YouthBuild International began working in Serbia in 1999 beginning with consulting to new, post-war NGOs, and now supporting adapted YouthBuild programs in South Serbia and the Sanjak region. Since 2010, in partnership with the C.S. Mott Foundation, the German Marshall Fund/Balkan Trust for Democracy, USAID, and Civic Initiatives, YouthBuild Serbia has engaged a multi-ethnic group of more than 300 young women and men in vocational skills training, leadership development, citizenship education, life skills, and Community Asset Building (CAB). Serbs, Albanians, Bosniak, and Roma youth have studied and worked side by side on projects to improve communities recovering from conflict, migration, and climate disasters.
Most recently, YouthBuild Serbia trained a group of young women who are culturally confined at home to operate their own micro-enterprises providing ICT services to local business. Graduates receive Chromebooks, skills training, and business coaching in website design and management, office services, and other Internet-based livelihoods. In 2017 a new group of students will work on rebuilding efforts related to the 2014 flooding outside of Belgrade.
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