WYA Croatia opens the Advocacy Academy

March 13th, 2019, Zagreb, Croatia – World Youth Alliance Croatia started implementing the Advocacy Academy program, which will be implemented from March to May 2019 through ten workshops.

The aim of this program is to empower young people to actively participate in the democratic life of the Republic of Croatia and to advocate measures and policies of interest to them and to the wider community.

The program is intended for young people between the ages of 18 and 30, and the target group is young students interested in active participation in the social life of the Republic of Croatia.

“Young people in Croatia often feel uninvited to participate in creating social change on certain issues of their interest. Following the implementation of our Suprotiva project in 2017, and based on research on the needs and problems of young people that was then carried out, we realized that programs such as the Advocacy Academy are important in order to enable young people to acquire the necessary civic competencies for active participation in democratic life. WYA Croatia wants to encourage young people to participate in the decision-making process and to let them know that their experience and knowledge is essential to contribute to overall welfare in society. Young people are the drivers of change, they are the ones who build society and it is important that they become active members of society.” (Jelena Slavić Miljenović, WYA Croatia Head of Advocacy)

The first lecture within the Advocacy Academy was held on March 13, 2019, and it covered an introduction to advocacy and lobbying. The lecture was held by Hrvoje Vargić, WYA Europe Director of Partnerships. “The main mission of WYA is the full formation of young people to transform culture and politics in accordance with human dignity. The Advocacy Academy is an excellent activity to accomplish this mission by enabling young people to advocate, communicate, influence policy adoption and promote human dignity in the public space.” (Hrvoje Vargić, WYA Foundation)

After the first lecture, the Advocacy Academy continues and it will have a total of 9 workshops covering the following themes:

  1. Introduction to advocacy and lobbying
  2. National and local level – institutions, functioning, advocacy and participation of the non-profit sector
  3. EU level – institutions, functioning, advocacy
  4. Practical part
  5. Speaking and political argumentation,
  6. Media and social networks,
  7. Media Workshop,
  8. Ethics of Advocacy,
  9. Practical part

After completing the program, young people will gain knowledge of what is advocacy, which advocacy opportunities exist at the national and EU level, how to express their views publicly, as well as how to use social networks and media to advocate and promote values, opinions, and changes they think are necessary.

WYA Croatia actively advocates the needs of young people at the national and international level. Support their activities and follow all news about their programs and projects on their Facebook page and website.