Youth Center Plovdiv http://youthcenter.local Община Пловдив Sample Продължава строителството на Младежкия център http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/12 <p>С пълна сила продължава строителството на Младежкия център. Припомняме, че Младежкият център е позициониран на ул. "Ясна поляна" в парк "Отдих и култура", зад старата трибуна с кафенетата.<br />Финансирането е от безвъзмездната помощ по програма "Европейското икономическо пространство". Парите се дават за строителството и издръжка на персонала на Младежкия център в продължение на 28 месеца.В центъра ще се организират младежки обмени, неформални обучения, ще има клубове по интереси, зала за предоставяне на свободен достъп до интернет и други. Целта е младежите от рискови групи да се научат на социални контакти и на неща, важни за бъдещето им.<br />Основната целева група на проекта са младежите на възраст между 15 и 29 години.<br />Цената на строежа е 1.316 млн. лв. Стойността на целия проект е малко над 2.2 млн. лв.<br />Освен това общинското ръководство ще дообогати комплекса с изграждането на игрища за футбол, волейбол и баскетбол, площадки за тенис на маса и фитнеси на открито. Ще има и паркинг с капацитет 47 паркоместа.</p> First round table on "Problems and challenges in front of today’s young people aged between 15 and 19 in Plovdiv and the region" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/125 <p>The Municipality of Plovdiv organized the first of a number of round tables on the project &ldquo;Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv". The event was held on 6 November 2014 with the special support of the National Alliance for Volunteer Action &ndash; project partners. The round table was attended by a large number of stakeholders &ndash; representatives of institutions and organizations in the field of youth, local government, social units, directors of schools and high schools, students and school counselors. The participants discussed the topic: "Problems and challenges in front of today&rsquo;s young people aged between 15 and 19 in Plovdiv and the region". The objective was to identify the key problematic areas, their causes and the possible solutions.</p> Partners http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/462 <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>National Network of Youth Centers</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong><img src="/uploads/assets/images/27901540_2384937361531712_1185353575_o.jpg" alt="" width="187" height="222" /><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">The National Network of Youth Centers was established in October 2016 by signing a cooperation agreement between the managers of the four Bulgarian youth centers - Vratsa, Dobrich, Plovdiv and Stara Zagora. The main goal of the network is to advocate the recognition of youth work at national level and to work towards common quality standard. A number of joint activities were implemented, including a National training on the topic of human rights, and International youth expo on the topic "Create Your Future".</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>Assosiacion for democratic education</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>FAR</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;<img src="/uploads/assets/images/logo_en.jpg" alt="" width="215" height="202" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">The association FAR is a non-govermental organisation, which offers non-formal education for young people and adults.&ldquo;Far&rdquo; is the Bulgarian word for lighthouse, which represents the goals of the association.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">FAR is a free and independent association and wants to contribute to:</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; encourage people from different generations to get involved in political and social processes;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; achieve and support independent opinion making, rethinking and moral courage;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; discuss in public important topics such as the European integration of the country or the increasing emigration of young Bulgarians.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><a href="http://www.farburgas.eu/language/en">www.farburgas.eu/language/en</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>Bulgarian Rowing Federation</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong><img src="/uploads/assets/images/logo_bfg_new3.jpg" alt="" width="132" height="205" /><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">Rowing is one of the most successful sports in the country with many awards. The Bulgarian Rowing Federation organizes and implements competitions at national and international level. The aim of the federation is to promote, develop and achieve high standards in Bulgarian &nbsp;sport. It also supervises the preparation of national rowing teams, ensures their participation in international competitions, creates conditions for improving their qualifications and protects the rights and interests of their members.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><a href="http://rowingbulgaria.com/">http://rowingbulgaria.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>Bulgarian Canoe-Kayak Federation</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong><img src="/uploads/assets/images/28176062_10213177051159112_1632224314_n.png" alt="" width="242" height="148" /><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">The Bulgarian Canoe-Kayak Federation actively supports competitors in international competitions, European and World championships and Olympic Games. Through the hard work of highly qualified Bulgarian specialists in the sphere, the Federation implements campaigns to promote canoeing in the country. Variety of initiatives are held in order to attract young people and to develop international programs and projects that will improve the level of sport in Bulgaria.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><a href="https://www.canoe-bg.com/bg/">https://www.canoe-bg.com/bg/</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>Lions club Plovdiv</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;<img src="/uploads/assets/images/28170119_10213177050999108_876335494_o.jpg" alt="" width="343" height="197" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">Lions club Plovdiv is a non-governmental charity organization that works with children and young people at risk and supports their social development. Carries out environmental projects and organizes a number of campaigns and initiatives in the field of art. All members are from 16 to 18 years of age and actively partner with Мunicipal enterprise &bdquo;Youth Centre Plovdiv&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><a href="https://lions.bg/">https://lions.bg</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong>Leader Academy</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><strong><img src="/uploads/assets/images/29634016_10213526649978864_648157486_o.png" alt="" width="178" height="178" /><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">The mission of the Leader Academy is to bring together young people who want and seek more in terms of their academic, personal and career development by meeting them with a team of&nbsp; trainers. The goal of the team is to support through their experience and knowledge and to prepare young people to excel in the school that matters most - the school of life.