Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! IFES launches new youth community engagement program in Serbia


Ahead of International Youth Day 2022, young Serbs are invited to apply to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! youth community mobilization program. The program – “Learn, Do, Solve” in English – is designed to cultivate a network of young champions across Serbia to engage in innovative, inclusive and actionable community mobilization projects. These projects are expected to address key governance and accountability issues in various sectors of local Serbian communities, including public service delivery, ecological and energy development, political integrity and economic growth. Through the program, selected cohort members will receive support to acquire knowledge and skills in community mobilization tactics, identify and prioritize a community challenge, develop a targeted action plan, and implement interventions designed to promote change collectively.

The app will be open for four weeks, ending August 31, and will allow interested youth to submit a community challenge and vote on priority community mobilization skills to help design and implement a solution. IFES will also host two information sessions on August 11 and 24 at 6:00 p.m. CET, giving potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the program. Updates and more details will also be shared on the Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! instagram account »@Saznaj_Deluj_Resi.”

Once selected, Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! cohort members will participate in IFES’ flagship workshop on Youth Participation, Action and Civic Engagement (SPACE). Through this, they will learn how to design advocacy and community mobilization interventions, navigate the Serbian political process, and conduct problem analysis as part of the development of their community action projects. IFES will provide ongoing mentorship, skills building and small grants funding to implement project interventions. After the implementation period, Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! Cohort members will present the results of their project at an innovation summit with national and local political, civic and business leaders, showcasing their successes and offering recommendations for future initiatives.

Interested candidate? Check out the application guide linked on this page or email!

Download the IFES Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! Application Guide (English).

Download the IFES Saznaj, Deluj, Reši! Application Guide (Serbian).

Posted August 8, 2022.


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