|Local Youth Work|
CID has also worked on its’ internal growth and development. One of the main focuses has also been the development of local youth work as a strategic priority. Here are some of the most significant activities we have made in this relation:
In order to develop its’ internal capacity and motivate members and beneficiaries to take an active role in the strategic planning and development of the organization CID makes annual calls for Executive Board members. The mandates of all selected Board members are up to one year. In 2009 CID has elected its’ fourth board since the start of the organization. It has 12 members and it is one of the most dynamic and diverse boards that the organization has had. The new board has initiated the process of revising the CID strategic plan for 2009-2011 which should end up in drafting the annual work plan for 2010.
In order to boost the development of the board members of CID, we have initiated a process of self-directed learning in the board. Each board member will receive a peer mentor that will help in the members’ personal development and learning. Also board members are asked to develop a personal learning plan in order to organize their learning in the CID board.
The development of local youth work is a strategic objective of CID that transcends programmes and it is one of the most important issues in our work. Local youth work has been practiced through many different forms but for us the most important one is the so called CID Academy. This long term youth training and meetings started in autumn 2008 with the aim to promote volunteerism, working on sustaining and developing competences of already active volunteers. Ever since then there were three cycles of CID Academy that focused on innovating and experiential youth work.
The themes that were presented in the workshops were:
• Project management and organizational management for the first CID academy aiming to provide training for the new CID board members and volunteers
• Peace education and Human Rights education was the topic of the second cycle aiming to develop youth activism and volunteerism on these topics
• Intercultural learning is the theme of the third cycle aiming to provide intercultural experience for young people involved in the programme.
The programme is prepared, run and evaluated by more experienced members of CID as well as our EVS volunteers, Peace Corps volunteers and other local or international volunteers
Apart of this activity CID has implemented different youth local actions:
• A graffiti and photo exhibition was held in cooperation with the Centre for Culture Trajko Prokopiev in Kumanovo. Apart of the exhibition a performance of local hip-hop groups was included.
• On 9 May CID presented its’ work on the main square of Kumanovo as part of the activities to celebrate the day of Europe
• CID organized a thematic evening called “Arabic evening” in cooperation with Carigrad café
• Production of short movies related to CID work and CIDs’ values. The movie Key of Sol produced in 2008 was awarded in 2009 on the Potenza short film festival.
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