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The program "Share Your Knowledge - Become a Mentor 2014/2015" started on Saturday with a preparatory meeting at the premises of the European Movement in Serbia. The aim of the meeting was to present the activities the program, as well as introducing the manner of participation in the program and the concept of mentoring. The meeting was an opportunity for participants to hear the impressions and experiences of the program alumni and to get to know each other.

At the beginning of the meeting participants were welcomed on behalf of the partners who organize the program by Svetlana Stefanović, Program Manager for the European Movement in Serbia, Tijana Hrkalović as the representative of Embassy of the United States of America to Serbia, Zorana Antonijević as the representative of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, and Jelena Vasilev on behalf of the Erste Bank.

Svetlana Stefanović assessed that the program "Share Your Knowledge - Become a Mentor" during the five years period struggled to establish and promote the concept of mentoring in Serbia which remained insufficiently developed and practiced.

Zorana Antonijević pointed out to the participants how significant was the implementation of gender-sensitive vocabulary in everyday speech as means of emphasizing the identity of women and their important role in society.

Svetlana Stefanović explained the concept of the program, activities and communication during the program and introduced a newly developed guide to mentoring. It points to the three levels of relationship: 1. Work with a mentor; 2. Joint events on the program; 3. Co-operation and networking between mentees. The participants were advised to show initiative with their mentors and to work together on the dynamics of cooperation and communication because mentoring relationship is not a one-way street and requires dedication, cooperation and understanding. Participants were better acquainted with each other through the "networking” workshop.

Alumni have shared their experiences and impressions from participation in previous years of the program. Anđela Cvetković explained how program meant a lot to her because it encouraged her to personal growth and development. She shared with the participants her personal story about a close relationship with the mentor with whom she had established professional as well as friendly relationship that had continued to develop after the program. Anđela told that, if she could bring back time, she would work more and that this had been a unique opportunity for learning and training, as well as implementation and sharing their knowledge and experiences with other participants. She also stressed that the relationship with the girls from the program stays for life.

Alumni Marina Tadić said that through the program one was charged with positive and creative energy from other girls and mentors. She advised the participants to network, not only with each other but also with other mentors in the program, and to gain as much as possible form the program itself, but also to strive to share their ideas with others.

Dunja Pešut stressed that she has received a lot of incentive to work more and also to work on herself. The program gave her energy to perform other duties and cope with life's challenges. Dunja advised the mentees to read the Guide carefully, thoroughly and set their goals realistically. She also became friend with a mentor in the program and the friendly relationship held even after the program. Dunja stressed that the mentor is someone who guides you splendidly and helps you to focus your energy on the right things and achieve your goals, but also opens you to new possibilities and directions. She shared that the program has helped her a lot in overcoming stage fright and shyness. She believed that the program helped her in maturing.

Milena Otašević has also shared her experiences and impressions of the program and advised participants not to be afraid to be proactive and take initiative. She pointed that the mentees should be prepared to take responsibility for their future, but that mentors also have to steer mentees to work on it.

The Program envisages round tables and workshops for all participants in the program to be organized every last Saturday in the month from February to July 2015.

The project “Share Your Knowledge - Become a Mentor 2014/2015”, the European Movement in Serbia for the fifth year respectively conducted in cooperation and with the support of the Embassy of the United States to Serbia, Erste Bank and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The program aims to bring together professional leaders from different professions to share their knowledge and experience with young women in their early careers of similar interests and a desire to be successful in their fields. This will contribute to creating an opportunity for these women to improve their career path with the intention to achieve a positive step and set a sound basis for future long-term cooperation.

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