EUROPEAN YOUTH CAPITAL PROGRAM

Novi Sad received the title of European Youth Capital based on the program which should include more than a half a million young people across Europe during a three-year period. The #EYC2019 Program consists of seven pillars which follow the motivation from which we stated and the goals which we will follow during 2018, 2019 and 2020. Our intention is to strive towards the creation of space in which the energy of young people is celebrated, in which their creativity is improved, in which ideals are developed and in which the decisions are made along with the creators of the policies. Therefore, the pillars tell their own stories…

I We celebrate the energy of young people!

We will show the whole society positive examples among young people, using modern media and music. Young people have a voice, and we will help this voice be heard more!

YOUNG PEOPLE OPEN THEIR DOORS!

The central campaign is dedicated to the promotion of successful young people in different areas, through television, the Internet, radio, billboards and posters at the territory of Serbia and future
European Youth Capitals.

POSITIVE, YOUNG PEOPLE!

TV show dedicated to activities of young people, which will be aired at the YouTube channel of RTV (Public Broadcasting Service of Vojvodina). The show covers different aspects of youth life – education, scholarships, internships, jobs, leisure and travel.

OPENING DOORS FACTOR

Music competition will be realised in cooperation with RTS (Public Broadcasting Service of Serbia), for the purpose of encouraging young people to share their musical talent and ideals for a happier Novi Sad.

THE PEOPLE OF NOVI SAD

A website dedicated to the promotion of the diversity of the city, by sharing the stories of the people who have just came to Novi Sad, of different nationalities, religions and orientations.

SILENT DISCO FOR THE GOODNESS

A party where a headset is used, which is an ecology- and neighbourhood-friendly way for people to entertain. It will show and promote health lifestyles and the goodness of young people, with the moto: Have fun and remember!

MY HERO

We support the citizenship and the spirit of the community though the presentation and promotion of the new role models of young people. They will present their cousins, neighbours and teachers as their heroes. The program is executed in cooperation with RTV.

LOUD, LOUDER, THE LOUDEST!

Apart from the space which will be available for young people to practice and be creative, we will support them in entering into the fast-developing music scene – Concert of the Year which is held every December since 1993.

II We encourage innovations and creativity!

We believe that Novi Sad has the capacity to once again be a pioneer in the areas of creative industry, youth work and entrepreneurship. Therefore, we create Youth Creative Polis in Chinatown and unique Youth Centre through which we open our door to art, culture, music, theatre and fun!

YOUTH POLIS OPENS ITS DOOR!

Abandoned factories will become a new youth and creative centres. Youth Creative Polis will become a small youth city in Novi Sad – centre of creative industry, entrepreneurship development of young people and a place for youth organisations. It will provide young people with the space for artistic expression, workshops, conferences, restaurants, cinemas, artistic events and
accommodation throughout the year.

FUN PARK

Fun Park is a place where young people will have the possibility to investigate their ideas, interpersonal relations, fears and dreams through an interactive platform and new technologies, and to have fun along the way. This facility will be developed in cooperation with civil society organisations and entrepreneurs, and it will offer visual-animated workshops, interactive ITC games, interactive tables and role-play.

THEATRE OPENS ITS DOOR

We support the pupils of elementary schools in Vojvodina to present the optimistic ideas on how Novi Sad should look like as a happier city through plays, in cooperation with The Youth Theatre.

CULTURE OPENS ITS DOOR

We investigate the role of culture in the creation of more opportunities for young people. How? Along with our partner, Novi Sad European Culture Capital 2021 and their culture program.

FREE OF CHARGE WI-FI OPENS ITS DOOR

We provide free Wi-Fi to all citizens of Novi Sad and its visitors, in cooperation with the City of Novi Sad and partners.

STREET ART OPENS ITS 100 DOORS

We gather street arts to picture 1000 murals in Serbia and in the countries in the region. We promote young people as a positive element of every society, with the cooperation with youth non-
governmental organisations.

III We promote Europe and European values!

The title of European Youth Capital is the right opportunity to extend our activities throughout the whole region and to connect young people based on the same, European values!

