In the framework of the Regional Project “At-Risk Youth Social Empowerment” which is funded by the European Union, a three-day training was held in Budva (from 10 to 13 November 2016), with the topic of the development of public policy documents. The moderator at the training was Zlatko Vujovic, Certified LGI Policy Communication trainer. The training was attended by regional project partners, including: ARSIS (Albania), Association Margina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), HOPS (Macedonia), Juventas (Montenegro), NGO Labyrinth (Kosovo) and Prevent (Serbia).

This project is coordinated by NGO Juventas, and its implementation was supported by establishment of the regional ARYSE Network which consists of the aforementioned organizations. Target groups of the project are children and youth who are classified in six categories: children and youth without parental care, children and young Roma, children and youth in conflict with law, children and youth living in the streets, children and youth who use drugs and children and youth living in families with history of drug abuse and conflict with law.

This is the first of the total four regional trainings that are planned under this project. On the first day of the training, the participants were introduced to the concept and principles of writing effective policy papers. The second and third day were more focused on practical work, i.e. developing a draft policy brief on the example of their own country. As a result, a draft document was created including an overview of problems that each target group faces in the territory of countries which are presented in the Network. In addition, specific instructions for completion of the study were developed.