Why to have the Board meeting only in one place if in few hours we can visit three countries? Last Board Meeting happened in Vukovar, Croatia on 28th 29th of March 2015 but not only…
This time the Board landed in Belgrade (Serbia), worked in Vukovar (Croatia) and visited PRONI, Y-E-N Member Organization in Brcko (Bosnia Herzegovina). The idea to hold the meeting in this area was also to meet the Croatian organisation “Youth Peace Group Danube” who are interested in getting to know Y-E-N better and maybe apply for a membership. The experience was surely interesting: Even if we had a very busy agenda, we had the opportunity to visit the neighboring countries, to learn about their culture and history, to meet youth leaders from the region and, most of all, we had the chance to see the social work on spot in the field – Brcko, which will also be our hosting place for the next activity, the seminar “Mind the Gap”. Definitely, the idea of having a mobile board meeting was very useful! As usual, the Agenda was very busy, but we managed to work hard and finish all the work! We even had a working group session inside the mini van while going from Brcko to Vukovar!
Are you curious to know what was discussed in meeting? Follow this snapshot of the working days…
We started the meeting reviewing activity report, so many events in only year!
Last year we had :
– 10 international activities;
– 300 young people involved;
– 3 new member organizations (Azerbaijan, Russian Federation and Georgia);
– New project at local level: introducing non-formal education in universities;
– 30 volunteers involved in Y-E-N activities;
– 73 organisations
– 150 participants in our local cross-border activities (France-Germany-Switzerland);
– finally yet important: the launch of the “Inclusion Express” campaign.
After the morning session we left PRONI, our member organization who hosted the meeting in BRCKO, to have an inspiring meeting with local authorities. The meeting was a success! (learn more about it here)
In the afternoon, we got back to work in order to plan future activities and find ways to improve internal procedures (political and administrative decisions were taken during the rest of the day).
On the second working day we were hosted by the youth organization “Youth Peace Group Danube”, established in Vukovar, Croatia. They kindly offered to us their centre and offices to work.
It was great to share values and methods on social work (we hope for the future, a synergetic cooperation!)
We had a great Teamwork: discussion, creativity and decision-making! It was inspiring!
We finalized the meeting with an evaluation, to do list and a great dinner!
Who knows where will be the next Board Meeting? What we know for sure is that it will happen where it makes a fruitful connection with our member organization!
Hope to see you all in Milcoveni for the General Assembly of Youth Express Network!