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The project goal is to increase levels of youth civic participation and initiative for positive social action in Southeast Europe. To this end, YouthBuild USA will strengthen existing YouthBuild programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia and establish new programs in Bulgaria and Romania. YouthBuild is a model for helping young people learn life and job skills, serve their communities, and gain practical work experience. YouthBuild USA will also build support for the program from diverse stakeholders with the goal of sustaining established program sites and scaling up the program to other parts of the region. During the previous two years, YouthBuild USA, working closely with local partner organizations, engaged more than 400 young people in programs in seven locations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. These participants made a significant impact on their communities through peacebuilding campaigns, upgraded schools and rural homes, new playgrounds, and mentoring of children. YouthBuild USA will implement this project through its YouthBuild International division and a network of local nonprofit partners.
The program goal is to strengthen active civic participation on the local and national levels in Romania. To this end, the Resource Center for Public Participation will build the capacity of nongovernmental organizations and civic groups to participate effectively in decisionmaking, monitor key public institutions and advocate for greater transparency and responsiveness to citizens' voices, and promote civic participation as a key element of a functioning democracy. The grantee's mission is to support public participation in policymaking and decision making and to promote greater transparency and accountability of public institutions. During the previous grant period, the grantee built the capacity of over 30 nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individual leaders to advocate on a wide variety of issues of public interest; facilitated nonprofit coalitions to engage in policy discussions with the government on the local and national levels; and advocated for transparency of the decisionmaking processes in the public sector. The center is based in Bucharest, Romania.
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