Croatian cities commended for youth policies

Nine cities in Croatia have been awarded the City for Youth certificate, recognising the outstanding youth-focused policies put in place.

The Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia awards the title to cities that have done exceptional work and shown how dedicated they are to improving the life of their young people.

Assessments are carried out by a group made up of members from various national youth organisations, which as well as the association also includes the Central State Office of Demography and Youth, the Croatian Youth Network, and The Alliance of Societies ‘Our Children’.

‘Improving the lives of the youth’

They assess the various cities’ policies and judge them across eight key themes: participation, demographic incentives and measures, recruitment, mobility, health and sports, youth work and culture, education, and informing.

Of 32 cities that applied, nine met the criteria to receive the title of City for Youth 2021-2024. They are: Koprivnica, Labin, Novska, Opatija, Rijeka, Šibenik, Varaždin and Zabok.

Organisers say the certificate is awarded for three years, after which all nine cities will be reassessed. If their policies still meet or exceed the quality standards set by the commission, the titles will be extended. Cities that were unsuccessful will get feedback to help them better shape their youth-based policies.

Author: Simon Weedy

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