Youth Banks Network Macedonia is informal network of youth CSOs that work on enabling legal, policy and business environment ina Macedonia for youth employment through the YouthBanks model.
YBNM was established in December 2017, as part of the identically named project, by CEFE Bitola, Youth Alliance Krushevo, Youth Council Prilep, Poraka Nova from Struga and led by the Association for Education Mladiinfo International that acts a President of the Network at the moment. In addition, YBNM benefits from the know-how and experience of Mozaik Foundation from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been implementing this model for 9 years now in their country. Today, Youth Banks Network Macedonia has 13 member-organizations, together with our 8 new members: Multikultura from Tetovo, Youth Can from Skopje, Volunteer Center Skopje, Innova Lab – Bitola, Organization for cultural collaboration Interkultura, Association for multicultural integration – Inkluzija from Ohrid, LAG Agro Lider – Krivogashtani, as well as Youth Empowerment Platform – Gostivar.
Nonetheless, YBNM is active in 4 regions in Macedonia: Skopje, Polog, Pelagonija and South-West region. There, it advocates for introduction of youth banks model on local level which should bring positive changes and employability of youngsters. Using this model, youth not only will act as project applicants and implement local community initiatives, but also the young people will be the ones deciding what kind of small projects should receive financial support and be implemented, estimating what the local community needs are.
We are proud that the Mladiinfo International who leads the YBNM project in 2018 became a member of YouthBank International – YouthBank International supports an ethos and model that is based on a simple, flexible and transferable idea – that YouthBanks are funds run by young people to support youth-led grass root projects that address issues that matter to them to improve their communities: Real Lives, Real Money, Real Change. YouthBank International facilitates the exchange of information and sharing of best practices within the network; celebrates globally the successes of the model with policy makers and philanthropists; and is an effective organiser and champion of its network model. The YouthBank model has been implemented in 25 countries.