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Public funded projects

YEEP- Youth Empowerment Enabling Prospects

Since 2016, SOS Children’s Villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been successfully contributing to support in the employment of young people in need. These activities are closely related to the mission of our Organisation “No child should grow up alone”.

Young people growing up in alternative care and young people with complex socio-economic problems often lack adequate opportunities and access to the labour market due to insufficient skills and qualifications and are often unemployed and excluded from society for a long time – stigmatized, with low self-esteem, low social competences and an undeveloped support network. At the same time, professionals from local authorities and organisations need additional skills and methods to successfully support these young people in their integration into the labour market.

The YEEP project is financially supported by the BMZ -the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Hermann Gmeiner Fonds Deutschland.

The goal of the project is to empower 1,600 young people at risk in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia, so they could have the opportunity for employment and active participation in the labour market. 

Target group: 1600 young people

between the ages of 16 and 35 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia, who are socially excluded, with low incomes and slim possibility of independence and improving their economic status 

230 representatives

Of ministries of labour and social welfare, business and civil society, social service providers, municipalities, employment agencies.

Indirect target group

3500 young people

at social risk are also included in activities through partners who are empowered by this project

Through the project, we want to achieve:

– 1600 young people
have successfully completed specialized training/professional retraining and additional qualification

– 150 young people have successfully completed specialised training/professional retraining and upskilling/

– 500 young people have successfully completed practical training and professional advising at the employer


Our success stories

Strong youth, new perspective