Summary of the Project
In 2013, through the ADA-funded project Young Man Initiative (YMI), CARE and partners started to advocate for introducing gender transformative life skills programming – such as Program Youth (from here on out Program Y) – in high schools in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, to fight interpersonal and gender-based violence and improve gender equality in the region. Building on the earlier YMI achievements, this project phase will put the emphasis on institutionalization, scaling up and sustainability, as well as working with ministries and quality assurance institutions for the accreditation of Program Y and integration of life skills education in national curriculums. It will further expand its implementation by piloting the tailored programs in elementary schools and correctional institutions, strengthening the cooperation with pedagogical and teaching universities, and maximizing the use of online tools to ensure the continuity of the program in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. CARE’s gender transformative life skills programming reflected in the Program Y will contribute to creating positive and peaceful societies for young people in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina that embrace and promote gender equality and non-violence.
The project is implemented by CARE in cooperation with seven local partner organizations: Center E8 and SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, SIT and YMCA from Kosovo, Act for Society Centre from Albania, Institute Perpetuum Mobile from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Status M from Croatia.
Target groups and beneficiaries include:
In total, 65,690 direct beneficiaries.