Projects

Inclusion in employment

Program Title: Inclusion in employment

Donor: Ministry of Youth and Sport

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: June 2015 – December 2015                   

Objectives: Improvement the employability of young persons with disabilities through activation, informal training, work experience and building a sustainable cooperation with employers.

Social Alternatives for Family Empowering - SAFE

Program Title: Social Alternatives for Family Empowering – SAFE

Donor: European Union (“Open Arms” project)

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Republic institute for social protection, Papilot-Institute for enhancement and development of quality of life, Creative Educational Centre – KEC, Association of users of psychiatric services and their families “Soul”

Duration: June 2014 – December 2015

Project aim is to contribute to enhancement of social inclusion, through creation of the innovative community based service (family counselor), enabling processes of deinstitutionalization, as well as ensuring empowerment of persons with mental disabilities and mental health disorders.

Sports Inclusion

Program Title: Sports Inclusion

Donor: Ministry of youth and sport

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Wheelchair basketball association Serbia

Duration: September 2014 – February 2015

Sports Inclusion Project aims to promote and develops adaptive sports, as well as to improve the environment for active sports participation of vulnerable young people. By encouraging and promoting participation of vulnerable young people in project activities, project will encourage their social inclusion, and create an environment of equal opportunity for all.

Program for support employment of persons with disabilities in open labour market

Program Title: Program for support employment of persons with disabilities in open labour market

Donor: City of Belgrade, Department for Social Protection

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration:  January 2014 – June 2014

December 2014 – March 2015

April 2015  April 2016

Objectives:

– realization of education courses for professional empowerment of persons with disabilities

– support for job search

– professional practice

– informing companies about disability issues

Program for supporting families with a member with disabilities – for living in the community

Program Title: Program for supporting families with a member with disabilities – for living in the community

Donor: City of Belgrade, Department for Social Protection

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Association “Ideas”

Duration: October 2014 – January 2015

The project aims to create training programs and provide service for supporting families with a member with disabilities, and to strengthen competence of families for understanding the needs of members with disabilities and to establish functional patterns of behavior.

The project will enable the piloting of innovative service that represents the solution of key problems of the family in the process of de-institutionalization and prevention of institutionalization, enabling users to stay in the community.

Information and Communications Technologies Inclusion Platform

Program Title: Information and Communications Technologies Inclusion Platform

Donor: Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: IN Center

Duration: September 2013 – June 2014

The project was designed in order to contribute to a higher level of self-sustainability and to a better social inclusion of persons with disabilities through various educational activities enabling the applicability of information and communications technologies on daily basis.

Sustainable Social Support Services for Persons with Disabilities within Local Communities

Program Title:Sustainable Social Support Services for Persons with Disabilities within Local Communities

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Association of Citizens “Perspectives”

Duration: July 2013 – January 2014

The project aimed at increasing self-sustainability and potentials of persons with disabilities alongside their inclusion and integration within the society through the applicability of sustainable social support services within local communities.

Center for Inclusion, Innovation and Integration

Program Title: Center for Inclusion, Innovation and Integration

Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development CenterAssociation of Citizens “Perspectives”“Here is the Hand”“New Day”

Associates: National Employment Service

Duration: April 2013 – April 2014

Providing different kinds of assistance, the Center will offer logistical and working capacities to all organizations that need it, in one place. It will also propose many free amenities for persons with disabilities, such as free legal advice, volunteering services and existential information needed. Furthermore, the Center plans to organize various types of trainings, workshops and seminars that will directly help improve and advance the capacity and potential of organizations and individuals. Throughout two of its main areas, social entrepreneurship and social inclusion, the Center attempts to improve the position of the organizations dealing with people with disabilities as well as persons with disabilities themselves.

Sustainable Community Based Services for Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: Sustainable Community Based Services for Persons with Disabilities

Donor: The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (Civil Society Facility)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center, Citizens Association “The Chance, Association of Citizens “Perspectives”

Associates: National Employment Service, Republic Institute for Social Protection, Institute for the Improvement of Education, RC and CSU Network of Serbia – Association of Regional Centers and Centers for Professional Development

Duration: December 2012 – June 2014

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the development of social inclusion into our society, by providing the cooperation between the existing and new potential community based service providers within the areas of social protection, education and employment. Alongside, another goal of the project is to improve the position of persons with disabilities within local communities.

