Youth Council Prilep (YCP) was founded in 1999 as a youth nongovernmental organization in Prilep, Macedonia focused on the Pelagonia region of Macedonia. YCP seeks to build the capacity of young people in a participative and sustainable manner.

Youth Council Prilep has consistently shown excellence in the youth field through its work in a wide variety of youth work. Youth Council Prilep, together with Youth Council Ohrid and HOPS, founded the Coalition of Youth organizations SEGA, the leading national umbrella group of youth organizations in Macedonia.

In 2016, Youth Council Prilep was awarded with the CIty of Prilep award "3th of November" for contribution and achievements in the field of Youth.

Youth Council Prilep is unique in the area because no other nongovernmental organization can mobilize as many young people. YCP not only provides services and opportunities for young people and volunteers, but actively seeks to involve them in the decision making processes of the organization. YCP seeks to positively impact to young people. The organization creates youth leaders by giving youngsters opportunities to build their capacities and make youth more competitive in society.

In short, Youth Council Prilep works for youth with youth.


Youth Council Prilep is a sustainable leading organization on the local and regional level, a reliable partner in the creation and the implementation of youth policy along with all key stakeholders. Our work as a visible and recognized organization is based on democratic values enabling youth to be creative and active citizens.


Youth Council Prilep supports young people to participate in democratic processes, empowering them to grow into active citizens.


Youth Council Prilep will support young people in the region by implementing more projects to help young people. We will provide youngsters with opportunities to improve their capacities and creativity through workshops, trainings, seminars and social events. The impact of our work will improve the effectiveness of youth participation in the educational institutions and will develop new participatory mechanisms. Youth Council Prilep will increase the mobility of young people and will bring Europe closer to the youth through increased opportunities for youth mobility including international events such as youth exchanges, international trainings and seminars. Youth Council Prilep will seek to accomplish these aims in a sustainable manner.


Youth Council Prilep has developed a Strategy Plan for the period of 2010 – 2012. Youth Council Prilep held a series of focus groups and planning meetings that resulted in the creation of these Goals and Objectives. The Goals and Objectives that follow identify the direction of the organization from 2010 – 2012.

Strategic Goal 1

Support young people in the region

Youth Council Prilep seeks to help young people develop to their full potential. Currently young people in the region face lack of opportunities to develop themselves professionally socially and culturally. Youth Council Prilep will offer professionally activities trainings workshops and other opportunities for young people in the region to improve themselves professionally. Youth Council Prilep will provide youth friendly space as well as organize social events for youngsters to meet other youngsters. In addition Youth Council Prilep will seek to promote the cultural values in the community and allow young people to express themselves. Youth Council Prilep will tend to protect cultural values among youngsters through various activities with accordance of UNESCO priorities

Strategic Objectives:

  • Increase the personal capacities of youth through education
  • Provide technical support to youth
  • Empowering and encouraging young people through creative activities
  • Protecting and promoting cultural values

Strategic Goal 2

Increase youth participation in the communities

Youth Council Prilep will work to increase the effectiveness of existing forms of youth participation by improving the youth participatory bodies in the high schools, and the student unions in the faculties. At the same time Youth Council Prilep will promote and develop the new mechanisms for youth participation including Local Youth Councils and Youth Parliaments. Youth Council Prilep seeks to involve young people in all phases of community service and community development activities from planning to implementation to evaluation.

Strategic Objectives

  • Increase the effectiveness of existing forms of youth participation
  • Developing new mechanisms for young people to participate in local decision making processes and policies
  • Encourage youth participation in community development

Strategic Goal 3

Bring Europe closer to the youth

Youth Council Prilep as an organization with international experience in organizing youth exchanges, international trainings and seminars and offering EVS opportunities will endeavor to inform young people of the possibilities for youth mobility. These possibilities not only include opportunities for young people from Macedonia to travel abroad, but also give the chance for Young Europeans to experience Macedonian culture as Volunteers through the European Voluntary Service. At the same time the European volunteers will promote European values to young people in Macedonia.

Strategic Objectives

  • Present European opportunities for young people
  • Promote European citizenship
  • Introduce European values to young people


Youth Council Prilep is involving the following target groups in the region of Pelagonia in our activities:

- Young people (15-30 years old)

- Local institutions

- Local Self Government

- Local Community (people, business sector)

- Educational Institutions