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Project title:  “UPSHIFT workshops in Republic of Srpska and in Central Bosnia Canton”


Duration: 12 months (August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021)

Location: RS and CBC

About the project:

UPSHIFT is an innovative program created within the UNICEF Office of Innovation that combines leading approaches to development, social innovation, and entrepreneurship, in order to empower young people and adolescents to become social innovators and entrepreneurs. Since 2019, Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the countries implementing this program as part of the Dialogue for the Future project, implemented by UNESCO, UNICEF and UNDP. Each UPSHIFT in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be targeted at one region to adequately respond to the different needs of young people in their local communities.

In 2020/21, the UPSHIFT program is aimed at young people between the ages 13 to 19, coming from one of the 10 communities or their surrounding towns in the Republic of Srpska (Banja Luka, Prnjavor, Kotor Varoš, Srbac, Gradiška, Doboj, Laktaši, Prijedor, Derventa and Mrkonjić Grad), as well as in the Central Bosnia Canton (Travnik, Novi Travnik, Kiseljak, Brestovsko, Fojnica, Jajce, Vitez, Busovača, Bugojno and Gornji Vakuf/Uskoplje).

The planned timeframe for the implementation of the UPSHIFT program in secondary schools is from the second half of September 2020 to the end of April 2021.

The program is oriented towards people of both genders, without preferences in favor of girls and boys. Young people from vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, members of the Roma population, young people from rural areas and places geographically distant from larger centers, from families of lower socio-economic status, or young people without parental care, are especially encouraged to apply and participate.

In each of the 10 local communities, it is planned to conduct a presentation of the UPSHIFT program during September and October 2020 for a total of 300 to 400 young people, when a call for applications for UPSHIFT will be opened. Participants will apply as teams of 3 to 5 people, and the application itself will contain a description of a problem they want to solve in their community. 10 teams will be selected to participate in the UPSHIFT workshop and competition, and the UPSHIFT project will provide coverage for transportation, food, and accommodation costs for all participants. If activities planned by the UPSHIFT program cannot be implemented in person, they will be organized virtually, in an online space, using appropriate tools.

The UPSHIFT three-day workshop will help young people learn how to develop and implement a solution to identify problems in their communities. Each selected team will have its own professional mentor who will provide the necessary support to the participants, guide them through the process of analysis and problem solving and enable them to acquire new knowledge and skills. Mentors will be people between the ages of 25 and 35 who have experience in working with young people, who are of different professions (economists, lawyers, engineers, etc.) and have participated in the UPSHIFT training for mentors with our trainers.

After three days of working with mentors, teams will present their solutions to a jury that will select the best five and award the selected teams with grants of 3,000.00 KM each to put their ideas into action. Additionally, the winning teams will also receive a financial literacy training and mentoring support for a period of 3 months of their projects’ implementation. For more information on previous UPSHIFT workshops in Bosnia and Herzegovina, visit the UPSHIFT project website:


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