Inclusive Methods of Education

Program Title: Inclusive Methods of Education

Donor: Embassy of the United States Serbia

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center

Duration: April 2013 – December 2013

The goal of the project is to help young people with disabilities reach their full potential and have equal participation during their high school education. The idea is to create an open-minded environment, as well as to promote and improve the overall level of inclusive teaching and learning.

Disability Employment Union Platform

ProgramTitle: Disability Employment Union Platform

Donor: The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (EIDHR)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: SeCons – Development Initiative Group, Center for Independent Living Serbia

Associates: National Employment Service

Duration: June 2012 – July 2014

Key goal of the project is to contribute to the improvement of employment rights of persons with disabilities by providing a more active role to the civil society organizations, and enhancing the cooperation between these organizations and relevant local stakeholders. Other activities include the development of new and innovative platform regarding the employment policy monitoring, as well as the formation of the Union for the protection of employment rights of persons with disabilities.

Perspectives on Social Inclusion of Roma Population

Program Title: Perspectives on Social Inclusion of Roma Population

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: July 2012 – December 2012

The intention of the project is to broadly contribute to the social inclusion of the Roma population. In order to provide the necessary conditions for social inclusion, the project was envisioned as a campaign that contained series of different workshops with various themes that aimed to reach diverse target groups within the Roma population and the wider community. This project was based on the idea that the new law on social protection was not fully implemented among the most marginalized groups in society.

Together in School

Program Title: Together in School

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: July 2012 – December 2012

The project deals with the promotion of inclusive education as an important element in the process of social inclusion of children with disabilities. Inclusive education provides an opportunity for children with special needs to be a part of the school system and the community, so as adults they are able to fully and equally participate in their respective communities.

Local Platform for Career Guidance

Program Title: Local Platform for Career Guidance

Donor: The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (Support to Civil Society)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: NGO “The Chance”, Pozarevac

Associates: National Employment Service, Republic Institute for the Advancement of Education

Duration: June 2011 – June 2012

Project aims to advance the dialogue within a civil society trough the development of the Youth Employment Platform (YEP) as an effective two-way communication and collaboration mechanism between the NGOs and other sectors inside local communities. This platform intends to tackle some of the crucial problems regarding the employment and other challenges that social disadvantaged groups encounter. The project aims to involve young people, members of marginalized groups and their parents, as well as persons working within the school system, public services and business sector.

Academy of Political and Leadership Skills

Program Title: Academy of Political and Leadership Skills

Partners: Youth with Disabilities Forum, National Democratic Institute

Duration: December 2011 – March 2012

Project aims to strengthen the leadership potential among the young representatives of persons with disabilities being the driving force that initiate change in our society, numerous agents representing the interests of marginalized groups and all-important actors that help create the inclusive society in Serbia. The Academy combines educational programs intended for young people, various training programs for upcoming instructors alongside good practices regarding the socioeconomic inclusion.

Socialization and Career Guidance for Young Roma

Program Title: Socialization and Career Guidance for Young Roma

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: May 2011 – November 2011

In order to raise the level of social skills that would enable greater employment of the Roma population in the city of Belgrade, the project will directly contribute to the improvement of various competences needed for the inclusion of Roma into all sectors in our society.

New Skills for Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: New Skills for Persons with Disabilities

Donor: European Commission (Progress 2007-2013)

Lead applicant: National Employment Service

Partners: Youth with Disabilities Forum, Institute Papilot, Slovenia

Duration: April 2010 – April 2011

The overall goal of the project is to tackle a large number of important problems regarding the employment of persons with disabilities and their inclusion into the labor market. Therefore, this project focuses on the advancement of institutional capacities through the creation of an innovative Disability Employment Platform (DEP), that will enable the cooperation between relevant institutions on the one hand, and stakeholders on the other. DEP is an official platform that successfully pairs job-seekers with an adequate vacancy, in regards to their training, skills and experience.

Anti-Discrimination Issues in the field of Social Protection in Serbia

Program Title: Anti-Discrimination Issues in the field of Social Protection in Serbia

Donor: European Commission (Progress 2007-2013)

Lead applicant: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Partners: Youth with Disabilities Forum, Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Civic Initiatives, Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors, Center for Children’s Rights.

Duration: December 2009 – December 2010

This project aimed at increasing tolerance in the Serbian society by raising public awareness, and through the introduction of several EU anti-discrimination policies within the area of social politics in Serbia. The issue of discrimination was mainly addressed to public social services, children and young people, NGOs, various bodies in charge of national equality, alongside general public.

