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Public politics and the youth, 6 September 2015

On Sunday, 6 September 2015, the Boris Divković Foundation organised a seminar with the title Public politics and the youth in the premises of the Youth Council Stari Grad.  We talked about the participation of young people in the decision making process in the local community; public lobbying; planning; executing and evaluating campaigns that are supposed to be led by young people if they want to be candidates in the elections or start campaigns of public lobbying related to a specific problem in the local community.

Vibor Handžić, a council member of the City Council of the City of Sarajevo and the Municipal Council of Stari Grad, talked about the local authorities and how young people can act inside the framework of the authorities of the municipal council. Amela Topuz, a council member of the Municipal Council of Novi Grad Sarajevo talked about the basic elements of an election campaign, which are the marketing options and how to get the positions young people usually run for. Amela also talked about her own election campaign in 2012, and she advised on how to work following the desired results in the lobbying campaign or in local elections. Irfan Čengić, a council member in the Municipal Council of Stari Grad Sarajevo and secretary general of the Social-democratic party BiH, talked about active involvement of young people in the decision making processes in their local communities. Through the example of lobbying for the Youth Council Stari Grad to be given their premises, he presented the procedures which one young person needs to undertake in order to complete one’s objectives in the lobbying campaign. With Irfan we also talked about the cooperation with other organisations of the nongovernmental sector and council members themselves.   Enisa Mešetović, president and founder of the Youth Advisory Board Ilijaš, talked about public lobbying and why it is necessary for changes in local communities.