Youth Memories

Monuments alone cannot deliver any message from the past, but the ubiquitous memorials from the time of Yugoslavia have the potential to illuminate the events of the past independent of the conflicting memories of nationalistic narratives. The project Youth Memories aims to initiate a process of exchanging personal memories and opinions on recent history among youth from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.


Participants of the project will research, photograph, map or write about various memorials, eventually working together to build a new monument with a message of peace, tolerance and unity. This web platform was established in order to provide the youth the capability to share stories and media, map monuments, and interact with each other. The discussion facilitated by the project is intended to offer education about recent history through varying perspectives and to combat the distrust and discrimination that arise from the misunderstanding of those perspectives. Through the project’s open-minded discussions, monuments will provide a clear-eyed picture of the culture that created them.


Monuments alone cannot deliver any message from the past, but the ubiquitous memorials from the time of Yugoslavia have the potential to illuminate the events of the past independent of the conflicting memories of nationalistic narratives. The project Youth Memories aims to initiate a process of exchanging personal memories and opinions on recent history among youth from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo.


The project will deal with the youth’s perception of monuments and localities all across Balkans in order to establish an intergenerational connection between collective memories of various social groups.


Taking photos about monuments and historical localities and sharing them on a web platform, developed as a part of the project, enable a broader audience to learn about these monuments, comment on them and eventually contribute in creating a new image of the past.


Venera Čočaj


I am currently the Human Rights Program Coordinator of YIHR-KS. I am actively involved in memory platforms as; Memory Lab (a Trans-European Exchange Platform on History and Remembrance), Memory Mapping Kosovo and Youth Memories. I attended the Regional School of Transitional Justice in Belgrade, the Young Feminist Summer school-Agora in Brussels, and finished the Summer School Comparative Studies on Gender and Sexuality at the University of Prishtina. I am currently enrolled at University of Prishtina where I am finishing my last year of sociology studies. I also finshed my intership at the University Program for Gender Studies and Research. I am a co-author of the awarded short film Equinox. Today, I am living Prishtina, Kosovo, while I spent a considerable part of my life in Poreč, Croatia.

Sven Milekić


I am the Expert Advisor of the team engaged on the project. I joined Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in 2014 and I am working on the news and analysis sections of BIRN’s online publication Balkan Insight and its specialized subsection Balkan Transitional Justice. Previously I worked as a Transitional Justice Program Coordinator at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Zagreb Croatia. Further, I am actively involved in the work of the Initiative for RECOM, aimed at establishing a Regional Commission for establishing facts on armed conflicts on the territory of former Yugoslavia in the period between 1991 and 2001. Before joining YIHR I have accomplished a 9-month internship at Amnesty International in Zagreb, working mostly on topics of the European Court for Human Rights and rights of the Roma minority in Croatia and in Europe. I have graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb.

Milica Vukčević


My name is Milica Vukčević and I was born on March 2, 1993 on Cetinje, Montenegro. I have graduated my primary and secondary education in Podgorica. Today I am a student at the Faculty of Political Science. Further, I am a member of the Social-democratic Party of Montenegro from 2011. I am participating regularly in programs of informal education both through my political party and through the students’ association. I am actively participating as a volunteer in every event organized by the foundation Our Podgorica from its establishment. As someone who has been often in touch with people who had strong prejudices towards the events from the 1990s, I wanted to find out a lot more about those events as well as to give my full contribution in combating those prejudices, especially among young generations.

Jasna Mishevska


I was born in Skopje on January 30, 1989, and I also live in Skopje but I grew up in Sveti Nikole, a small town in Central Macedonia. I graduated Translation and interpreting – English and French department of the Faculty of Philology Blaze Koneski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. I’m currently working as administrator in a company IGN Magro Agrochemical in Skopje. I’ve also worked at the Skopje-based Organization of Employers of Macedonia (2012 – 2014), and then as an English professor in the elementary school Goce Delcev in Sveti Nikole. In addition, during my professional engagement I have participated in numerous trainings, workshops, seminars, and conferences such as the Development of the Macedonian Action plan for Youth Employment in Turin (2012 – 2015) with the Ministry of Labor and other institutions. I am also a member of the Coordination Body of Social Responsibility in the Operational programme for Human Resources Development. By participating in the project Youth Memories I want to inform the young generations about the historical background and the neglected issues originating from the recent armed conflicts in my country.

Dimche Mickoski


I am a one of the team members of the project Youth Memories. I live in Gostivar, Macedonia, where I was born on April 9, 1991. I have graduated in legal studies at the South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia. I work as a project coordinator at the European Link Center, a local NGO, since 2010. In regard to my professional and activist engagement, I participated in more than 30 seminars, trainings, and workshops – both in Macedonia and abroad. Further, I am an active member of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia. Finally, I joined this project due to my interest and work experience in the field of post-conflict reconciliation and dealing with the past from the perspective of the younger generations.

Josip Ivanović


Having years of work experience as a researcher and journalist in the field of transitional justice I joined YIHR as an intern at the Transitional Justice internship program in May 2012. As the organization progressed, I was promoted to the position of Program Coordinator at YIHR’s Mobility and Cooperation Program, thus getting engaged with planning, developing, fundraising and implementing several youth projects, aiming at enhanced cross-border exchange, transfer of knowledge and experiences between young activist and policy-makers, as well as encouraging other forms of regional cooperation. I also worked as a reporter at a regional news agency's, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network's project Balkan Transitional Justice, between February 2013 and September 2014. I graduated at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, in 2012. Ever since, I started and graduated my PhD studies in the field of contemporary philosophical theories of social justice, with the dissertation entitled: The Idea of Justice within the Political Morality of Liberal Egalitarianism.

Dajana Berisavljević


I was born on June 23, 1992 in Sremska Mitrovica. After graduating grammar school, I enrolled in the Faculty of Media and Communications, Department of Literature and Communications in Belgrade. After finishing my second year of studies, as a scholar of the State Department, I moved to Minnesota and graduated my studies at Minnesota State University's Department of Communication Studies and Department of English Literature. As a member of the Honors program, I wrote for the student newspaper The Honors Beacon and participated in many volunteer activities at the university. Dajana started her work in the field of human rights in 2012, as an intern at the Foundation for New Communications Dokukino where she worked on projects Tamo daleko, Crno na belo, Izbori iza kulisa, etc. She joined the Youth Initiative for Human Rights for the first time in 2013, as an assistant PR manager of the Days of Sarajevo festival. Later, as an activist and volunteer, she joined other programs and events, and since October 2014 she has been assisting on projects, mostly in the field of new media. She is proud to be a part of the Youth Memories project team, because she believes that dealing with the past and educating youth on this topic is of great significance for a better mutual understanding between young people in the Western Balkan region.

Nevena Balažević


I was born on February 21, 1992 in Subotica, Serbia. After finishing my high school in Subotica, I moved to Zagreb to pursue my higher education on the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. While in high school, I was the head of the NGO that promotes youth activities of Croatian minority in Vojvodina. Through my activism, I participated in various seminars and workshops related to ethnic minorities issues. Currently I work for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung as a mentor on a project related to encouraging youth on active participation in their local communities. In addition to mentoring, I volunteer as a researcher in the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Zagreb. I was drawn to the project Youth Memories because I was eager to hear experiences from other people who witnessed the events during the nineties in the Balkans. In addition to hearing experiences, I felt curiosity towards learning more about complexity and perception of wars that occurred in 20th century in the Balkans.

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