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Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs – Work, learn, volunteer!

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Youth Initiative for Human rights Croatia is inviting you to take part in

Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs – Work, learn, volunteer!

Event dates:

6.4.2022. – 08.04.2022.

Parallel exhibition: 06.04. – 10.04.

Main Location: Student Center, Savska cesta 25 Zagreb (cinema lobby, second floor – Tree of Knowledge conference room )

Study visit on 7.4.: Friends of the Earth Croatia, Frankopanska ulica 1

Organizers: Youth Initiative for Human Rights Croatia and University of Zagreb

Planned participants: at least 200 young people and students (in total at all events, panels and workshops, will be registered separately), at least 30 civil society organizations that will either present themselves or participate in conference and workshops.

YIHR Croatia is organizing a Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs – Work, learn, volunteer!, which consists of a one-day conference and a series of workshops and interactive and networking events. The aim of the project is to increase the employability of young people who have completed social sciences and humanities and to connect them with civil society organizations that find it difficult to reach quality staff. The goal is also to promote associations as inclusive and attractive places for employment, places for an apprenticeship, and other types of volunteering for students and young NEETs and present them CSOs as a kind of ‘soft skills accelerators’ or places where young people can learn valuable skills and knowledge crucial for navigating the labor market. 

Additionally: the program will be attended by participants from other parts of Croatia and from abrogated 



1st day, 06.04.2022. , Wednesday

Work, learn, volunteer! – Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs 

1st day, 06.04.2022. , Wednesday

Everything at the Student Center

11.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion: Working in civil society: how much does working out of love cost us? (Tree of Knowledge room) (Hybrid event – live streaming on youtube with simultaneous translation to English)

ModeratorBranka Vierda (YIHR)


Noah Kraljević (Union Skupa) 

Danijel Baturina (professor from the Faculty of law)

Matea Marić (IKS) – presentation of good volunteering practice of youth centers

This panel discussion will be attended by representatives of civil society organizations, representatives of academia and relevant institutions as well as young people, and will discuss employment opportunities and career development in civil society

12:30 – 14:00 Networking event and lunch in the lobby of the SC (space in front of the cinema/&TD) 

The aim of this event is to connect civil society organizations and students and other participants and visitors of the conference. In addition to lunch, information points and posters of individual organizations can be organized in the lobby, where visitors can stay and talk, while adhering to epidemiological measures.

14:00 – 15:30 – How to make civil society organizations more inclusive? (Tree of Knowledge) – Discussion and presentation (Hybrid event – live streaming on zoom with simultaneous translation to English)

This event will present in an interactive way good practices related to inclusive volunteering and the inclusion of vulnerable groups of young people in the work and activities of associations. Volunteers and associations from Croatia will participate, as well as international volunteers and organizations from other countries. We would like to present 5 good practices of volunteering at this event:

Moderator: Maja Krištafor

CSO speakers:

Mateja Morić (Ljubljana Pride) – introduction to inclusive volunteering; plus their inclusive volunteering practices 

Maja Žilić (YIHR Serbia)

Zrinka Suk (Ocean znanja/Ocean of Knowledge)

Anamaria Macanović (Are You Serious)

Tea Domin (Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) 

16:00 – 17:30 – Forum theater play – associations POKAZ and Roma Youth Organization of Croatia (Tree of Knowledge) – Testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies

18:00 – Opening of the exhibition: “Peace activism of the nineties and today” 

18.30 – Choir Domaćigosti performance

Catering dinner


2nd Day, 07.04.2022. : Workshops and  interactive events 

(Tree of Knowledge and Cinema Lobby)

Study visit in the afternoon in the city center

10:00 – 11:30 – LOESJE – creative writing workshop – testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies in the field of human rights for students (Tree of Knowledge room)

12:00 – 13:30 – Testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies – Ocean znanja, Zrinka Suk  (Tree of Knowledge room)

LUNCH and free time

15: 30 – 17:00 – Career speed dating – Associations (as employers and leaders of volunteering programs) and students/youth 

18:00 – 19:00 – Testing of two inclusive volunteering methodologies in the field of sustainability and ecology (Friends of the Earth Croatia and Biciklopopravljaona and Swap Party- meeting with volunteers and activists), Frankopanska ulica 1, Zagreb 


3rd Day, April 8, 2022: Workshops and interactive events 

(Tree of Knowledge)


10:00 – 11:30 – Skills development workshop – writing a CV and preparing for a job interview in associations: Maja Krištafor and Ivan Tominac

12:00 – 13:30 – National Youth Council of Ireland – workshop ‘Hear my truth’ – Testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies in the field of youth work for students 

14:00 – 15:40 – Skills development workshop (2nd group)- writing a CV and preparing for a job interview in associations: Maja Krištafor and Ivan Tominac


Additional program – exhibition: “Peace activism of the nineties and today”

from 06.04.2022. – 10.04.2022.


Background information

The exhibition “Peace Activism of the 1990s and Today” was designed by Branka Vierda and Nikica Torbica. Through photographs and statements by members of the Croatian Anti-War Campaign and activists born after the 1990s, the exhibition focuses on the meaning of peace and peace activism in the 1990s and 30 years later.

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