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Promoting Youth Empowerment and Civic Participation Across the Balkans

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

During this brown bag, Hub Fellow (through Atlas Corps) Edison will first highlight successful projects, accomplishments and lessons from his 10+ years working in the nonprofit and public sectors in Albania and across the Balkans. Then, he will share some key skills he has developed, examples of previous work, and his priorities for the coming year throughout his fellowship. After his fellowship, he is excited to advocate open government across his home region and learn from each of you throughout the year!

Edison has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, where he has organized and co-organized many activities on the local, national, and international levels. Many of his projects have focused on youth development, civic participation, public health, and education at both the local level in Albania, but also in coordination with the European Commission and UNICEF.

Edison would like to learn, help, and coordinate more on any different projects that Open Gov Hub and their network are implementing or will implement during his fellowship here in DC, so when he is back in Albania, he can use this knowledge to help his peers to make new commitments to peace-building, mediation, transparency, open government, accountability, civic engagement, conflict prevention and resolution, education for non-violence, tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect, and intercultural and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation, that will help the Albanian community, but especially young people, to see their neighbors in a peaceful and a loving way.