In the annual program of the “Young Leaders Academy”, particularly committed young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina have the opportunity to deepen their professional and social skills. With their diploma, they acquire leadership skills that they later use in key positions for a democratic society.

  • Ort, Land:
    countrywide, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Partnerorganisation:
    Schüler Helfen Leben - Office in Sarajevo


Long-term extracurricular and extramural educational opportunities hardly exist in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Southeast Europe. Some NGOs are active here, but usually offer only short-term formats. For young people who already have a long experience with voluntary work and are motivated to change their society positively through civil initiatives, there are hardly any offers.


The “SHL Academy for Young Leaders in Civil Society” is a unique form of strengthening civil society engagement of young adults in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The structure and curriculum were based on intensive research and interviews with almost 100 actors*; this work has developed into a network of 15 people who closely accompany the work of the Academy.

What is special

Every year, 20 multipliers* of civil society activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are trained. The participants come from all over the country and are between 18 and 25 years old. In addition to theoretical knowledge and practical exercises at various seminars, the joint program also includes the implementation of an own project and a two-month internship. The approximately ten weekend seminars take place in the SHL house in Sarajevo.

Further information you can find on the website of the project.