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Slovenian “ADD” Project: Increased involvement and improved social skills amongst youths


The cultural and educational organisation PiNA launched the project “ADD: Increasing the level of active citizenship and strengthening the social skills of young people in coastal cities”. Its aim is to boost active, equal involvement and participation of young people in local environment, as well as to improve their social skills through education and provide information to young people and key players in the youth field in the region. Koper, 27 August 2014.

“An analysis of youth policies in Slovenian cities in 2012 revealed that none of the coastal cities’ councils have either a youth committee or a commission for youth issues. Also, the cities do not have the “Youth-friendly City” certificate. Key youth associations in the region are not sufficiently connected and our work programmes do not systematically include the concept of active citizenship”, said Kaja Cunk, “ADD” Project Leader.

Given the low levels of active participation and of involvement in local policies among youngsters, there is a need to create opportunities for the comprehensive, active and equal involvement of youths in local life, and to connect key players in this field to structures that enable young people to play an effective role in debates and decisions that concern them. The project – run under the slogan ADD something meaningful– therefore aims to empower young people and improve the quality of programmes in the field of active citizenship among the region’s youths.

To achieve the set objectives, PiNA hired a young woman, Kaja Cunk, an experienced manager of international projects and coach in the field of active citizenship. Kaja will be the contact person for the field of active citizenship and youth in the coastal city areas. She will be available to youths, association representatives and local authorities at the contact point (Kidričeva 43, Koper), which is open 16 hours a week for consulting, information and networking, and focuses on sustainable cooperation.

Other project activities:

  • Analysis of the situation in the youth field in coastal cities
  • Training for regional educators
  • Workshops for secondary school students and students
  • Issuing a newsletter about active citizenship among youths in coastal city areas every four months.

Through a variety of project activities, young people will therefore be able to work together in the local community and defend their views on youth issues in the region, thus strengthening their civic and social competences.


The project was chosen following a public call for tenders for the selection of activities in the field of social and civic skills amongst youths (under 3.1. “Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training systems" within priority 3.”Development of human resources and lifelong learning”,”).

Further information: Katerina Kljun, public relations: and +386 51 645 111