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June 23, 2011
Check out Volume IV, Issue IV of Balkan Youth Voices, right here on our Blog!

A-SMYLE Alumni in Subotica Raise Funds, Encourage Hope Through Photo Exhibit

June 9, 2011
A-SMYLE '07 alumna Tamara Farmakovski prepares photographs for exhibition From the 14th to the 25th of May 2011, the American Corner in Subotica hosted a photography exhibition entitled “From Black and White to Colors.” The exhibition, which included 60 photos by 14 young photographers from Subotica and one from Algeria, ...

RECYCLETON 2011 Kicks Off with 400 Kilos of Waste Collected in Niš

June 7, 2011
Vukašin Janjović, a 2011 coordinator for Recycleton in Raška, and Think Big Team president Katarina Kohen (A-SMYLE '07) load electronic waste for recycling Think Big Team, an NGO formed in early 2010 by A-SMYLE alumni, kicked off their yearly nationwide eco-marathon, RECYCLETON, on May 28, 2011 in the city of Niš. The ...

A-SMYLE and SYLP Alumni Hold Kickball Tournament Fundraiser Following Seminar on How to Creatively Raise Funds

June 6, 2011
SYLP and A-SMYLE alumni engage in leadership workshop From May 28 to 29, 2011, A-SMYLE and SYLP alumni gathered in Belgrade for a seminar on fundraising, leadership, and teamwork. Over the course of the two-day event, 30 alumni, guided by trainer Snežana Bačlija Knoch, discussed new ideas for creative fundraising activities and community projects and built skills in the areas of communication, ...

YES Alumni in Macedonia Share American Sports with Children with Special Needs

June 3, 2011
YES '10 alumni Fisnik Jakupi (left) and Simona Ristovska (right) prepare boxes of sports equipment for donation to the Daily Center for Children with Disabilities On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, YES ’10 alumni Simona Ristovska and Fisnik Jakupi and American Corner Tetovo volunteers brought American sports to the Daily Center ...

Improving Communities One Year After U.S. Experience

May 10, 2011
Participants in the Serbia Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by American Councils spent May 2010 in the U.S. on intensive community work and leadership trainings.  One year later, SYLP alumni are applying what they learned from ...

YES Alumni Bring Global Youth Service Day to Southeast Europe

May 5, 2011
"Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning." -gysd.org This year, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumni from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia joined ...

YES Alumnae Bring English to Orphans in Tirana

April 18, 2011
YES alumnae Redona Collaku (standing) and Emiljana Hoti (seated, center) assist their advanced English students with an assignment during a Monday afternoon lesson. December 2010 to March 2011 was a dynamic period for the children in the orphanage Zyber Hallulli in Tirana, Albania, thanks to YES alumnae Anisa Hoxha, Ina ...

Alumni of U.S. State Department-Funded High School Exchange Programs from Across Southeast Europe Learn to “Get the Word Out” in Macedonia

April 12, 2011
Alumni of the U.S. State Department-funded American - Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE); the Serbian Youth Leadership Program (SYLP); and the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia have been using their experiences as exchange students in the U.S. to ...

The Kids Are Our Future: Improving the Conditions of Our Local Kindergarten

April 12, 2011
From left to right among the children: Milena Kaleskovska, Kristina Andonovska, Arton Murati, Toni Nikolovski, Maja Dimitrievska, Beti Grozdanovska, Hristina Trifunovska, Marija Bockarovska “We can fill our hearts with love and happiness only by loving and making someone else happy,” wrote Hristina Trifunovska and Arton Murati, both 2010 alumni of ...