Ljubljana, Slovenia

From an old city bus to a Youth Mobile Centre

The transformation of an outdated city bus into a mobile youth center creates a much-needed space to support youth in Ljubljana. Rather than piling up in the environment, the unusable bus will start a new lifecycle serving residents. 
The initiative is a way forward to build more inclusive and better-connected neighborhoods within the city. The mobile youth center will create connexions across community residents and neighborhoods. It will provide youth, among others, a sense of belonging and a space for social life and creativity

Three stages have been planned over a five-year timeframe:  

  • 1. Refurbishing the bus with youth in a ‘learning by doing’ mentoring program + test useability (December 2018 - March 2020);
  • 2. Conducting neighborhood programs based on cultural projects as defined by the local communities (March 2020 - 2025);
  • 3. The mobile youth center to become a home of culture and social life in the most needed neighborhood (2025 -).

"With over 2100 projects carried out in the past thirteen years, we are improving the quality of life for current and future generations with an emphasis on sustainable development and wellbeing.
I am thankful for the trust and good energy of Ljubljana’s residents. Together, hand in hand, we are writing a success story and demonstrating with our actions that Ljubljana is an open and tolerant city where we live together respecting our differences."

Zoran Janković
Mayor of the City of Ljubljana

Mobile Youth Centre Photo © Jon Zagar

Mobile Youth Centre Photo © Jon Zagar

Mobile Youth Centre Photo © Jon Zagar

Photo © City of Ljubljana

Photo © Dunja Wedam City of Ljubljana

Photo © City of Ljubljana

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Featured photo: © City of Ljubljana