The conference held on 27th December 2011 organized by NGO Juventas represents the completion of the 11-month IPA project of cross-border cooperation between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina “Active inclusion of young people in the process of achieving social cohesion in the cross-border region: Youth in Joint Action”, funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, and co-financed by the Commission for allocation of part of the revenue from games of chance 2011. The project is implemented by the NGO Juventas in cooperation with NGO Association XY from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main objective of the project is to establish and empower students’ parliaments from ten Montenegrin and Bosnian secondary schools. The conference was addressed by Jelena Miljanić, the representative of the Youth Office under the Youth and Sports Directorate who spoke about youth activism and the results of her projects, Marija Ružić, Coordinator for Youth Programme in Juventas, Maja Marković, assistant on the project, as well as students of four Montenegrin secondary schools who presented the results of their projects (Mixed Secondary School “17. Septembar”mfrom Žabljak; Grammar School “Miloje Dobrašinović” from Bijelo Polje; Mixed Secondary School “Vuksan Đukić” from Mojkovac; Grammar School “Stojan Cerović” from Nikšić; Mixed Secondary School “Braća Selić” from Kolašin).

The project involved at least 2,000 high school students from Montenegrin cities. The joint activities of Bosnian and Montenegrin students represent the most important component of this project, as they have enabled the networking of our two countries' youth, through which they have developed common ideas and projects and contributed to better results of their schools. Young people have adopted important skills in designing change, project writing, project management. They learned how they can contribute to improving conditions in their own school and community. They showed by their example how creative use of time can be used for the benefit of all and how the associates can come up with concrete results which they can enjoy together with peers and school management.

A training during the project was successfully completed by 6 students from 10 Montenegrin and Bosnian schools. During 11 months, a large number of activities were implemented, of which the most significant were the following: seminars in Petrovac, Jahorina, research on high school students about student activism, mutual visits to Bosnian and Montenegrin schools, implementation of school projects in all schools, etc. These activities enabled the networking of young people from Montenegro and Bosnia. The project also enabled interaction between young people of different cultural and social backgrounds, which affected the reduction of prejudices and the multicultural learning of all involved. Based on the bright results of the projects we have achieved, we do not doubt that the students will continue their joint activities.