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The downfall starts when you stop trying

Bijelo Polje, June 14, 2014 
The second motivational event for youth was organised in Bijelo Polje within the initiative “Sebi želim” (I want), which aims to support young people to achieve their aspirations, especially in the areas of employment and participation. Gathered at the Faculty of Economics, young people from Bijelo Polje, Kolasin and Mojkovac had the opportunity to learn about the positive experiences from six motivational speakers - young people who have managed to achieve their aspirations. The initiative is part of a joint UN programme which strives to empower young people, focusing on the underdeveloped North of Montenegro.
"In order to clearly define what you want, it is essential to be informed about available opportunities," said 18-year-old programmer Džefris Dizdarević from Bijelo Polje, who is also active in volunteering. "Activism is a prerequisite for changes in the community. Young people who are not active in their communities should not be criticizing situation, but they should rather engage themselves and try to influence the change", he said.
Among young people who talked about their successes was the sixteen-year-old Ivana Zorić from Berane who asked the audience: "What are young people really waiting for to get engaged on what they care about?” She stressed out the importance of having faith in what one wants to achieve in life. "The downfall starts when you stop trying," said Ivana.
Rajko Orman from Nikšić, 18 years old, who has already established a non-governmental organization and is the leader of the local volunteer program, pointed out "unlimited" opportunities which Internet offers to young people. "The Internet should be used not only for entertainment, but also for information and entrepreneurship."
Persistence and setting realistic goals, said Ksenija Baković from Bijelo Polje, are the key to the success of young people. "There are no problems, there are only solutions," said Ksenija to her peers.
In addition to motivational speeches, participants had the opportunity to take part at the mini-fair in the lobby of the Faculty and link up with local and national institutions and organizations which presented their programs and services aimed at supporting young people in employment, entrepreneurship and activism. Participants also had an opportunity to write down their aspirations and share it with others by pinning them on the Aspiration Board. Second motivational event for young people at the North finished with a workshop, where young people talked about their dreams and aspirations and key obstacles on the way to achieve them. Finally, at the end of the workshop, participants signed up for an educational summer camp which will be organized in August.
Motivational event in Bijelo Polje was preceded by a rally in Berane on May 31, which brought together young people from Rozaje, Plav and Andrijevica. Series of motivational events for young people in the north will be completed at the event in Pljevlja at June 21st. As a part of the initiative I Want, at the end of the summer will be organized summer camp for youth in the north of Montenegro, which will offer participants skills, knowledge and information they need for employment, running their own business, as well as activism and participation in decision-making. The initiative is designed in a way that young people will have mentors who will try to help them realize their plans and ideas they develop during camp. 
"The initiative “Sebi želim” (I want) is based on the results of the research which the UN System in Montenegro conducted in 2013 which, among other things, showed that nearly half of young people in Montenegro believe that personal acquaintance is crucial for employment, while most young people want to work in the public sector. The analysis has also revealed that one third of young people in Montenegro is considering starting their own business, but only 4% had taken concrete steps in this direction," said Jelena Miljanic, Coordinator of the UN Programme aimed to empower young people. She also stated that the goal of the initiative is to help young people recognize their own capacities and aspirations and to stimulate them "not to wait for opportunities, but to create them."       
In addition to the motivational events and summer camp initiative „Sebi želim” (I Want) will gather young people on social networks - Facebook:, Twitter : @SebiŽelim | #SebiZelim
The initiative, which will be implemented in the period May - December 2014, is part of the joint UN Programme for Youth Empowerment, implemented by UN agencies *** in Montenegro in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Directorate of Youth and Sports. The initiative is also supported by number of local partners.

Organization of the events for young people in Berane, Bijelo Polje and Pljevlja is supported by the Municipalities of Berane, Bijelo Polje and Pljevlja, Gymnasium "Panto Mališić", Faculty of Economics Bijelo Polje, Employment Agency/local Centers for career information and counseling, and NGO Da zazivi selo. 

*** The United Nations System in the country is comprised of five resident agencies: UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as seven regionally based UN organisations: UNESCO, IAEA, UNEP, UNIDO, FAO, UNECE, UN WOMEN.


Jelena Vojinović, one of six motivational speakers, inspires her peers
Photo: Miloš Vujović


Young people in the audience at the motivational event in Bijelo Polje
Photo: Miloš Vujović
 The Aspiration Board   |   Photo: Miloš Vujović
Young people write down their dreams at the Aspiratin Board
Photo: Miloš Vujović
Workshop on youth aspirations and dreams  |   Photo: Miloš Vujović