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><a href="%20https://leader.education/">&nbsp;https://leader.education/</a></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp; National Center for Safety Online works toward enhancement of the digital literacy of the children and young people. The team has been encouraging the positive, safe and responsible use of Internet and the mobile technologies since 2005. In case of an accident in the network the center provides consultations and support on the phone and online. National Center for Safety Online supports the process of the integration of the media and digital literacy in the educational system.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p>People to People International, Plovdiv Student Chapter, or PTPI Smiles is a volunteer organization that supports the international peace building among the citizens through mutual understanding. We participate and organize various events, support different causes and campaigns, aiming at affirming the humanitarian values of the society through cultural and educational activities. The organization has representation in the whole country of Bulgaria, and in the city of Plovdiv functions since 2009.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">&nbsp;</p> Second round table on "Problems and challenges in front of today’s young people aged between 19 and 29 in Plovdiv and the region" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/126 <p>A round table on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv", Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014 was held on 26 November 2014 in the Culture centre &ldquo;Boris Hristov&rdquo;.</p> Plovdiv Municipality won 2.2 million BGN for the construction of a Youth Centre http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/141 <pre>The minister of education and science prof. Aneliya Klisarova handed the deputy-mayor of &ldquo;Sports, youth and social policy&rdquo; Georgi Tityukov a contract for establishing a youth centre in the city. The project, won by the municipality, is worth 2 243 320.31 BGN and is funded by the programme "Children and youth at risk", Component 1 &ndash; Care for Youth at Risk, through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 - 2014</pre> <p><a href="http://bnr.bg/plovdiv/post/100390474/obshtina-plovdiv-specheli-22-mln-leva-za-izgrajdaneto-na-mladejki-centyr">http://bnr.bg/plovdiv/post/100390474/obshtina-plovdiv-specheli-22-mln-leva-za-izgrajdaneto-na-mladejki-centyr</a></p> Celebrating the European week of human rights http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/127 <p>On 11 December 2014, on the occasion of the European week of human rights, a non-formal educational activity, entitled "We are different but equal", was held in the Tower building at the Regatta venue in Plovdiv. Young people, aged between 18 and 25, discussed together with the youth workers and the Roma mediators the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and its application in the local context. The interactive educational games were followed by a lecture on discrimination.&nbsp;</p> The construction of a youth centre started in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/142 <h1><span style="font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.5em;">The construction of a youth centre for children at risk has started in Plovdiv. The symbolic first sod of the new building has been turned today. The centre will have three floors, each one will spread over 500quare meters. Part of the building is funded by a European project, and the rest is financed from the budget of Plovdiv Municipality.</span></h1> <p><a href="http://bnt.bg/bnt2-regionalni/bnt2-plovdiv/zapochna-izgrazhdaneto-na-mladezhki-tsenta-r-za-detsa-v-risk-v-plovdiv">http://bnt.bg/bnt2-regionalni/bnt2-plovdiv/zapochna-izgrazhdaneto-na-mladezhki-tsenta-r-za-detsa-v-risk-v-plovdiv</a></p> Youth workers and Roma mediators on the project "Establishing a youth centre in the city of Plovdiv" conducted a training session with young people on the topic “The perfect society” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/128 <p>Employees on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv" held a discussion meeting with young people aged between 17 and 22. The meeting was also attended by Laura De Witte and Maria Koutatzi &ndash; trainers from the Council of Europe. The participants presented their ideas about the perfect world in which they would like to live, and the things that prevent them from living in such a world. The young people discussed what they could do to positively impact the world around them.</p> Second Round table on "Problems and challenges in front of today’s young people aged between 19 and 29 in Plovdiv and the region" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/143 <p>A round table on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv", Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014 was held on 26.11.2014 in the Culture centre &ldquo;Boris Hristov&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://news.plovdiv24.bg/527512.html">http://news.plovdiv24.bg/527512.html</a></p> The employees of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv" organized an informational meeting with young people from the Municipality of Perushtitza http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/129 <p>The team of youth workers and Roma mediators took part in a meeting with young people, aged between 15 and 29, including young people at risk and representatives of ethnic minorities, on the topic "Challenges in front of today&rsquo;s young people ". The meeting was held on 17.02.2015 in Community centre &ldquo;Prosveta-1862&rdquo; in the town of Perushtitza.</p> The employees of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv" organized an informational meeting with young people from the Municipality of Perushtitza http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/144 <p>The team of youth workers and Roma mediators took part in a meeting with young people, aged between 15 and 29, including young people at risk and representatives of ethnic minorities, on the topic "Challenges in front of today&rsquo;s young people ". The meeting was held on 17.02.2015 in Community centre &ldquo;Prosveta-1862&rdquo; in the town of Perushtitza.</p> <p><a href="http://www.perushtitsa.bg/%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B6%D0%BA%D0%B8-%D1%86%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%82%D1%8A%D1%80-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%BF%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%B2-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B5-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%81%D1%80%D0%B5%D1%89%D0%B0-%D1%81-%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8-%D1%85%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B0-%D0%BE%D1%82-%D0%BE%D0%B1%D1%89%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%83%D1%89%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B0">http://www.perushtitsa.bg/%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B6%D0%BA%D0%B8-%D1%86%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%82%D1%8A%D1%80-%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%BF%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%B2-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B5-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%81%D1%80%D0%B5%D1%89%D0%B0-%D1%81-%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8-%D1%85%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B0-%D0%BE%D1%82-%D0%BE%D0%B1%D1%89%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%83%D1%89%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B0</a></p> Challenges in front of young people in the town of Hisar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/130 <p>The director and the team of youth workers and Roma mediators, working on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv", Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014 and the Municipality of Hisar organized a joint meeting of the team with young people from Hisar, aged between 15 and 29 on the topic "Challenges in front of today's young people". The meeting was held on 18.02.2015 in hotel Augusta, Hisar.