CARAVAN OF THE YOUTH ACTIVISM

An exhibition on the history of youth activism from the whole region will travel through our country and the surrounding countries in order to promote the young people as the catalysts of positive changes. Our Caravan of the Youth Activism will visit: Vukovar, Ljubljana, Maribor, Zagreb, Rijeka, Budapest, Timișoara, Cluj, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, Podgorica, Priština, Skopje, the Athens, Thessaloniki, Varna, Sofia… and of course, our Novi Sad.

EUROPEAN YOUTH CAPITAL ON THE ROAD

We promote the concept of European Youth Capital outside the youth sector, in order to indicate its value, and at the same time, we work on the sustainability of the whole concept.

NOVI SAD – A GLOBAL VILLAGE

The four-day conference will gather 200 young leaders from all continents in order to talk about the role of young people in solving global challenges at the local level. The main outcome will be the declaration which will be used for the purpose of the advocacy in the United Nations and at the European level.

WHERE ARE YOU, EUROPE?

The conference dedicated to future visions of Europe will be held in Novi Sad during European Youth Forum General Meeting, and it will gather the representatives of young people from Europe and the ministries in charge of young people.

THE DANUBE OPENS ITS DOOR

We gather informal groups, students and youth organisations from 10 countries, in order to discuss and design 50 good ideas on how to connect Europe based on innovative, sustainable ideas. Our inspiration is the Danube River, which connects almost 30 cities, from Germany to Bulgaria.

EXIT OPENS ITS DOOR

We will host 47 young people from the Member States of the Council of Europe during EXIT Festival, which is our partner on this project. They will stay in our city free of charge and have the opportunity to show their talents and bring something innovative to European Youth Capital, which opens the door to young people from the whole world.

VISIT NOVI SAD

We develop special offers for the young people from Europe along with Tourist Organisation of the City of Novi Sad and we promote them at the European fairs and tourist events, by using the ideas, stories and projects of young people.

IV We cherish diversity among young people in different societies!

Open your mind and be yourself, no matter what other people say is the philosophy which the intercultural Novi Sad promotes. It is embedded in all our programs, we want to additionally empower and encourage it in our city, which is a home for more than 26 nationalities and minority groups.

ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF – LOUD AND CLEAR

We loudly and clearly promote the diversity and connect different identifies, simultaneously cherishing Novi Sad as a place for all minority groups – newcomers, immigrants, LGBTIQ+ and all
young people. We debunk myths and fight against stereotypes, xenophobia and homophobia.

EUROGAMES 2019

We promote the manual for informal education of disabled young people in 50 schools in Serbia and in the region, in order to provide the support to teachers in their work with young people with some form of disability. The manual is created by YEU International.

ROMING

We connect and empower young Roma men and women at the territory of the West Balkans, in order to use the EU funds in the best possible manner and to create more efficient initiatives of
lobbing and thereby bring the European perspectives to the local Roma communities.

GIRL’S POWER

We promote the feminist movement and young professionals so that they can join the empowerment of women in society. The rhetoric competition for top 20 participants from the whole
Europe on the empowerment of women is the right way to do that!

HAVE A DINNER WITH US

The welcome dinner in the neighbouring manner, intended for the introduction and integration with people for whom Novi Sad is a new home.

LET’S REACH DIVERSITY

By the initiative for the help and support to immigrants and asylum seekers who live in Novi Sad, we strive to ensure a place where they can contribute to the community, in order to regain their dignity and personal autonomy through short-term volunteer engagements in local youth organisations.

NS LIVE LIBRARY

We create positive framework for discussions and demolition of stereotypes through a dialogue! We organise live library in six countries of ex-Yugoslavia, in order to promote tolerance and
understanding and in order to break the stereotypes between the nations.

PRIDE 1.0

We organise global pride which celebrates diversity and advocates LGBTQI+ rights throughout the world, in cooperation with Belgrade Pride.

V. We encourage participation of young people!

We open our door for all young people to create their future by influencing local community and political processes, by creation of innovative initiatives. We encourage them to become the generators of changes and insiders in the processes of making decisions related to them.

WE VOTE FOR THE OPENING OF YOUTH DOOR

We encourage young people to participate in the political life and use their voting rights, through online campaign via social networks. We are focused on young people, aged 18-21, who are not advocates of any political party, or active in organisations.

