Meet our Nordic Fellow Admir Lukacevic
Admir is the founder of Idrott utan gränser. An organization which mission is to create and bring forward new role models from diverse backgrounds using sports.
His Changemaker journey
Admir experienced war for half of his childhood. This led him to lead a life where staying persistent and creative became his most valuable assets. Everything in his life changed when his family was quickly forced to flee Bosnia. Soon after, his family moved to the highly segregated area of Landskrona, Sweden, comprised of nearly 95% immigrants. As soon as Admir was old enough to know it, he saw the importance of strong social and emotional qualities.
Admir fosters a new kind of society in Scandinavia – one that is more open to failure, participation and optimism.
Through sports and leading the basketball organization, Admir achieved a key personal insight. The insight was that sports, among other positive influences such as family, friends and role models, give a young person the sense that life is a corridor of opportunity.
Idrott Utan Gränser (IUG) has the mission to cultivate a generation of young people eager to take the necessary risks and responsibility to shape their lives. Admir makes new use out of existing, underutilized spaces - including PE classrooms, playgrounds, and schoolyards during afterschool, weekend and holiday hours – in order to promote active learning and new relationships across social groups.
IUG young leaders facilitate activities in these spaces, thereby attracting youth from diverse backgrounds and ages to engage in unique combinations of sports, play and hands-on role modeling. IUG young leaders, often from immigrant backgrounds and young in age as well, become a system of support and mentorship.
Beyond its work directly with youth, Admir and IUG use its approach with play and young people as a tool to encourage society at large to function more collaboratively. IUG’s methodology inside and outside of schools creates new interactions between local associations, schools, teachers, universities, governance, the business sector and law enforcement, in ways previously missing from society.
IUG enables diverse groups in Sweden to meet and change their views of each other in unexpected ways. Consequently, IUG shifts the current conversation about the integration of immigrants in a more positive direction by highlighting the potential of role models from diverse backgrounds.
IUG creates a win-win interactive program by building networks and personal relationships that break down the barriers in society so children and teenagers are enabled to build positive experiences out of failures and have an opportunity to incubate their own ideas and develop their entrepreneurial skills.