Bosnia-Herzegovina

Unity Through Leadership

In the past, MindLeaps has run two projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) that focused on integrating youth of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The first project, Nas Svijet (“Our World”), began in 2009 in Brcko. Every summer, MindLeaps instructors run a series of dance workshops for multi-ethnic youth in coordination with local partner organization Svitac (“Firefly”). The workshops follow the typical MindLeaps model involving dialogue about a pertinent social issue – such as HIV, conflict prevention or human rights – and a public performance as part of the city’s Annual Children’s Day Festival. Top students receive additional training in order to continue the workshops after the MindLeaps instructors depart.

In 2011, MindLeaps began its second program, Bridging Mostar Youth, in the divided city of Mostar. This program was created through a consortia of local organizations brought together by MindLeaps : RINGO, Nesto Vise, and B – Dance. Together, these organizations provide a multi-disciplinary dance program for underserved children living in the East Side and the West Side of the city. Dialogue sessions focus on social inclusion and education about universal human rights. Nesto Vise provides leadership training to top students to continue the program after MindLeaps instructors have completed the first six-weeks of workshops.