Raised funds will enable us to continue providing direct support to young people in dislocated and often overlooked region of Eastern Serbia. Through the Youth Center, located in the town of Zajecar, we support the encouragement and affirmation of youth creativity and enrichment of cultural content. The Center provides a space for youth to spend their leisure time in active and creative way, and is devoted to developing and nurturing the talents, skills and critical thinking of young people.
Quality of public services for young people in Eastern Serbia is at very low level. There is an obvious lack of extracurricular programs, offering young people access to various education and creative content. The Youth Center is the only place in Zajecar where young people can consume culture and participate in different forms of non-formal education, developing their talents and interests. It is the only alternative to discotheques and widespread sport betting places for spending leisure time.
Youth Center is a key community institution for youth development. In 2017/18, the Center will organize 5 broad series of creative workshops (writing, drama, comics, music and photo) and will host a number of cultural events (concerts, exhibitions, performances and debates) that appeals to a wider population of youth. Center's youth cafe will offer a space for young people from all social and culturalbackgrounds to engage in social interaction with their peers in a supportive environment.
Arts and culture is a powerful catalyst for empowering youth to think critically, communicate effectively across cultural boundaries, engage and make positive changes in their communities. Creativity and innovation contribute to social and individual wellbeing as well as to economic prosperity. They are important factors for building entrepreneurial and important new skills needed in new jobs.