) Andrijana Radović

(youth participation in decision-making processes, volunteerism and contribution to community development)

  1. Labor market and youth employment (Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 5 pm) Milena Šćepanović

(opportunities and obstacles in youth employment – youth self-employment support programs and acquisition of business skills)

  1. Health, safety and growing up of young people (Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 5 pm) Anđela Radovanović

(accessibility of the health system to young people, their safety and the skills that young people must acquire in order to prepare for life)

  1. Culture and Youth (Friday, November 20, 2020, at 12 noon) Jugoslav Radović

(availability of cultural programs for young people, participation of young people in creating cultural programs and implementation)

Young people can apply via the link where it is necessary to enter the name and surname, e-mail, residential address, education and experience in the topic for which they are applying, and no later than 15.11.2020. year, so that we could timely submit a ZOOM invitation to participate in focus groups via e-mail.

All focus group participants are expected to receive a New Year’s gift from the Network’s promo materials (folder, notebook, ballpoint pen), which we will deliver via the residential address provided by the focus group participants.

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