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General Purposes

Youth Communication Center - Banja Luka

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $80,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2014–December 31, 2015
  • Location Banja Luka, Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Geographic Focus Bosnia and Herzegovina

About this grant

This grant provides general purpose support to a leading nongovernmental organization in Bosnia-Herzegovina that promotes tolerance and understanding among youth, advocates for greater participation of youth in decisionmaking processes in schools and communities, and develops volunteerism among youth. Continued Mott support will enable the Youth Communication Center – Banja Luka to strengthen its organizational capacities as a leader in developing volunteerism, expand its work in secondary school councils throughout the country, and diversify its funding base. During the past two years, the grantee strengthened entity-level networks of secondary school student councils, which together represent 290 secondary schools — 95 percent of all secondary schools in the country — comprising more than 135,000 students. The grantee also helped national and local government agencies in Bosnia-Herzegovina develop and promote volunteerism. Other ongoing activities included operating Radio Balkan, a youth-run radio station; hosting a range of nonformal, community-based education programs; and providing psychosocial assistance to vulnerable groups through direct counseling and volunteer programs. The grantee is based in Banja Luka, the capital of the Republika Srpska.