The Future for Youth Movement (Future4Youth), gathered around the Young Men Initiative (YMI), aims to bring together different voices in society – parents, teachers and other citizens interested in the same goal: addressing the issues of violence prevention, gender equality, life skills and health education in schools across the Balkans.
We want to team up with all well-meaning and dedicated individuals, organizations and institutions that think similarly as we do – especially young people and their parents, teachers, peer educators, sports and social workers, as well as pedagogues, psychologists, activists and members of academia who share the same values and vision on how to achieve a better, fairer and more equal society.
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Young Men Initiative (YMI) is a regional platform of organizations, gathered around CARE International Balkans. It started as a project in 2006 and is being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo* and Albania. It is aimed at young people in the region with the objective of building their knowledge and attitudes regarding gender equality, healthy lifestyles and reducing the level of all types of violence. So far, over 100,000 high school students from 130 communities have participated in life skills education programs implemented by CARE in cooperation with local partners – youth organizations from the region: Status M – Zagreb, Center E8 – Belgrade, Smart Kolektiv – Belgrade, Association XY – Sarajevo, Perpetuum Mobile Institute – Banja Luka, Youth Power – Mostar, Sinergija – North Mitrovica, SIT – Center for Counseling, Social Services and Research and YMCA – Pristina and Act for Society from Tirana.
Program Y methodology relies on the prevention of violence and social problems, gender equality, human rights, health education and the promotion of personal and social growth as a key component of life skills education in schools. Our approach is based on addressing gender inequalities and promoting healthy lifestyles in such a way as to enable boys and girls and young men and women to fully realize their potential on the path to maturity.
If you want life skills education programs such as Program Y to become a mandatory part of the official school curriculum across the Western Balkans region – support the Future for Youth and sign the DECLARATION: