WYA Opens New Subregional Office for Southeast Europe

February 1, 2019, Zagreb, CROATIA – World Youth Alliance (WYA) has officially established a new Office for Southeast Europe. The Office will coordinate WYA national chapters in 16 European countries, and will be located in Zagreb, Croatia.

After a significant rise in number of national chapters, membership and youth activities in Southeast Europe – headed by the Croatian chapter – WYA decided to establish a new office that would coordinate emerging chapters in the region. The Subregional Office for Southeast Europe (WYA SEE) includes: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. The Director of WYA SEE will be Valentino Findrik, a longtime member of World Youth Alliance Croatia.

The main aim of WYA SEE is to strengthen existing chapters and establish new ones in countries under its coordination. In advancing WYA’s mission in the region, WYA SEE serves to train youth leaders and trainers within chapters, assisting them in implementation of WYA’s key programs, such as Certified Training Program (CTP), Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) and Fertility Education Medical Management (FEMM). By working with chapters and local organizations on developing projects and partnerships, WYA SEE aims to improve overall conditions for young people in countries of the region, and to strengthen their connection with youth from other parts of Europe.

With 6 operating chapters in the region so far (in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania and Slovakia), the work of WYA’s Subregional Office for Southeast Europe is already underway. The first activities for 2019 include Training of trainers in Bratislava, Slovakia and Tirana, Albania, CTP in Pristina, Kosovo, and CTP and chapter opening in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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