The starting point of this project is one of the six key priorities defined by the Youth Strategy 2017-2021, and that is that young active citizens are involved, motivated, proactive and participate in decision-making processes, community development, policy making and their implementation. In this regard, active citizenship includes all forms of civic activism and participation, ie any activity that citizens undertake in order to be included in the adoption process, as well as the implementation of public policies at local and national level (voting in elections, participation in public debates, citizens’ assemblies in local communities, submitting initiatives to solve problems, submitting requests for free access to information, signing petitions, clear actions and various types of protests that clearly indicate the improper work of government bodies).
Bearing in mind that one fifth of the population of Montenegro are young people, it is very important to emphasize the importance of their participation in the process of creating and implementing public policies and that it is the principle of democratic governance and a basic prerequisite for responsible and transparent government.
The general goal of the project is to encourage active involvement of young people in decision-making processes, policy making and their implementation in areas important for their lives, employment and community development, through specific objectives: 1) Improve knowledge and skills of young people on ways to participate in decision-making processes and 2) Improve youth information and dialogue with representatives of youth institutions and bodies.
The project will include young people aged 15-30 – high school students (general and vocational), students of three universities, NEET groups and youth organizations with special emphasis on young people with disabilities, members of national minorities and other persons and social groups that may be at risk of discrimination, as well as young people from the north.
The project will last 12 months and the required budget is 11,860.00 euros and is funded by the Ministry of Sports and Youth of Montenegro.