</p> Challenges in front of young people in the town of Hisar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/145 <p>The director and the team of youth workers and Roma mediators, working on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv", Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014 and the Municipality of Hisar organized a joint meeting of the team with young people from Hisar, aged between 15 and 29 on the topic "Challenges in front of today's young people". The meeting was held on 18.02.2015 in hotel Augusta, Hisar.</p> <p><a href="http://hisar.bg/hisar/%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BB%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D1%85%D0%BE/"><strong>http://hisar.bg/hisar/%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BB%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D0%BC%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D1%85%D0%BE/</strong></a><strong></strong></p> A mass sport event in Plovdiv highlights the alternative urban mobility - 03.11.2017 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/417 <p>More than hundred&nbsp;participated in a sport event at the rowing channel - Plovdiv. That initiative highlights the alternative urban mobility. The&nbsp;cycling tour was led by <span>deputy minister&nbsp;</span>- Denitsa Nikolova, the&nbsp;<span>mayor of Plovdiv - Ivan Totev,&nbsp;</span>deputy mayor of Plovdiv - Georgi Titukov, the deputy governor of Plovdiv - Dimitar Kerin.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> The staff of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv" meets with the chairman of the National community center "Mustafa Kemal Ataturk" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/131 <p>The youth workers and the Roma mediators, together with the director of the Youth centre &ndash; Dimitriya Todorova-Andonova met with Bedrie Tarmazova &ndash; chairman of the National community centre "Mustafa Kemal Ataturk" in Plovdiv. The participants in the meeting discussed opportunities for organising and conducting joint initiatives of the Community centre and the Youth Center.</p> The Youth centre visits the City library “Paisii Hilendarski” in Assenovgrad http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/146 <p>A meeting between young people from Assenovgrad and the staff of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv&rdquo; was held on 20.03.2015 in the City library in Assenovgrad. The purpose of the meeting was to provoke a discussion on the specific needs and problems of young people aged between 15 and 29 in the region.<strong></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.assenovgrad.com/news.php?id=3323"><strong>http://www.assenovgrad.com/news.php?id=3323</strong></a></p> А charity event of the foreign students from the Medical University Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/438 <p>On 04.11.2017. in the Youth Center Plovdiv was held a charity event of the foreign students from the Medical University Plovdiv. They call themselves MSOM (Medical Students On a Mission) and collect funds through a soccer and basketball tournament to help children in distress and Pediatrics departments in the hospitals in Plovdiv. It was an honor for us to be part of the team!</p> The project management team meets with youth organizations in Norway with the purpose of cooperation and exchange of best practices http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/132 <p>The mayor of the "Central" region &ndash; Mr. Georgi Tityukov, together with part of the management team of the project "Establishing a youth center in the City of Plovdiv", visited Norway to meet with the partner organization &ldquo;Agder Research&rdquo; and to plan the implementation of joint activities. Our team took part in a number of meetings with various institutions and NGOs &ndash; the Red Cross - Oslo, the Islamic Council, DNT, Juvente, the Department for Combating youth crime in the city of Oslo, Jobbskolen and Adult care for children. The aim of the meetings was to create preconditions for future cooperation between Plovdiv Municipality and the Norwegian organizations and to exchange best practices in the field of youth policies.&nbsp;</p> Round table on "Opportunities for development of youth entrepreneurship" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/147 <p>A round table on the topic "Opportunities for development of youth entrepreneurship" took place in the City culture centre "Boris Hristov" on 5 May, 2015. The event was held within the project BG06-103 "Establishing a Youth Center in the city of Plovdiv", with the financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, with the participation of NAVA &ndash; partner of the project. The round table was attended by directors of schools in Plovdiv, representatives of school and student councils, as well as by representatives of non-governmental organizations, social institutions and community centres.</p> <p>Best practices in the field of youth entrepreneurship were presented by the special guests &ndash; Elisabet Hauge &ndash; expert from "Agder Research", Norway, Vessislav Iliev &ndash; "Bauersachs" Foundation, Georgi Stoev &ndash; "Industry Watch Group" as well as Georgi Tityukov &ndash; Mayor of "Central " region in Plovdiv. Ambitious students from Vocational School of Food Technology and Equipment, Plovdiv explained how they created and developed their company for cosmetic products. The participants had the opportunity to take part in a discussion where they could express their opinion and give their suggestions for the development of youth entrepreneurship in Bulgaria.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://mediacafe.bg/novini/novini/Elizabet-Haug-ot-Norvegija-Predpriemachestvoto-trjabva-da-se-uchi-osthe-ot-gradinata-VIDEO-i-SNIMKI-8491">http://mediacafe.bg/novini/novini/Elizabet-Haug-ot-Norvegija-Predpriemachestvoto-trjabva-da-se-uchi-osthe-ot-gradinata-VIDEO-i-SNIMKI-8491</a></p> Youth Center Plovdiv welcomed a group of Indian tourists http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/447 <p>The sport complex of OP "Youth Center Plovdiv" welcomed a group of Indian tourists who, despite the cold weather, chose to have fun with the innovative game Archery War.</p> Workshop “Youth in action” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/133 <p>On March 9 part of the employees, working on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv" conducted non-formal educational activities and discussions with young people. The purpose of the meeting was to identify the main problematic areas and the needs of young people and to use them as a base for planning the future activities of the youth centre.</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv will be opened in November http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/249 Cycling Season 2018 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/490 <p>Plovdiv Municipality launches Cycling Season 2018. The official start will be given on April 14, Saturday, at Saedinenie Square. The cycling group will be led by the mayor of Plovdiv engineer Ivan Totev, the deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov, the Olympic medalists Nikolay Buhalov, Asen Zlatev and other prominent athletes.