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Since 1997, the Youth Communication Center (YCC) has worked to strengthen civic engagement among young people. This mission is attained through a number of diverse activities, such as education, volunteering, advocacy, psychosocial and peacebuilding activities, and work with the media. A further mission of the organisation is the development and strengthening of democratic principals and values, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of young people.
YCC is to contribute to the development of a society of equal opportunities in which young people reach their potential.
Youth Communication Centre (YCC) is a non-profit organization based in Banja Luka, which operates in BiH and international level in order to develop civic activism. Educational, volunteering, advocacy, media, psychosocial and peace-building activities and the development of democracy contribute to improving the quality of life of young people and the development of a society of equal opportunities.
Strategic goals for period 2015 – 2019
- To improve existing programmes and establish new projects and/or activities within these programmes;
- To strengthen OKC capacities;
- To establish system of long-life learning for employes;
- To strengthen organisational financial capacities;
- To put in practical implementation communication strategy.
Last updated: November 2017
Divided Past Joint Future
Currently the number of conflicts inside and between the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey is increasing. These conflicts are often based on ethnics and religions. In the last 2 years Youth Communication Center, together with multiple other partner organisations have faced the fact that peace and reconciliation as a topic has become “unpopular”. Through this Civil Society has become fragmented and contested. However, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) should be ready and resourceful and the main actor in peace and reconciliation policy. The overall objective of this project is to have Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) recognized by governments as an important societal factor with strong capacity to implement peace-building and reconciliation.
This project brings together 18 partner organisations (Educational Center – Krusevac (ECK), Forum MNE, Interkulturelles Zentrum (IZ), Youth Cultural Center – Bitola (YCC- Bitola), Youth Resource Center (ORC),Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG), The Zamah Foundation, EUROCLIO, Institute for Social Research Zagreb (IDIZ),LENS, MOVIT, The Progress Institute, Beyond Barriers Association (BBA), Youth Peace Group Danube, Vojvodina Environmental Movement (VEM), War Trauma Center and SEEYN ) who all have different skills and areas of expertise. By combining these specific abilities the project has a good starting-point and can rely on a huge network. In the first phase of this project, will focus on the desk research. In this research different types of effective reconciliation models in Europe and beyond are mapped and analysed.