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    Local Youth Council of Kumanovo

    Description of practice :

    Center Intercultural Dialogue(CID), as an organization has been involved for many years in the field of youth, creating youth policies, initiating youth activism at all levels. CID representatives have been involved at different events and processes at European level enhancing participation of youth at decision making processes.

    Bringing those experiences, youth organization CID staff has volunteered their time to initiative the formation of Local Youth Council of Kumanovo. The initiative was supported from other youth organizations, that in the summer of 2012 established the Local Youth Council of Kumanovo. The process was designed in democratic way. Youth organizations had opportunities to design the way how the youth council should work and function. Interesting thing about this council is the fact that, beside youth Organization, there is also space for youth forums of political parties that are active in the community, in this way they got better representation and acceptance from the local government in advocating issues that concerns youth in the community. There was a big interest by the youth representatives of political parties to work together for common goal to improve the quality of life of Kumanovo youths.

    Furthermore, the Council started the process for partnership and collaboration with local authorities for its recognition form the local government, and as such it succeeded to send its representatives in the consulting body regarding youth issues of the local government more specifically to the city council.

    Outcomes:

    • Formed Local Youth Council
    • Established grounds for collaboration of young politicians at represented political parties at the council
    • Strengthen the network of organizations working on local level with youth
    • The model of Youth Council was shared as best practice among other local communities where these processes started
    • As such the Local Youth council has worked in creating the local youth strategy of the municipality of Kumanovo, starting at 2014. The strategy was adopted by the local City Council.

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