</p> The Youth centre visits the City library “Paisii Hilendarski” in Asenovgrad http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/134 <p>A meeting between young people from Assenovgrad and the staff of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv&rdquo; was held on 20 March 2015 in the City library in Assenovgrad. The purpose of the meeting was to provoke a discussion on the specific needs and problems of young people aged between 15 and 29 in the region.<strong></strong></p> In a few days the Youth Centre will be opened http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/250 Perfect Fitness http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/505 <p>In support of an active sports lifestyle Perfect Fitness offers you a dynamic outdoor workout on May 12 (Saturday) at 18:00. The multifunctional sports complex of the Plovdiv Youth Center (next to the Regatta Venue) will present a special program with professional instructors.</p> <p>For the martial art lovers there will be a group class led by one of the best boxers in Bulgaria - Ivan Kiselarov.</p> <p>Through intensive circular workouts with ribbons and dumbbells, as well as demonstrations on the outdoor facilities, Perfect Fitness trainers will try to take you out of your comfort zone and evoke every muscle in your body.</p> <p>The Polly and Chrisie will move you with Pilates Mat exercises at 18:00. Together you will have fun with a functional game-training with many challenges and races in pairs or teams at 19:00.</p> <p>We are expecting you!</p> Training of the team in the European Youth Centre in Budapest http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/135 <p>The management team of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv", together with the youth workers and Roma mediators took part in a working visit to the youth center in Budapest, Hungary during the period 22.03.2015 &ndash; 26.03.2015. The purpose of the visit was familiarizing with the activities and functioning of the European Youth Centre in Budapest. The team took part in several meetings with representatives of NGOs, working with young people, to exchange good practices.</p> Youth Centre is expected to be opened in a few days http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/251 <p><a href="http://www.plovdiv-online.com/plovdiv/item/70953-do-dni-otkriv%D0%B0t-ml%D0%B0dejkiya-tzentaar"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://www.plovdiv-online.com/plovdiv/item/70953-do-dni-otkriv%D0%B0t-ml%D0%B0dejkiya-tzentaar</span></a></p> European Sports Week at Youth Center Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/564 <p>Plovdiv reunites all those who bring the sporting spirit to themselves! For the fourth consecutive year, the European Sport Week #BeActive will be celebrated in the city under the hills in the period 27-30.09.2018. The initiative is implemented in partnership with the Municipality of Plovdiv, Sports and Youth Activities Directorate, Youth Center Plovdiv and with the support of Art Center "Alejandro", Perfect Fitness Center, Victoria Volley, Parallel World Association, BG Be Active, Municipal Youth Club "Innovator" Hisarya, PTPI, Da Dao - North Club and Sports School&nbsp;Vassil Levski.</p> Celebrating the International Roma day http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/136 <p>The employees of the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv",&nbsp; Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014 were invited to participate in the celebration of April 8 &ndash; the International Roma Day. The event was accompanied by a rich cultural programme, which presented traditional songs and dances.</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv was officially opened http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/252 <p><a href="http://news.plovdiv24.bg/597881.html"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://news.plovdiv24.bg/597881.html</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> Plovdiv perpetuates its Olympic medalists http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/638 <p>Plovdiv Municipality and the team of Youth center Plovdiv are very close to the finalization of a great idea-to immortalize all the Olympic medalists of the city who brought Olympic fame to Plovdiv. They are 45 in number.</p> <p>We are currently preparing special photo plates and an enriched biographycal information of each of them. The business cards will be in Bulgarian and English.</p> <p>"These plates will most likely be located on the luminaires pillars around the rowing canal. I hope that the project will be completed in a few months. We wanted to present the citizens of Plovdiv with our distinguished athletes, with whom our city is proud ", said the director of Youth Center Plovdiv - Dima Todorova.</p> <p>She specified for our media that the idea was born even ahead of time when the Municipality of Plovdiv and the Directorate "Sport and Youth activities" honored with a gold Badge Olympic medalists, then were prepared and vinyis with their cards.</p> <p>Plovdiv24.bg supports the idea and together with the team of the youth center will publish every weekend interviews with the Olympic medalists of our city, so that more citizens can learn about their phenomenal achievements.</p> Training with students from Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski", specialty “Turkology” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/137 <p>The youth workers on the project "Establishing a Youth Center in the city of Plovdiv", Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014 held an informational meeting with students from Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski", specialty "Turkology&rdquo;, with the purpose of presenting the activities and services that the youth center will provide.</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv was opened by Krasen Kralev, Minister of Youth and Sport http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/253 Caspar Simeonov: Volleyball was love at first sight for me http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/639 <p>- <strong>Did sport choose you or did you choose the sport?</strong></p> <p>- I was chosen by the selection system for players, which existed in the past. There were a lot of school championships and I started from basketball, football because I was tall and I could play it all. But in sixth grade, my then coach, Slavcho Slavchev, directed me to volleyball. From the moment I caught the volleyball ball, I told myself I was going to be a volleyball player. Love at first sight.</p> <p>- <strong>Besides the physical, what other preparation is needed to win an Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- The road to participating in the Olympic Games is very difficult. First, you start working at least 5 years with a 12-year-old child to make a product, an athlete, a competitor. This competitor has the physical abilities to participate and to establish himself in the national team. Then the team has to win a quota for the Olympics. It's a long way. You go through physical, moral, psychic training, as well as through many workouts and a lot of diligence. For me, hard working is the most important thing in sports. Next is the desire for self-improvement and only then is the Olympic Games, to the Masters of Sports. All the people who work with you are extremely helpful &ndash; coaches, medical professionals, psychologists, physical training.</p> <p>- <strong>Volleyball is a team game. How much do you have to overcome yourself in the name of the common good of the team?