Samir Jaha is the founder of the NGO Young Roma. He wrote and developed the project of opening offices for Roma "Roma Centre" in cooperation with the Municipality of Herceg Novi, which has been active since 2006. During 2006/07 he was hired by the Open Society Institute from Budapest as a researcher for the monitoring of the implementation of the Action Plan for the Decade of Roma in Montenegro. He managed and coordinated the program "Step by step to citizenship," which was funded by the UNDP, which contributed to more than 200 members of the Roma community in Boka Kotorska having regulated legal status. From 2009 to 2011, he coordinated the project for the development of Local Action Plans for Roma integration, which were later approved and adopted by the local parliament in the municipalities of Herceg Novi, Kotor and Tivat. In 2012, he worked as a project associate for the project PGF Montenegro, which was implemented by the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights with aimed at strengthening the capacity of Roma NGOs. From March 2013 to March 2014 he was engaged at the position Coordinator for Montenegro to the OSCE / ODIHR as part of the project Best Practices for Roma Integration in the Western Balkans. From May to July 2014, Samir was an intern at the Delegation of the European Commission to Montenegro. Since October 2014 to September 2015, he was project assistant at German NGO Help Support to the integration and voluntary return of I/DPs and residents of Konik Camp – Phase II. He participated in numerous trainings, seminars and workshops in the areas of discrimination, media, human rights and so on. He is a member of the National Romani Council, Municipal Council for Cooperation with NGOs in Herceg Novi, and the Multidisciplinary Team for Protection Against Domestic violence at the Centre for Social Work in Herceg Novi.

Esmin Imeri

Esmin Imeri graduated at Faculty of Political Science, department of International Relations. During studies, he was involved in various projects and part time jobs, such as: project ,,Structural analysis of printed media in Montenegro“; 2012 parliamentary elections Exit Poll; MONSTAT poll taker. He was also participant of many confernces, seminars and trainings in Montenegro and in region. He did his internship through Government program of employment of university graduates at City District of Tuzi, Podgorica. Regarding work experience, he worked for one season at Nobu restaurant. Through the project ,,Knowledge and skills for job“ implemented by an NGO Centre for Civic Education, he took part in lectures for certain topics and after lectures he was appointed to an NGO Young Roma where he will be engaged in a three month internship.

Nerma Softić

Nerma Softic completed her bachelor studies at the Faculty of Economics - Department of Management, Podgorica. She is currently attends specialist studies at the same faculty - Department of Human Resource Management. In addition to schooling, her interests include accounting, study visits and foreign language learning.  In the NGO "Young Roma", she has been engaged since January 2018 through the internship program for university graduates.

Tina Sekulović

Tina Sekulović completed specialist studies at Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro in Podgorica, on the subject of „The impact of civil society on creating political public opinion in Montenegro ".

She did internship in Coalition of NGO- By cooperation to the goal, and she was also engaged in Association of youth with disabilities of Montenegro. Considering that she begun her work experience in civil sector, she also attended numerous seminars, conferences, trainings. Some of them are School of Public Policy in organization of nongovernmental organization Institut alternativa, as well as seminar within the Youth Exchange Erasmus + Let's talk about disability project.

She is hired in NGO Young Roma as coordinator of project „United we reach more- Voice to students, support to workers! “, funded by European Union.

Katarina Jočić

Katarina Jočić graduated at the Faculty of political science, department for Social policy and social work. She is currently on master studies in the same field.

She gained work experience in the Ministry of Justice – The Institution for execution of criminal sanctions, in Department for testing personality, where she was doing risk assessments and determination of treatment program for prisoners who are serving long jail sentence.

She was engaged in NGO “Center for children rights” where she has worked with youth who recently left orphanage, and also has experience in working with children with disabilities.

She is engaged in NGO Young Roma as coordinator of the project “Increased education opportunities for Roma students and Roma youth in Western Balkans and Turkey”.

Dijana Uljarević Božanović

Dijana Uljarević Božanović has broad professional working experience (12 years now) in NGO sector, public sector (Parliament of Montenegro) and diplomatic representation (British Embassy Podgorica) that have equipped her with significant skills and knowledge for different professional challenges and tasks.
She is involved in youth work and non-formal education since 2003 when she started her education through University course for Community Youth Work where she got basic knowledge on Personal Development, Life Period of Adolescence, Working with Individuals, Working with Groups, Working with Conflicts and Diversities and Management in Youth Work, as well as on Research in Local Community, Creating and running Training Program, Working with Conflict and Diversity, Practical Application in Actual Environment/ Co - working and Use of Training Materials
From 2005 until 2014 she was employed in national NGO Forum MNE ( where she had the chance to develop, manage, run, monitor and evaluate different activities, researches, initiatives, national and international projects as well as trainings targeting professionals working with vulnerable young people. Dijana also cooperated with other CSOs, institutions and corporations, aiming at providing better life conditions for young people. She had the chance to run numerous long term and short term projects, coordinate networks of NGOs, work on creation of Local action plans and practical policies, run trainings and support youth initiatives. She coordinates development of youth policy documents as responses to exclusion, discrimination and xenophobia, in particular in disadvantaged areas and for vulnerable groups. The fields she covers when providing capacity building trainings are: working with vulnerable groups of young people, establishing sustainable youth structures, project management, communication skills, peace building, team building, working with professionals who work with marginalized youth, developing key competences and practicing lifelong learning concept. Dijana has the experience in working with both young people (especially with Roma community, children without parental care and rural youth) and adults (teachers, representatives of municipalities and CSOs). Programs she was involved in contributed to peace building, conflict transformation, social integration and intercultural dialogue with neighbouring regions, with a special emphasis on Balkan region. She is engaged in NGO Young Roma work since March 2017.

Natalija Milović

Natalija Milović graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Podgorica. During her studies, she was awarded scholarship for students and graduates of exceptional academic achievement and outstanding political or social commitment by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2015/15), scholarship of the Ministry for Education and National Excellence Scholarship (2016-18). She gained work experience in OSCE Mission to Montenegro (Democratisation section) and at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro. In October 2018, she obtained Master degree at Opole University in Poland, on the topic of Europeanisation of the Western Balkans. She is hired in NGO Young Roma as coordinator of the regional project ''Joint Initiative to Empower Roma Civil Society in the Western Balkans and Turkey'', funded by the European Union, and she has been appointed as organisation's Programme Director since February 2019.

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