WHAT IS THE BALKAN YOUTH FORUM?
The Balkan Youth Forum is a non-formal learning program for youth from diverse types of Balkan states, designed by a very young team of alumni of the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship program, aged 18 to 21 and funded by the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund. It brings together 2 participants, aged 16 to 18, from each Balkan country for an intensive week of lectures, debates, workshops, simulations and meetings with representatives of the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant institutions and organizations. BYF combines peer-to-peer learning, edutainment and volunteering. The purpose of these activities is helping participants form a more profound understanding of the past and present of the Balkans, to shape a personal opinion on the importance of cooperation and to inspire them to take action. At the end of the program, the participants will present their own projects for sustainable cooperation between their communities, which they will later implement in their own countries with the help of their BYF mentors.
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
Balkan Youth Forum is an intense eight day summer school full of exciting lectures, debates, simulations, different workshops, discussions and more! It is never boring at the BYF, because there is always something to do, wonderful places to see and interesting people to meet, the fun never ends!

PROJECT PARTNERS

MEET THE TEAM
The team currently consist of three organizers, all Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship alumni, and a few mentors. We work hard to bring this project to life and have as many people as possible participate in it.

Crystal Mele

Organizer crystal.mele@balkanyouthforum.com

Yana Voynova

Organizer yana.voynova@balkanyouthforum.com

Jan Strajnar

Organizer jan.strajnar@balkanyouthforum.com

Chara

Mentor

Kaja

Mentor

Arrita

Mentor

Aziz

Mentor

Berfin

Mentor

Milena

Mentor

Nicole

Program advisor

Gentina

Program advisor
Take the future of the Balkans in your own hands.
Apply to Balkan Youth Forum 2018
Location: Bulgaria
Dates: 14th-21nd July
Costs: Fully funded

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE:
– Between 16 and 18 years old at the start of the program,
– Permanent residents of a Balkan country,
– Available to travel on the indicated dates.