SEEYN is a network organization involving 15 member NGOs from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia and Slovenia. It is an attempt of overcoming differences among societies that have recent tradition of conflicts through bringing young people from entire South Eastern Europe region to work together.
SEEYN aims to support youth employability, development of positive social values and reduction of prejudices among young people in Western Balkans through development of volunteering infrastructures.
Our work involves 3 strategic intervention areas.
Exchange and Development is first intervention area. It involves international volunteering work camps component. Work camps gather regional and European volunteers that during 2 weeks solve concrete problems in local communities while in the same time reduce ethnic mistrust and provide space for personal development of young volunteers. Second component are Local Volunteering Services. LVS are built within communities and they provide long term matching between volunteers and local needs. They resolve local problems, secure space for citizens to be active and provide learning opportunity. This programme envisaged exchanges between LVSs in the region that will secure transfer of best practices and reduction of prejudices across the region. This area targets youth who are volunteering and local communities in WB.
Service is second strategic intervention area. It involves in house trainings component for already existing providers of volunteering opportunities such as NGOs and public institutions. In house trainings develop capacities of organizations and institutions to sustain high quality volunteer management by transferring knowledge across the region. Second component are regional and European trainings that aim to raise competences among young people. It involves international trainings for leaders, trainers, volunteer managers and managers of social software applications. Learning in international team secure development of intercultural competences among young participants. This area targets NGOs, public institutions and young active people.
Third strategic intervention area is Advocacy and Promotion. This area aims to support recognition of volunteering in SB by using results of other two areas. Component of this area includes regional research on volunteering, advocacy campaign for legislation of volunteering in all WB countries, promotion of volunteering through printed and electronic materials as well as high visibility and local events. It also involves links to similar European programmes. This area targets both governments in WB and wide population.
The programme is coordinated by Secretariat in Sarajevo while most of the actions are implemented by network members.