Since 28.02.2016 Center for Education and Development (CED) officially on the extraordinary meeting, became an official member of the National Youth Council of the Republic of Macedonia, which is the nation-wide umbrella organization representing organized youth in Macedonia together with other 67 NGO’s. The initiative started since August 2012 within “ Republic of Youth " network, which has 59 participating organizations, and with time has grown into an initiative for the creation of the National Youth Council of the Republic of Macedonia. Its mission is Independent, autonomous and inclusive youth sector representing young people in Macedonia. The mission of the NYCM is to represent the interests and needs of young people as a link to all relevant stakeholders, as well as to ensure the inclusion and active involvement of young people in the decision making processes on all levels.
What is NYCM ?
NYCM is the nation-wide umbrella organization representing organized youth in Macedonia. NYCM gathers 60 organizations: 23 youth organizations, 18 organizations for youth, 2 national youth union organizations, 10 youth wings of political parties and 7 associate member organizations united to promote and advocate for youth rights in Macedonia.
The membership of the NYCM brings together diverse organizations coming from national and regional level, rural and urban areas, student organizations, branches of international organizations, youth wings of political parties and other types of associations. In the process of accomplishing its goals, NYCM represents the interests of the young people in the Republic of Macedonia regardless of their socio-economic position, sex, race, ethnic and cultural background, political and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other form of distinction.
Since August 2012, the Center for Education and Development (CED) is included in the "Republic of Youth" network, which has 59 participating organizations, and with time has grown into an initiative for the creation of the National Youth Council of the Republic of Macedonia.
This is supported by networks such as the Association of Supervisors, Red Cross of Macedonia and the European Youth Forum. All organizations are committed to promoting youth organization and to distributing the youth voice by creating a platform for youth interests. The platform intends to foster youth participation and influence in decision-making at all levels in the country.
The first step was to launch the initiative in all cities around the country and an open invitation was given to all non-governmental organizations whose target groups were young. The second step, from October 25 to 28, was to hold an event, "Days of Youth Networking," at Dojran in which representatives of 39 youth organizations in this country participated.
This event aimed to provide discussion and conclusions for defining models of national youth organizations in the Republic of Macedonia.
Meanwhile the process of forming the National Youth Council received financial support through the USAID Civil Society and last 6 months.