</strong></p> <p>- It's not a selfish game. I am amazed by my fellow athletes how they make the crosses only by themselves. With me, if the team members aren't here, I wouldn't go. The collective game wants casualties. Players must be a group of likeminded people who are respected, impress and know their place-then a team is made and then success is achieved. On the camp before the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980&nbsp; with the people of the national team we looked at eah other and we said: We have to deal with it. And it worked!</p> <p>- <strong>What attracted you to coaching work?</strong></p> <p>- There's no better thing than being a contestant. You're cared for, people work with you. While the trainer is on the other side-you have to deal with 15-16&nbsp; "Crazy heads". Coaching work is very difficult and ungrateful, but it is also the most important. Especially in child-adolescent preparation, when the characters and habits are formed. The sport and the coach teach you to be organized, because there is time for everything &ndash; for school, for training, for recreation, for free time. There's always time for sports for 24 hours.</p> <p>- <strong>What would you advise future athletes?</strong></p> <p>- Motivation today is more difficult because there is already a lot of fun. But it all depends on the educators who work with the children-to convey the spark to them, to give them a good example. There is no greater motivation than information about successful athletes and high results globally. This should be motivation for young athletes and they want to reach such high peaks.</p> <p>&nbsp;The interview is posted with edits by the author. All rights to the text created by the project "Olympic medalists of Plovdiv" belong to Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv"</p> Round table on "Opportunities for development of youth entrepreneurship" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/138 <p>A round table on the topic "Opportunities for development of youth entrepreneurship" took place in the City culture centre "Boris Hristov" on 5 May, 2015. The event was held within the project BG06-103 "Establishing a Youth Center in the city of Plovdiv", with the financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, with the participation of NAVA &ndash; partner of the project. The round table was attended by directors of schools in Plovdiv, representatives of school and student councils, as well as by representatives of non-governmental organizations, social institutions and community centres.</p> <p>Best practices in the field of youth entrepreneurship were presented by the special guests &ndash; Elisabet Hauge &ndash; expert from "Agder Research", Norway, Vessislav Iliev &ndash; "Bauersachs" Foundation, Georgi Stoev &ndash; "Industry Watch Group" as well as Georgi Tityukov &ndash; Mayor of "Central " region in Plovdiv. Ambitious students from Vocational School of Food Technology and Equipment, Plovdiv explained how they created and developed their company for cosmetic products. The participants had the opportunity to take part in a discussion where they could express their opinion and give their suggestions for the development of youth entrepreneurship in Bulgaria.</p> Champagne, salmon and French cheese served at the opening Youth Centre Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/254 <p><a href="http://dariknews.bg/view_article.php?article_id=1529872"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://dariknews.bg/view_article.php?article_id=1529872</span></a></p> Nonka Matova: I will never forget my world record for men http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/640 <p>- <strong>When and how did you step on the firing range for the first time?</strong></p> <p>- It was 1968. Bulgaria had its own National Programs for&nbsp; involvement of youth and adolescents in sports. This was implemented by the largest non-governmental organizations for sport - National organization for support of the Defence - initial selection and preparation and Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sport - development of high sports mastery. Apparently, coach Atanas Chitanov had noticed the necessary qualities in me because he did not allow me to stop the sports training.</p> <p>- <strong>You took part in six consecutive Olympics, as well as in the alternative to the Druzhba Olympics tournament in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. How did the preparation go and how do you maintain such a good shape?</strong></p> <p>- The&nbsp;Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sport and&nbsp;National organization for support of the Defence were civic organizations, but the system was on a professional level. We had everything we needed, we also worked with the best professional specialists on the different type of training.&nbsp;The&nbsp;Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sport&nbsp;had highly qualified own centers and people, which allowed the sporting form to be maintained in a narrow and upward way. This means reliability and rentability of the preparation to achieve elite results and rankings. We have achieved uniqueness.</p> <p>- <strong>You have placed 11 world (two for men) and 28 European (two for men) recordings in shooting with a rifle. You are multiple Balkan and Republican rifle recorder. You earn over 600 medals in sports competitions. You get the prize for the most accurate shooter on the Balkan Peninsula and the world's most prestigious shooter award in 1985. What's the secret of your success?</strong></p> <p>- As I said, Bulgaria stood behind us and gave us the best possible. We managed to thank ourselves in our own way. But! If I should raise the end of the curtain to the secret of success, it is locked in the system of preparation. It is possible for the athletes to be endlessly technically prepared in their sport and physically, but if the psychological preparation suffers, things are predestined. It is true that the chance is on the side of the well-prepared. "The Lord gives, but does not bring in the fold." Success does not fall from the sky.</p> <p>- <strong>Which is the most memorable moment of your career?</strong></p> <p>- Of course, victory among men. Until 1980, the Olympic disciplines in shooting were male. It was good that they assumed "inferior" groups in the higher competition - that is, the considered weaker women, adolescents, girls could participate in disciplines of the stronger. After my double European championship title with two world and two European records for the men of Lviv 1979, with an improved five-point old record, and my championship title again for men in the Pre-Olympic Games in Moscow, things were predetermined.In the Olympic Games is 1980 in Moscow I reached 6th and 7th among the male competition, and the results from second to ninth place were the same, but the latest series were taken into account, central 10. The electronic equipment that is available today was lacking then, and since the next Olympic Games (1984), they have introduced Olympic disciplines for women, but have specifically banned the participation of women with men.</p> <p>- <strong>Why should we train professionally? How would you stimulate young athletes?</strong></p> <p>- Why?! The answer may be only one - if you are looking for success. The other is hobby.</p> <p>The fact is that sport is a social phenomenon. It has been found to have a positive impact on all real-life spheres. Why do we need to reopen the warm water, the wheel, and the chronology begin with a new one, in order to become famous ?!</p> <p>Let's look at our own experience. Upgraded and modernized, our own Bulgarian system is undoubtedly the winning option. It is no coincidence that so many countries around the world have made their champions with Bulgarian coaches. I wish the young athletes a lot of success! They know that success comes with a lot of work and stubbornness, but let's notice that it is mostly related to the quality of the team of specialists. A good team saves time and effort. In fact, time is life!