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Do Something; Be a Part of Something Bigger!

Davor  Tunjic  Shirt Photo 500

By Davor Tunjic, YES Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012-2013

The project that we started on the first of August 2014 started off with a training about youth activism and volunteerism for youngsters in my community. It showed the 15 young participants from Bistarac and other neighboring communities how to become volunteers. The trainers were experienced young leaders who went through a lot of trainings on the same topic. To purchase supplies and activities for this project, I was able to obtain funding from a small YES alumni grant, the Youth Bank Lukavac, and donations from people and companies in my community.

The second stage of the project took place on August second and third and involved renovating an old sport field, which was the first opportunity for young people in my community to experience true volunteerism. We painted the basketball poles and got new hoops and nets. Soccer is the favorite sport in my community, so we made new goal posts for mini-soccer and painted new lines on the concrete field. The new volleyball field was placed right next to the sport field.

On August 15th, we reached the third stage of the project, which involved organizing a sports day for young people in my community and celebrating our hard work with a barbecue. One of the volunteers asked me, "when will we organize something similar to this; we made an amazing change here!?” I was happy to see that young people from my community got engaged, and I hope we will do more activities like these in the future.