Last week, a regional partners meeting within the Young Men Initiative (YMI) project – ” Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans”, was organized in Belgrade.
From November 11th to 14th, representatives of CARE International Balkans and partner organizations discussed future project plans including building the movement to regionally address and advocate for Life Skills Education, deeper implementation of monitoring methodologies, and strategic planning for the further development of the Young Men Initiative. One of the key components of the meeting was regional networking, exchange of experiences and good practices among partners, as well as joint capacity building in the field of project implementation and financial reporting.
On the first day, participants discussed current plans and worked together to develop advocacy activities at regional, national and local level. Next day, they had the opportunity to work together to develop a new YMI campaign related to prevention of radicalization among youth people and to advance and share experiences from their countries in respected field. On the same day, a training on the implementation of CARE monitoring methodologies: “Most Significant Change Story” and “5 Minutes of Inspiration” was organized, aiming at increasing partners capacities to monitor changes of project beneficiaries. On the same day, the participants tested their knowledge and experience to solve the mysteries at Escape Room within a joint team building activity.
The third day was dedicated to strategic planning and further development of the Young Men Initiative, which has been existing for over 13 years in the Balkans as one of the CARE International Balkans strategic projects.
The meeting was held within the framework of the Young Men Initiative (YMI) project – ” Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans” that is supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation, Oak Foundation, and implemented by CARE International Balkans in cooperation with partner organizations: Status M – Zagreb; Perpetuum Mobile – Banja Luka; XY Association – Sarajevo; Youth Power – Mostar, Center E8 and SMart Kolektiv – Belgrade; OEK Synergy – K. Mitrovica; SIT and YMCA – Pristina; Act for Society Center – Tirana.