</p> <p>&nbsp;The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv"</p> Training with young people on human rights http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/139 <p>A non-formal educational activity with young people aged between 17 and 23 was held on 14 May 2015 at the Regatta Venue in Plovdiv. The aim of the training was to acquaint the participants with the fundamental rights included in the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and to involve them in a discussion to what extent these rights are respected in our reality.</p> Kralev, Minister of Youth and Sport opened Youth Centre Plovdiv with modern sport facilities http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/255 <p><a href="http://www.livesport.bg/ministyr-kralev-otkri-mladezhki-centyr-i-supermoderna-sportna-ploshtadka-v-plovdiv-91383.html"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://www.livesport.bg/ministyr-kralev-otkri-mladezhki-centyr-i-supermoderna-sportna-ploshtadka-v-plovdiv-91383.html</span></a></p> Angelina Mihaylova: Without understanding one team can not be successful http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/641 <p>- <strong>What attracted you to basketball?</strong></p> <p>- I accidentally started training. I liked the collective ball game. The pursuit of improvement and of course the pleasure of winning!</p> <p>- <strong>You won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia in 1980. What are your memories of then?</strong></p> <p>- I remember the mood of the whole team. As a participant for the first time in the Olympic Games I can still remember the incredible organization. How we were met, the opening and the closing ceremony. The overall positive atmosphere and the sporting spirit were a driving factor in the quest for winning each match and seeking a medal.</p> <p>- <strong>How is a successful team build?</strong></p> <p>- Only the team in which unity, collectivism and understanding rule can become successful. Basketball is an intelligent game. To be successful, you need to have many personal qualities. The ambition and the desire of each competitor to do the best for the team are crucial.</p> <p>- <strong>How does the audience contriburte to good team play?</strong></p> <p>- The audience has always been the sixth player in one team. Good mood always helps for a relaxed and beautiful game. The support of the audience inevitably forces you to show the best you can - giving you wings!</p> <p>- <strong>What are the advantages of basketball? Why should one be playing it?</strong></p> <p>- Like every collective sport, the qualities that basketball develops are complex. Tolerance, agility, rapid decision-making and judgment, discipline, organization, interaction, coordination, understanding, foresight are only some of the qualities that a good competitor develops and should have. These qualities, respectively, build valuable and successful personalities in the future. Sport is for health and positive emotions. It builds people, and creates contacts.</p> <p>&nbsp;The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> My heart is committed. What about yours? http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/140 <p>The sports initiative for children and adults under the motto "My heart is committed &ndash; What about yours" was held for the third consecutive year on 17 May at the Regatta venue in Plovdiv. The event was part of an international initiative, launched in 2011 in the city of Cologne, Germany, and toured several countries and different cities in Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Varna, Pazardzhik, Gotse Delchev.<br /> The event included charity jogging for those enthusiasts who love the active lifestyle. Everyone, who supported the cause, received a special heart-shaped sticker, as a sign of his/her commitment.<br /> The campaign was organized by the Municipality of Plovdiv &ndash; Directorate of "Sports and Youth Activities", jointly with the Association of Medical Students and the staff on the project "Establishing a youth center in the city of Plovdiv", Program BG06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 &ndash; "Care for youth at risk", Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 &ndash; 2014. The funds raised will be donated to the department of "Children's neurology" in University Hospital "St. George" in Plovdiv for the reconstruction of children's rooms.</p> Kralev opened unique Youth Centre in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/256 <p><a href="http://www.gol.bg/drugi/2015-11-19/ministar-kralev-otkri-unikalen-mladezhki-tsentar-v-plovdiv"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://www.gol.bg/drugi/2015-11-19/ministar-kralev-otkri-unikalen-mladezhki-tsentar-v-plovdiv</span></a></p> Sikia Kelbcheva: With the Olympic title we raised the British Queen http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/642 <p>- <strong>How did your love for sport begin?</strong></p> <p>- Above all, you have to have it inside yourself. With me started by participating in school championships. Then I turned to rowing, as with my fellow student we walked together to the Regatta Venue. I have been training since I was 19 years old. If one now says they have begun to professionally engage in sports at that age, they will think this person is crazy and it is too late.</p> <p>- <strong>How did you reach the Olympic Games?</strong></p> <p>- With a lot of desire, with a lot of hard work and proving myself as a person who wants to be a professional athlete.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the feeling of winning an Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- After winning the medal, the feeling is very pleasant - that you have done your job perfectly. You have to be there to feel it.</p> <p>- <strong>You are the first Olympic champion from Plovdiv together with Stoyanka Gruycheva. How were you met in town after winning the medal? What was the atmosphere?</strong></p> <p>- After we returned to our hometown, people were very happy. The encounter was unbelievable. There was also a celebration. These pleasant memories remain forever.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the most memorable moment in the process of winning the Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- The most pleasant feeling is when you climb the stairs for the awarding. Me and Stoyanka were so tired that we struggle to go there. We could not even smile, we did not realize what had happened. But when we heard the national anthem, my partner caught my hand and that was very memorable for me. In addition to this the Queen of England attended our awards,&nbsp; and the feeling was indescribable. Still, we knew we had raised the Queen of England.</p> <p>- <strong>What does an Olympic medal bring?</strong></p> <p>- When you participate in the next Olympics, you just have to chase the top. Our second participation in the Olympic Games (in Moscow) was very difficult for us because we started training only a year before them. However, we already had families and missed races and preparations. But we succeeded because we worked, we did everything by ourselves. This second medal for me is much harder to win because it was related to personal and professional deprivation.</p> <p>- <strong>How would you motivate young athletes?</strong></p> <p>- It is hard to motivate children. Yet there are young people who want to sport and achieve their goals. I feel sorry that for so many years there are no medals in rowing, it is noted that there is a back wave. Every profession requires dedication, labor, persistance, discipline, will to overcome yourself, set goals, and achieve them step by step. Let's hope that the old athletes will be an example for the young ones, who reminds them that everyone can, as long as he wants.