Inclusive Eco Forum

Program Title: Inclusive Eco Forum

Donor: Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: June 2009 – March 2010

The project contributes to a better implementation of EU and national policies in the areas of environmental protection and social inclusion, through mechanisms of raising awareness and educating the public about the importance of including persons with disabilities in the process of environmental protection. Reinforcing the cooperation with relevant stakeholders ensures a higher level of employment and social inclusion of persons with disabilities, alongside poverty reduction, and creates better conditions for pollution reduction in the Republic of Serbia.

A Chance for Success in the Labor Market

Program Title: A Chance for Success in the Labor Market

Donor: UNDP

Lead applicant: Citizens Association “The Chance”, Pozarevac

Partner: Youth with Disabilities Forum; NGO “Stozer”, Sopot

The aim of the project is to improve the employability and to create better conditions for a further career development of young people, through the promotion of career guidance. Building partnerships and forming various networks of different services in order to improve the employability of the young will create the basis for a more adequate career choice and their full inclusion in the labor market.

Forum Info Inclusive

Program Title: Forum Info Inclusive

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: June 2009 – February 2010

Through the establishment of the Forum Info Inclusive innovative services, this project intends to give all necessary information, provide education, promote and implement social entrepreneurship, as a model for the improvement of social inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Sports Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: Sports Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: March 2009 – October 2009

The project helped raise awareness and support within local communities regarding the inclusion and involvement of persons with disabilities in all sports. Alongside, within institutional and organizational milieu, it created all necessary conditions in order to increase the level of participation of marginalized groups, in the city of Belgrade.

Strengthening the Capacities of Inter-Municipal Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia

Program Title: Strengthening the Capacities of Inter-Municipal Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia

Donor: UNDP

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Inclusive Society Development Center

Duration: November 2008 – May 2009

Youth with Disabilities Forum initiated the project in order to reach full participation of persons with disabilities and promote equal rights in our society. Through capacity building and networking, inter-municipal organizations are empowered to actively participate in the process of promoting the standardization of the Serbian sign language.

Four Steps towards Equal Opportunities

Program Title: Four Steps towards Equal Opportunities

Donor: European Integration Fund “Europeaid” (CARDS Program)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center, Association of Students with Disabilities, Bureau for Social Research

Duration: May 2008 – May 2009

The overall objective of the project is building capacities of persons with disabilities and local stakeholders within the field of activism and public advocacy. Partakers in this project aimed at promotion and a greater enforcement of the Law on Prevention of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities as to increase the social inclusion of marginalized groups.

Network of Trust

Program Title: Network of Trust

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: April 2008 – December 2008

Through the establishment of organized and sustainable communication system, the project intended to build the capacity of persons with disabilities to live as independently and as fully as possible within their respective communities, empower self-advocacy, and provide the general public with more information about the problems that marginalized groups encounter.

Accessibility Bulletin

Program Title: Accessibility Bulletin

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs, City of Belgrade, Municipality of Stari grad, Copy Center “Antique”

Duration: 2007 – 2008

This bulletin includes a list of all entities and institutions accessible for persons with disabilities that are of the utmost importance for a normal daily routine. One of the main purposes of this bulletin is to pinpoint a major accessibility problem that persons with disabilities face in public institutions as well as in other multifunctional objects.

Media and Us

Program Title: Media and Us

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: 2007

The goal of the project was to introduce new approaches and trends in monitoring and reporting about the organizations dealing with persons with disabilities, as well as to train and educate journalists and broadcasters of both print and electronic media, how to implement such practices.

Regional Cooperation of Young People with Disabilities Conference

Program Title: Regional Cooperation of Young People with Disabilities Conference

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Association of Students with Disabilities, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation

Duration: February 2007

The conference aimed at consolidating cooperation among regional organizations dealing with the needs and problems of young people with disabilities. Another goal was creating conditions needed for the establishment of effective partnerships that would be of common interest, and forming a regional network of organizations that deal with the persons with disabilities.

Support Program for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: Support Program for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

DonorCity of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

DurationAugust 2013 – December 2013

The objective of the program is to assist persons with disabilities to attain employment and to ensure that they have equal access and full participation in a productive and gainful employment in the open market. This program intends to provide the employers the support and all necessary information on the employment of persons with disabilities, as well as to enable employees with disabilities get specialized training and an opportunity for professional internships.