WE VOLUNTEER FOR NOVI SAD

12 volunteering weekends are coming, for the purpose of sharing good energy, celebrate healthy life-styles and present Novi Sad as youth and friendly city.

THE BANK OF TIME

The online platform for volunteering is based on the principles of economy of sharing and network of understanding. The Bank of Time is a place where young people will have the possibility to spend a certain number of volunteering hours in favour of the volunteering time of some other participant.

LET’S GO TO PICKNIK

We organise a large outside event dedicated to healthy lifestyle, where we teach pupils of elementary and secondary schools how to grow, prepare and cook healthy food, but also how to enjoy parks in Novi Sad.

GAMING 4 SOCIAL CHANGE

Two-day fair dedicated to creative industry and video games will gather the young people from the whole Europe who work and create different video games, inspired by social changes, in order to present the examples of good practice and additionally connect people interested in such topic.

BYCICLISM OPENS ITS DOOR

We create bicycle paths in our cities and promote healthy life-styles, street culture and activism through a two-month event.

SPORT OPENS ITS DOOR

We support sport clubs and manifestations, in order to promote healthy life-style and sport, physical activities, along with sportsmen and fan associations.

VI. We empower youth organisations!

We want the mechanisms of the youth policy which we recognise, create and empower to exist even after 2019. With the support to youth organisations, we want to highlight the significance of the work of young people.

STRONG YOUTH ORGANISATIONS OPEN THEIR DOORS!

We support Local Action Plan for young people and existing Youth Offices in cooperation with local government. We will publish the publication of the examples of good practice, which will be translated in all languages of the members of the Council of Europe, in order to encourage the transfer of knowledge from Novi Sad to other local communities in Europe.

GRANTS FOR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS WHICH OPEN THEIR DOORS!

We support program grants for young people, in order to maintain the continuity and quality of the program for young people. Such grants will support youth workers in the provision of continuous services and programs which correspond to the needs of young people.

INFOPOLIS YOUTH INFO CENTER OPENS ITS DOOR!

We support Infopolis, as an existing youth info-centre, to improve the service of informing young people, with larger coordination of youth actors and with the setup of info-points in different parts of the city.

ACTIVITIES OF YOUTH ORGANISATIONS OPEN THEIR DOORS

We empower youth organisations of civil society to open their doors for unorganised young people in the programs supported by the Local Action Plan.

YOUTH OFFICES OPEN THEIR DOORS

We support local Youth Offices to organise a workshop dedicated to some of the projects within the #OPENS2019 program.

SOCIAL SERVICES OPEN THEIR DOORS

We support the providers of social services to open their doors to the most excluded young people in the city, offering a one-day workshop about the opportunities for young people.

ERASMUS PLUS OPENS ITS DOORS

We organise a one-day conference, dedicated to Erasmus+ program which will encourage the discussion among the youth organisations from the Balkans, the creators of the policies and the representatives of the Council of Europe, European Commission and European Parliament. We want to mutually evaluate the results and outcomes of the Balkan window within the Erasmus+ program, but also to make recommendations for future programs from such conclusions.

VII. We develop inclusive youth policies!

We provide the opportunity for young people to create a city of their own and encourage them and support in being included in the process of making decisions related to them.

CO-MANAGEMENT OPENS ITS DOOR

The system of co-management includes the creation of a decision-making body, in whose competence will be the definition of priorities in the youth policy of Novi Sad, with the purpose of promoting culture of dialogue between young people and the creators of the policies.

YOUTH PARTICIPATIVE BUDGET OPENS ITS DOOR

By participative budget, we provide young people with the opportunity to realise their ideas with the support of the city budget and thereby improve the part of their everyday environment.

SILENT VOICES

Through workshops and lectures, we encourage young people in remote, rural areas, who are not supporters of any political party or activists of the organisations of civil society, to be informed and become more active in the political life.

THE MAJOR OPENS HIS DOOR

We open the major’s door for 20 young people on monthly basis, in order to mutually discuss the problems and needs of young people in Novi Sad and Vojvodina, in cooperation with the Youth
Council and other youth actors.

THE PRIME MINISTER OPENS HER DOOR

We open the door of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia for 30 young people, who will discuss the problems and needs of young people in Serbia, in cooperation with the Office of Prime
Minister and the Umbrella Youth Organisation of Serbia.