</p> <p>The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv"</p> Study visit in Lisbon Youth Centre http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/159 <p>In connection with the project "Establishing a Youth Center in the City of Plovdiv" under BG06 "Children and Youth at Risk" programme, Component 1 - "Care for Youth at Risk", financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, the managing team and staff of the Youth Centre in Plovdiv visited the Lisbon Youth Centre in Portugal (Centro de Juventude de Lisboa) and attended the centre&rsquo;s official ceremony for receiving the Council of Europe "Quality Label". As а part of the ceremony, representatives of the programme&rsquo;s operator from Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, Youth Center in Plovdiv and Youth Centre in Vratsa participated in the conference "Youth in Democracy Construction". The conference consisted of brief summaries on the topic by representatives of the Portuguese Sports and Youth Institute, National Youth Council, National Federation of Youth Associations, European Youth Forum, the Ambassador of Portugal's Permanent Representation at the Council of Europe and a member of the Advisory Council and the Joint Council on Youth from the Council of Europe. During the study visit the participants got familiarized with the team and the work of the Lisbon Youth Centre, as well as the activities of non-governmental organizations housed in the same building, namely<em> AID Global</em> and <em>AJEC</em>.</p> <p>During the study visit a non-formal education training on topics related to intercultural education and human rights took place. Representatives of the two youth centers inBulgariaand Ministry of Education and Science exchanged ideas and good practices with colleagues from theLisbonYouthCenter, as well as with trainers working at the centre - Rita Sales from "Teatro do Elefante" and Jose Carlos from "Centro Social Paroquial de Cristo Rei".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Municipality of Plovdiv place a call: Vision of Youth Forum http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/257 <p><a href="http://news.plovdiv24.bg/603845.html"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://news.plovdiv24.bg/603845.html</span></a></p> Olympic champion Stoyanka Gruycheva: Life is movement and movement is life http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/643 <p><strong>- When did you start professional rowing?</strong></p> <p>- I stared training in the autumn of 1972, after the Olympic Games in &nbsp;Munich. My begining in sport was relatively late - when I was 17, already in high school. But rowing allows you to start training at a later stage. Several years later, I was admitted to the national team and then began rowing professionally.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the preparation for the Olympic Games?</strong></p> <p>- The preparation for each separate competition is individual and serious. European championships are every year and there is little rest from the training process. The Olympic Games are every 4 years and accordingly the efforts are greater. Preparation for them starts at least one year earlier. No matter the race's rank, you need a lot of workouts. In order to achieve high results, it trains much - both in time and quality.</p> <p>- <strong>You are the first Olympic medalist in rowing with Siika Kelbecheva. Is it difficult to work in a team?</strong></p> <p>- No, it's not difficult, as long as everyone in the tеам comply the other. The principle is only one - each one&nbsp; to&nbsp; be taken into consideration. We and Siika worked easily. Yet the goal justifies the means, and when the goal of the two is one - it shows that everything can be achieved.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the "burden" and responsibility of the medal?</strong></p> <p>- First, it brings satisfaction for the&nbsp; well-done job because the goal is justified. It also brings very positive emotions and this allows the rapid recovery of the body and the mind. The negative is felt only in years, and it is physical -&nbsp; the burdens from high and maximum physical efforts.</p> <p>- <strong>What is your message to the future generation?</strong></p> <p>- It all depends only on them - the young people. If children are more and more involved in physical activity, medals will come. Now everything is static and the movement is limited, but if the right habits in the sport are built, the results will not be late. My message is: life is movement and movement is life.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv"</p> Оpportunities for youth participation http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/164 <p>A meeting, tackling the issue of Youth Participation, was held on 23.06.2015 at the tower building in the Regatta Venue Park in Plovdiv. The event was attended by 40 students from different schools in Plovdiv, as well as young people from the Roma community in the city, aged between 15 and 19. Representatives of local student councils, youth organisations and pedagogical advisors from the above-listed schools also took part in the discussion. Georgi Titiykov, mayor of Central district, and Elisabet Hauge from Norway, a research expert in Agderforksning, were official guests of the meeting. Elisabet Hauge presented good examples and practices in the area of youth participation in Norway. Engaging the methods of non-formal education, the participants had the chance to discuss forms of youth participation on local level and suggest ways as to how young people can be actively involved in the decision making process.</p> Round Table on the topic “Vision of the Young people – let’s look in the same direction” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/258 Annie Uzunova: I have never been late for a workout or match http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/644 <p>-<strong> Why did you choose to practice volleyball?</strong></p> <p>- I am from a village - Koprivlen, Blagoevgrad district, where there were many nice sport playgrounds. We also had a teacher who was in charge of the sport. I started practicing basketball and athletics, but suddenly I found myself on the volleyball playground and since then until the end of my sport career, even until 5 years ago, it was only that - volleyball.</p> <p>- <strong>What qualities does the team play develops in a person?</strong></p> <p>- The team game builds discipline, order, accuracy - I have never been late for training or match. Most you learn is discipline and respect for your colleagues because it is a collective sport. It's hard to be in a team with another 15 different characters. The role of the coach is also important, who can also make the team members friends, to prevent any arguments or quarrels because that's how the whole team moves forward. I think it's harder to be in a team. In individual sports, if you are not able to overcome the challange, there is no one to help you. But in team play, if today is not your day and your colleagues play well enough, they can somehow compensate for your mistakes.</p> <p>-<strong> How to get an Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- The secret is hard work, but a lot of hard work and lots of trainings. Sometimes they are 3 times a day and you have to come in addition. But once you see that success is coming, you are getting better, the desire to reach the third, then the second and the first place becomes even bigger. And when you start to achieve them, you continue to train even more to earn even more. At the 1980 Olympics in Moscow we did not get to gold but bronze. But that has not demotivate us - we became European champions in Sofia next year. In order to get things done, you have to train nonstop.