Promotion and Development of Social Services for Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: Promotion and Development of Social Services for Persons with Disabilities

DonorCity of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

DurationOctober 2013 – December 2013

This project offers integrated services and support in order to contribute to capacity building of persons with disabilities, the creation of new sustainable models needed for social entrepreneurship, greater level of self-sustainability, and to a better and improved social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. Alongside, the project tends to enhance the knowledge on social entrepreneurship and the development of business plans within marginalized groups.

Public Campaign for the Development of Corporate Social Responsibility 2

Program Title: Public Campaign for the Development of Corporate Social Responsibility 2

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: December 2011 – March 2012.

The project is based on an approach that directly involves various sectors and contributes to the implementation of CSR Strategy in Serbia. The project works within the framework of a public campaign that entails different activities that assist with the planning and implementation of practical CSR policies. In addition, through the implementation of an Action Plan Strategy the project contributes to the general analysis of corporate social responsibility in Serbia.

Employment of Persons with Disabilities as a Social Corporate Responsibility

Program Title: Employment of Persons with Disabilities as a Social Corporate Responsibility

Creator and administrator: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: Unlimited

The goal of the program is to improve the knowledge about the hiring and assessment processes of persons with disabilities, as well as employers’ capacity building in regards to these procedures. Trainings provided aim to address immediate and crucial problems and obstacles regarding the successful employment process of marginalized groups within all sectors in open labor market. This specific education is based on providing a general picture about the capabilities that persons with disabilities have, better communication between parties, and enhancing the implementation of good practices. The program is designed for all HR managers and other employees of various sectors within socially responsible businesses.

Inclusive Academy

Program Title: Inclusive Academy

Lead Applicants: Youth with Disabilities Forum, Societe Generale Bank

Duration: November 2011 – June 2012

               November 2012 – June 2013

               November 2013 – June 2014

               November 2014 – June 2015

The project represents an innovative model of cooperation between corporate and civil sectors, as a form of practical application of the principles of social responsibility. Activities planned are aimed to improve the knowledge and skills of persons with disabilities through various educational programs and workshops, alongside strengthen their competence and competitiveness in the labor market.

Strengthening disability people’s organizations through social entrepreneurship

Program Title: Strengthening disability people’s organizations through social entrepreneurship

Donor: Ministry of labour, employment and social policy

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: April 2014 – January 2015

The intent of this project is to develop support and provide adequate training and mentoring in developing business plans for organizations of persons with disabilities in the establishment of social enterprises/social entrepreneurial activities, which will directly contribute to sustainable business development.

Support greater independence for people with disabilities through social entrepreneurship

Program Title: Support greater independence for people with disabilities through social entrepreneurship

Donor: Ministry of labour, employment and social policy

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Association CBA

Duration: May 2013 – February 2014

Increasing social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities, through the implementation of support services for social entrepreneurship implementation and creating network of social enterprises with the private sector and relevant institutions.

For a Greater Self-sustainability of Persons with Disabilities through Social Entrepreneurship

Program Title: For a Greater Self-sustainability of Persons with Disabilities through Social Entrepreneurship

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

PartnerCapacity Building Association

Duration: May 2013 – February 2012

The project was designed in order to contribute to a greater level of self-sustainability, and to a better and improved social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities through the implementation of various support services made for the practical application of social entrepreneurship, as well as to a more effective engagement of local governments and business sectors.

Social Entrepreneurship Platform

Program Title: Social Entrepreneurship Platform

Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: June 2012 – February 2013.

The goal of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the new national employment policy through the creation of a Social Entrepreneurship Platform (SEP). SEP represents a key mechanism for the advancement of self-employment instruments of persons with disabilities, alongside a more effective engagement of local governments and business sectors. The platform represents a sustainable model that enables further development of social entrepreneurship and successfully identifies central issues critically important for a for long-term employment prospects for all marginalized groups.

Persons with Disabilities and Social Entrepreneurship

Program Title: Persons with Disabilities and Social Entrepreneurship

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: June 2011 – March 2012.

The project was designed in order to contribute to a better and improved social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities through the implementation of various training programs made for the practical application of social entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship of Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: Social Entrepreneurship of Persons with Disabilities

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: January 2007 – September 2007.

Examination and reporting of the current normative and factual situation on social entrepreneurship were some of the main tasks of the project. Alongside, the project dealt with the existing potentials for social entrepreneurship of marginalized groups, and assessed the possibilities for social entrepreneurship within numerous organizations of persons with disabilities and private enterprises in five districts throughout Serbia. The overall goal of social entrepreneurship project was to enable the members of these organizations to take part in specific research activities, and help them apply their knowledge in practical and solid research.