Western Balkans

CEM: Center for Youth Education

Center for Youth Education (CEM) is one of the most active CSO in Bosnia and Herzegovina dealing with youth status and rights. The organization is located in Travnik and has been active since 1998, with four main lines of action. The first one is youth work, aimed to empower and support young people to become aware, responsible and active members of their communities and motivate them to reach their full potential. The second line is education, where we provide educational programs, based on non-formal education, to the young people, the ones they are not able to attend within the regular educational system and the topics they don’t regularly deal with at schools (violence, alcohol harms, sexual health, etc.) The third is advocacy for the rights of children, youth and women, so we actively advocate towards government and other decision makers to protect and improve their rights, in order to create a healthy and safe environment without alcohol, drugs, tobacco and violence. And the fourth line of action is employment, aimed to developing the entrepreneurial spirit, empowering, supporting and motivating young people to develop their business ideas, making them profitable, so they can make their living and employ other people. Our programs directly involve around 2,000 young people, and the number of indirect beneficiaries is over 20,000 annually.

3 big alcohol exposure. The program aims to empower children and youth to resist alcohol harm in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and engage their communities in addressing the alcohol issue. It will contribute to creation of a systemic approach towards alcohol harm reduction, especially to children and youth, through advocacy for improvement of the existing and adopting the new legislation on alcohol harm reduction. These results will be achieved by the direct developmental work with children and youth, and engaging the relevant stakeholders for joint advocacy campaigns towards the decision makers on the national level.


CZOR: Centre for Youth Work

Centre for youth work (CZOR) is non-partisan CSO from Serbia, founded in 2001, as a Swedish international organisation (PRONI Institute for social education/Forum Syd Balkans Program), which has been locally registered in 2006. Using youth work methodology, CZOR encourages young man and woman to take responsibility for themselves and constructive roles in the development of sustainable communities. CZOR capacitates youth service providers and improves public policies affecting children and youth. Strategic areas are: 1) Promotion of healthy lifestyle and protection of young man and woman rights for development in healthy and alcohol-free environment; 2) Prevention of social exclusion of marginalised youth ; 3) Increasing employability of NEET youth; 4) Development of a culture of non-violence. Target groups are young people, government institutions, CSOs and its national associations, parents, media, other youth service providers.

Youth health ahead of profit” Prevention of alcohol related harm of young man and woman. The programs aim to ensure that rights of youth and sustainable socio-economic development are promoted, and harmful effects of alcohol is minimized. This will be done by: A) mobilizing and capacitating communities (parents, young people, CSOs) to create conditions for healthy development and build young people skills to become resilient to alcohol related harm; B) Adoption and enforcement of alcohol related evidence based polices through cross-sector cooperation and strengthening the role of CSOs through building national and regional alliances; C) Strengthening CZOR capacities as sustainable contributor to social development and reduction of alcohol harm


Forum MNE is present in Montenegro from 2002. It evolved from an international project (PRONI Institute for Social Education than Forum Syd) into a local NGO, registered in March 2007. It works on the development of youth work and youth policy through non-formal education.  

 MISSION: Forum MNE is an organization which develops its vision by supporting the development of young people into conscious, responsible and active individuals and citizens capable of recognizing, seeking and realizing their rights, while contributing the development of a just and peaceful society.It implements all programs in accordance with its 4 strategic directions

Welfare and well-being of young people 

Youth and solidarity, cooperation and cohesion 

Youth and healthy environment 

Activism and participation of young people in the democratic life of society 

 Change the Rules of the Game. The proposed programme seeks to empower and build capacities of different actors (CSOs, youth, authorities) to influence decision-making processes and effectively engage in and cultivate environment in which young people are health literate and resilient to alcohol related harm. This will be achieved through capacity building, advancement of health education curriculum, youth initiatives, policy advocacy, and networking. It will result in strengthened partnerships and better coordination among local and regional actors and increased mobilization of resources for reducing alcohol related harm.