NORTH MACEDONIA

MindLeaps launched its first program, “Peaceful Rhythms”, in North Macedonia in March 2020. In partnership with the US Embassy and Youth Community Center Cair (YCCC), MindLeaps established a program in Skopje, the capital. Its overall goal is to develop a sense of community, unity, and resilient behavior in adolescents. The program serves 450 youth between the ages of 14 – 18 years in three program tracks: dance to develop life skills, communications, and business entrepreneurship. 

“MindLeaps Youth Alumni Network”, started in October 2020, is the second MindLeaps project, also sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje. It seeks to build a permanent, motivated group of youth leaders from different backgrounds that indirectly decrease the likelihood of youth extremism and discrimination through the coordination and execution of ongoing programs and events. The project reaches 50 youth and empowers up to 6 youth leaders from the Alumni Network to take on its leadership.

In early March 2020, for the first time Train The Trainer was launched in North Macedonia, providing MindLeaps dance curricula and Tracker training to local dance instructors. The success of the Train The Trainer, led to another session in June 2021, this time with the presence of International trainers. Several of these trainees have become permanent MindLeaps instructors for the ongoing program in North Macedonia.

The Virtual Academy launched in April 2020. Since then, groups of 60-70 Macedonian and Albanian students have taken courses on Business Entrepreneurship, Communications, and Social Media Marketing.

“When it was time to start, I felt scared and shy. But, the way the teachers act makes you feel really comfortable and I wanted to try new things. By the end of the class, I couldn’t wait to come back again. I hope I will make new friends too while dancing here.”

-Sara, MindLeaps Student

 

Many thanks to our partners YCCC and the US Embassy in Skopje for making this program possible.