Civic Platform for Young Liberal Activists 2 (CPLA 2)

Module I | 23-25 April 2021| ​Mostar, B&H
Module II | 24-26 September 2021| ​Belgrade, Serbia
Module III/Masterclass | 8-10 May 2021| Spain 



The aim of this project is to encourage the interest of youth in political activism, within the broad spectrum of civil society including political parties, NGOs and social movements. Liberal political NGOs all around the SEE area will gather with young representatives of youth organizations and political parties and raise awareness of youth activism.

Youth activism in political parties and elsewhere is at a very low level, whilst political participation, in general, is declining and political apathy among the youth is rising. Youngsters are not motivated enough to join the political parties and/or to be politically active to become changemakers and potential leaders. The political climate needs new generations that are ready to take over and spread European values for societal and economic prosperity in the future. Nevertheless, since the political atmosphere in many countries remains at the status quo, a huge number of young people are leaving southeast Europe, resulting in brain drain phenomenon all around the SEE area and further. It is only with the united civil society that some changes can be made in the context of increasing youth activism.

Young political activists participating in this program will:
• Learn about the importance of political participation;
• Enhance knowledge about the influence of NGOs and social movements;
• Learn how to address the issue of political apathy through political activism.

The thematic units will be divided into three modules, which will include a theoretical and practical part in the form of interactive lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and group work on joint projects between the modules.

CPLA is intended for young people from 18 to 30 years old, who are liberal politicians, activists, students of political or social sciences, or representatives of NGOs involved in youth political participation and responsible policies in the SEE area (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania, Croatia and Bulgaria).

Applications are currently closed the participants have been selected.

Module II speakers include:

  • Lauren Mason, Project Coordinator, European Liberal Forum
  • Anela Lemeš, Executive Director, Boris Divković Foundation
  • Maid Džaferović, Project Coordinator, Boris Divković Foundation
  • Elvedina Omerhodžić, CPLA Online Advocacy Project Supervisor
  • Fiona Jelici, Programme coordinator at Youth Initiative for Human Rights NGO
  • Faris ŠehovićCPLA Opinion Piece project Supervisor
  • Marina Sedlo or Balint Gyevai, Policy Officer/Secretary-GeneralLYMEC 
  • Luis Cano, Momentum Mozgalom – Hungary

An event organized by the European Liberal Forum with the support of Boris Divkovic Foundation (BDF), the Center Party International Foundation (CPIF), Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD Internationaal, European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) and Paddy Ashdown Forum (PAF).

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