Open Call: Western Balkan Youth Participation Ideas Lab

8 November 2021

SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre organises the Ideas Lab to put an emphasis on the topic of youth participation in the Western Balkan Partner Countries.

The Seminar is going to take place between 2-5 December 2021 in Montenegro and is going to bring together 30 participants from Western Balkan countries. Interested participants are invited to apply until 17 November 2021.

The lab takes the opportunity to explore concrete needs, challenges and potential of youth participation in the Western Balkan Partner Countries and seeks for creative ways to address them. The perspective will be on local and regional issues, but links are also drawn to the developments and possibilities at the European level.

The objectives are:

  • to explore, identify and reflect youth participation issues in Western Balkan Partner Countries and to find ideas and ways to address them;
  • to enable young people, youth workers and youth network representatives to use resources of European platforms when working on youth participation;
  • to provide space for co-creating projects and initiatives on youth participation at the local and regional level;
  • to offer opportunities for networking, synergising, collaborating and exchanging.

Target group

The event is open for professional and volunteer youth workers, youth leaders and youth network representatives and young people (possibly in a pair together with a youth worker) from the Western Balkan Partner Countries, who are keen on improving youth participation in the region. Participants are expected to commit fully to the 2,5 days long activity and have knowledge and experience in working on youth participation in their respective countries. Joint participation of youth workers and young person from same organization and community is welcomed.

Participants must be over 18 years old.


The team of facilitators consists of two experienced facilitators within international youth work and youth participation experience: Ajša Hadžibegović (Montenegro) and Katarina Vučković (Bosnia and Herzegovina).