Citizen’s association „Ub Youth Club – Ub OK“ (Youth Club of Ub) was established in 2010 as non-partisan, non-governmental organization and non-profit association, established for an indefinite period in order to achieve objectives in the promotion and implementation of youth policies and work with youth to improve the position of youth in our community.
Our organization is a team of young people who gained experience by engaging in the NGO sector, through its membership and work in various non-governmental organizations, and decided to focus towards the promotion of youth activism, as well as all forms of active social participation and increase the visibility of young people in social environments.
On this basis we believe that we have the capacity to implement this project, primarily due to the theoretical knowledge that our members receive during the study and performance of their professional obligations, as well as non-formal education and practical experience that members of the association are individually acquired.
“Ub OK” had its part in the project „Citizen“, supported by “Citizen Initiatives” and “Institute for open communities” – Belgrade, by providing technical and institutional support to high school student parliament of Gymnasium „Branislav Petronijević” – Ub. As a result of the collaboration, high school students qualified and participated in the review of projects all over Serbia in Belgrade, with as many as six of its projects and noted excellent results. Winning second place at the festival of Serbian projects, their projects qualified to the regional competition in Ohrid, Macedonia, where the project was highly praised by the jury. Budget for their project was about 5.000 € and was provided by “Citizen Initiatives” and local government.
Public hearings on the Law on Youth, where the current activists Ub OK participated together with representatives of institutions and young people from the municipalities of Valjevo, Valjevo and Ljig and representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports held a round table for making the Law on Youth.
In the campaign „Let’s Clean Serbia” 2010 and 2011, “Ub OK” was actively involved in organizing volunteers, mainly students of schools from Ub, who gave a great contribution to the whole action. City of Ub collected about 140 cubic meters or five containers (827 bags) and 223 other waste bags (37 cubic meters). “General cleaning” of the city was supported by over 700 volunteers. Budget for this project was about 7.000 euros and was provided by Ministry for Ecology and local government.
School of language culture is the course, which began in the second week of March this year and brings together over 30 high school students. During the course, expert speakers will teach students to express properly, paying attention to phonetics and diction and using modern teaching methods. The project is aimed at fostering culture, language, and trainees. The project is still ongoing and is scheduled to become a regular activity of the organization. In the current implementation, we established a base of at least 50 potential volunteers and youth who are ready to activate on its own and in the local community.
Youth Entrepreneurship in cooperation with Youth Office Ub and the support of USAID, the course is held in the first week of March 2011 and which brought together over 25 participants. The aim of the training was that young people who are interested in starting own business, improve existing or interested to gain new knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship. Activists of organization and the course participants gained new knowledge and skills that they can contribute to creating better conditions for their work despite the improved conditions in the local community.
Ecological map of Tamnava: The project aimed to create a single directory – maps ecologically important places in the municipality of Ub to the following environmental actions geared towards promoting and protecting the environment at these locations. The project includes the reclamation and protection of sites through the activities of planting seedlings and equipment locations trash cans and PET bottles. Project was supported by Ministry for ecology and spatial planning (5.500 €) and Municipality of Ub.
Stop Violence is a project developed in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Municipality of Ub and Ub police station, dedicated primary to school, whose goal was to reduce the number of events bullying involving children in primary schools. The purpose of the project was to develop the students’ awareness of diversity and non-discriminatory treatment, the need for a common understanding of problem solving and group interests, the importance of social skills such as listening and tolerance and quality ways of spending leisure time (sport, socializing …).
“Ub OK” has strong level of communication and cooperation with Ministry for Youth and Sports, as well as their resource centre “Zdravo da ste” from Belgrade.