Jan Peloza

Country representing

Slovenia

Languages

Slovenian
English

Education

  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Computering and Informatics (Bachelor) and Faculty for Social Studies (Masters)
  • Engineer of Computering and Informatics and Master in Communication
  • over 100 international courses attended, over 50 training courses led, over 10 international conferences led and oraganized

Current organisation

Institute for Youth, Health and Sustainable Development and Zavod Mobin-EYCA Slovenia; Alcohol Policy Youth Network and Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia

Current role

Director (two organizations), President of Monitoring Committee (two organizations)

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Event planning
Project management
Public policy
Teaching and training

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Health
Media
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Are we working for living or do we live for work? Although my honest answer to this question in many cases produces mixed feelings with the listeners, I am still proud to voice it out - my work is my life. I love waking up early in the morning because of it and I even don’t want to go to sleep at night because of it - well, also because I have that much of work to do ;) Some people might question if this is the way we want to spend our lives, so I love to answer them that if you really manage to craft your time in the way you like the most, you can enjoy your life twice as much. Literally! When the eight hours of your day, when you are supposed to earn money, are added to the planned eight hours of your free time, the joy doubles. Moreover, a good eight hours-night sleep is also important for your happiness, especially when you have in mind that your loving job awaits you. So, what I do. I talk. A lot. But in the time between, when I don’t talk (or sleep or answer my emails), I am working with people. Mainly young people. Having heard billions of times that youth is our future, I always find myself in a contradiction - we become adults when we learn how to survive in our world of everyday obstacles, challenges and stimulations. In short - when we learn how to deal with bureaucracy. When we are able to leave the safe nest and find our own food. When we are able to get enough competences to become independent players on the job market and active citizens in society. Many believe that this is a natural societal process that would happen in one way or anot her, but I and many other youth workers and leaders believe that this process can be alternated. Not exactly playing Mother Nature, but helping her to make the world a better place. One young person at a time. And why is this a contradiction? Because as soon as you guide a young person to the point he or she becomes an active part of the society, he or she is not young anymore.

Actions

I am an engineer in computering and informatics and currently finishing my masters in social marketing with a focus on problematic gambling. At the time of drafting this description, I am still president of Alcohol Policy Youth Network and the funder of one of the most successful Slovenian non-governmental organizations, the Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia. Being a youth worker for the last 15 years, I contributed to the development of the European health promotion and health-advocacy sector, while at the same time as a trainer and facilitator helped young people to become socially engaged as organizers of many successful international events. As a youth worker I have led several sectoral-developmental projects that were focusing on the topics of health and sustainable development, out of which the most important were the European Environmental and Health Youth Coalition, YU-SEE (Ex-YUgoslavia South-Eastern Europe) network on the impact of different industries on the youth health and environment and Sustainaware - Global Youth Partnership for Education on Sustainable Development.