Applications for the Training for Professional Associates for Work with Youth have been extended!

Due to the large number of inquiries and interest in the Training for Professional Associates for Work with Youth, the Institute for Youth Development KULT has extended the deadline for applications by another week!

You can apply until  April 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.


Are you active, working or long-term volunteering in a youth organization, youth center, youth club or in some organization or institution implementing projects with young people and directed towards young people? Do you consider yourself a youth worker or do you hold that title in your organization? If your answer is yes and if you want to meet similar colleagues and share your experience, and learn new approaches to working with young people, then we are looking for you!

Be a part of the new generation of training for professional associates for work with young people!


Professional associates for work with young people (better known as youth workers) represent persons who work in youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations that work with young people or public institutions that support the development of young people. A professional associate supports the professional, personal and educational development of a young person. Working with young people on different ideas and initiatives, expert associates for working with young people work together with young people on the development of the communities in which they operate.

On the initiative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT in 2014. the occupation of expert associate for work with youth is included in the occupation classification of the Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


The institute organizes training for professional associates for work with young people. With training, we support people who work with young people and improve their skills and knowledge for the development of the youth sector and youth work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The training consists of four modules, practical work and a final test. Thematic areas covered during the training are: work with young people, communication with young people, social competences and organizational skills in working with young people. Each module lasts four days, and interactive work, non-formal education methods, experiential learning and exchange of experience are an integral part of the training. In addition to the work part, the training also contains a series of contents through which the participants will have the opportunity to exchange their professional and life experiences, but also to socialize.

During the training, participants will have the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in practice and to act in their local community with the aim of improving the position and needs of young people. By implementing a local citizen initiative (LGI) as a youth worker, you can make the change that your community needs and work to strengthen the organization in which you operate. You come up with a local civic initiative together with young people from the community, and the entire implementation process will be supported by the Institute in advisory and financial support.


Planned training dates:

Module I: May 16 – 19, 2024.

Module II: June 13 – 16, 2024.

Module III: July 11-14, 2024.

Module IV: 11-14. September 2024

The Institute reserves the right to change the mentioned dates with timely information to the participants. The location of the module will be provided to the participants later, and during the training we will visit several other interesting locations.


The Institute for Youth Development KULT bears the costs of accommodation, food, transportation and work materials for the duration of the training.

For the organization of testing and certification, it is necessary to pay a participation fee of 50.00 KM before the start of the first module. Participation can be paid by the participant himself or by the organization/institution from which he comes. The organizer issues a corresponding invoice for participation. Instructions for payment to the giro account will be delivered to the selected participants who confirm their participation in the training. Participation is paid only once, before the start of the first module, and it is valid for the entire duration of the training.


All persons residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina who have completed at least secondary school, work with young people in youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations that work with young people and on youth issues, non-governmental organizations, counseling centers and institutions that implement projects for young people. Each registered person must have the support of an organization or institution for participation, which fits into at least one of the listed categories.


Very simple!

If you are interested in participating in this training, you meet the above criteria, you want to motivate the young people you work with to change things in your community with joint efforts, and you have an idea on how to do it, you need to record a video that will answer the question  “How start the youth in the community?”

Think about the specific problems and challenges you face in your work with young people in your organization/community. When you recognize the most important problems and needs, come up with a way to solve them and tell us about it in video format. The video should not be longer than 3 minutes.

If you feel that you will express yourself better in text or some other form, feel free to do so. The text should not be longer than one sheet of A4 format in Times New Roman font, size 11.

You apply for the training via the electronic application form available at the linkčne_saradnike_za_rad_s_mladima_2024  , within which you will also submit your work (video, text…) on the given topic. In the form, you also need to provide two recommendations of people we could contact (name, surname, position and contact).

If all this sounds unreal to you and you would like to hear the experiences of other people who have undergone this training,   an archive of a series of texts about youth workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina is available at THIS link. We wrote about the experiences and career paths that participants of earlier generations took during and after the training.

You can get additional information about the training for professional associates for work with young people and the Public call for participation in the training via email   or phone number 033 778 765.

You can download the public invitation document  HERE .

NOTE: Expressions that, for the sake of transparency, are given in one grammatical gender in the document without discrimination apply equally to persons of all genders.