Forum Mladi I Neformalna Edukacija

Podgorica, Montenegro

Grants

$80,000 for 2 years

Awarded: March 26, 2015

Program Goal: Building a Culture and Practice of Sustainable Development

For its project, Youth for Green Montenegro.

$80,000 for 2 years

Awarded: July 3, 2012

Program Goal: Building a Culture and Practice of Sustainable Development

For its project, Youth for Green Montenegro.

About the Grantee

  • Members of the Youth Club of Nikšić line up to plant saplings in Montenegro's second largest city in 2014. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
  • Members of the Youth Club of Nikšić line up to plant saplings in Montenegro's second largest city in 2014. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
  • A class participates in a 2014 reforesting action in Pljevlja, a town in the northern part of Montenegro. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
  • Students planting saplings in Pljevlja, a town in the northern part of Montenegro. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
  • Students planting saplings in Pljevlja, a town in the northern part of Montenegro. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
  • The donor board listing local supporters at the site of a 2012 planting in Podgorica, Montenegro's capital city. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)
  • Students participating in a sapling planting in 2012 in Podgorica, Montenegro's capital city. (Image courtesy of Forum mladi i neformalna edukacija.)

Fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainable development requires engagement across many layers of a society. Forum MNE’s program Youth for Green Montenegro mobilizes young people to get involved with environmentalism and kickstarts local philanthropy within the business community. The organization raises awareness about environmental protection and reforestation with a network of 50 volunteers and engages more than 450 students from elementary, vocational, and high schools across the country, as well as sports and youth clubs. Local businesses and individuals are invited to donate funds for the purchase of saplings, which the participants plant together after learning more about local ecology.

One such reforesting action took place in Montenegro’s epicenter of pollution, the municipality of Pljevlja, which is the source much of the country’s industrial waste and home to its coal mining and lumber production. Forum MNE also organized similar events in five other municipalities in Montenegro. In total, participants planted 470 saplings between 2012 and 2015. Across the six municipalities, 113 donors, including businesses and institutions and organizations that promote social responsibility, helped purchase saplings.

In addition to local municipalities and schools, Youth for Green Montenegro partners with the national government’s Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development and the Center for Vocational Education, a shrewd strategy for an NGO in a region with a burgeoning ecotourism sector but also some of Europe’s highest youth unemployment.