Ivana Zorić | Photo: Željko Bracanović
Ivana Zorić is a self-confident 17-year-old girl, who knows what she wants to achieve in life, but she needs support and guidance. She is growing up in Berane, a small town in northern Montenegro, the poorest region in the country which offers, according to her, almost no opportunity for the development of activism or entrepreneurial spirit in young people. She says that the majority of her peers choose going to cafes as the only option for leisure time after school.
“We mostly miss an opportunity to have someone to hear our problems, to hear what we want. And also to allow us to acquire some additional skills," Ivana says.
In her hometown, the Youth Council recently started operating, which Ivana sees as a rare opportunity for young people to be involved, to socialize, to develop joint activities or initiate an important issue for young people in the town.
Ivana Zorić, Berane
She admits to have been awaken by motivational events and workshops within the “I wish for myself:” campaign, which took place in the summer of 2014. She was encouraged by what she heard from experiences of her peers coming from similar environments, and the ways in which they were overcoming obstacles all young people face.
She is eager to see continuatin of UN Youth Programme, since she wants that “driving force” to be passed on as many young people in Montenegro as possible. She thinks that even physical distance or financial obstacles can’t turn that energy off.
“We - young people - all need some kind of mentorship, we need someone to tell us when something isn’t good and to encourage us to move on. But, above all, we need someone to talk to", Ivana concluded.