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the most memorable moment of your career?</strong></p> <p>- For me this is the European title in Sofia in 1981. My son was 6 years old, and the whole game he was on my father's shoulders. I looked at him from time to time and this gave me strength. And then we also played in front of our audience in Sofia. Half an hour after we won against the Russians&nbsp; I did not know where I was, the feeling is indescribable. I remember it like today.</p> <p>- <strong>What is your covenant to the young people?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>- Sport, sport, sport. The truth is in the sport. As soon as you start - fight until you get results.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv"&nbsp; belongs to Municipal Enetreprise&nbsp;Youth Center Plovdiv</p> Football tournament http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/165 <p>On July 23th 2015 at 09:00, within the project &ldquo;Establishing a youth centre in the city of Plovdiv&rdquo;, a football tournament for young people aged between 17 and 22 was held. During the game the two teams played in spirit of fair play. The &ldquo;green&rdquo; team won the tournament. The winning team received a ball, signed by Plovdiv famous football players.</p> <p>Mr. Petar Zehtinski &ndash; Botev Plovdiv football legend and current deputy mayor of &ldquo;Sport, youth activities and social policy&rdquo; &ndash; welcomed the players and wished them the best of luck.</p> Food, Music and Dance Festival in Kapana district http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/259 <p><a href="http://news.plovdiv24.bg/628659.html"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">http://news.plovdiv24.bg/628659.html</span></a></p> Vanya Gesheva for Labor, Stamina, and Faith in Victory! http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/645 <p>-<strong> When did your sports career start?</strong></p> <p>- It began in 1973 in the 5th grade of Sport School "Vasil Levski" with the first coach Nadezhda Vasileva.</p> <p>- <strong>What are the necessary and sufficient conditions to win Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- Work, persistance, following aims and extreme tenacity in pursuing success.</p> <p>- <strong>Throughout your sports career, you have many achievments. How is this good shape maintained?</strong></p> <p>- My success is due to my personal qualities, my great dedication to sports and to the good coaches I have worked with.&nbsp;</p> <p>- <strong>Did you have any special rituals before going to compete? How did you prepare before each race?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>- I have no special rituals. My good training has always given me confidence before the start of the races and I had with the thought of victory.</p> <p>- <strong>You are the first and only Bulgarian to win a full set of medals from one Olympic Games (in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea). For more than 30 years, this achievement has not been reached. What is it necessary for athletes today to be so successful?</strong></p> <p>- The same thing which we needed - a lot of hard work, persistance and faith in victory.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> Information campaign among young people http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/169 <p>Part of the &lsquo;Establishing a Youth Centre in the city of Plovdiv&rsquo; team carried out an information campaign among young people on the 4th of August 2015 at 9:30 hrs. The campaign aimed at reaching young people at the age of 15 year. Twelve participants, representing the FC Spartak Plovdiv, took part in the meeting. They were informed about the activities of the Plovdiv Youth Centre as well as the future services and programmes that centre will be providing for them. Each participant was given the opportunity to share his opinion on what other services and activities may be provided at the youth centre.&nbsp;</p> Round Table on the topic “ Vision for the youth – let’s look in the same direction” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/260 Gocho Vassilev: Football is like a theater - if there are good artists, there is audience http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/646 <p>- <strong>What was the moment when you realized you wanted to train football?</strong></p> <p>- My mother was a teacher, and she wanted me to become an engineer, a doctor a person with a serious profession. She told me that she did not want &nbsp;"empty heads" at&nbsp;home, but I was drawn to football and started training in high school, I was in the Pirin team, where I was also a top scorer of the Southwest Group B. Then I went to Lokomotiv Plovdiv We had a very good coach - Dimitar Grigorov, as well as an assistant coach - Panayot Tanev, who were very busy with us. I scored a goal in my first match for Lokomotiv. Thanks to my hard work I could find my place in the team. When my mother came to watch me in a game and saw the people holding me in the air on their hands, she told me she had been glad that I had not listen to her, and that I continued to train football. She wanted me to have a degree in higher education, so I graduated in Higher Sport Institute and Higher Institute for Phycical Activity "Georgi Dimitrov".</p> <p>- <strong>How does team play help build a one's personality?</strong></p> <p>- First of all, sport always teaches work, discipline, responsibility, being ethical and hardworking. And for the team - you need to work with the peole. As an example, the Ajax team in the 1960s, they were like a machine that was so well crafted and that is why they achieved a great success. The team needs to stick together and each one should get along with everyone- that is how big football is made. But it also takes a lot of work and a lot of running.</p> <p>- <strong>How long is the way to the Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- The road is very long. You have to be persistant and always to be in good shape together with your teammates. Otherwise, with laziness it does not happen. In sports, if you do not work, you will not succeed. It gives a lot, but you have to be smart and hardworking. Otherwise, you remain on an average level. You should also strive for the heights. At the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968, we had very good players, we had good leadership and great coaches, and so we succeeded. We could even get a gold medal, but in the unfortunate final match with the Hungarians, the judge put penalties on three people from our team. Still, when we took the silver medal, it was a great joy, and we all enjoyed it. Whenever you win, it's a joy.&nbsp;</p> <p>- <strong>Does the audience you are playing influence the game? What is the feeling of the Olympics?</strong></p> <p>- Some players are embarrassed by the audience. But it does not bother me, it has to be called. I had experience since the derby matches in Plovdiv. It does not act mentally, it even motivates me. And at the Olympics - the stadiums are great, the acoustics are good, and there is a lot of cries, a lot of emotion.</p> <p>- <strong>Which is the most memorable goal in your career?</strong></p> <p>- Every goal is nice and brings joy. Especially when it is on an international competition. I, for example, remember my goal against Juventus since it was at the 47th second since the begining.</p> <p>- <strong>Today football is one of the most popular sports in Bulgaria. But it is noticeable that no high results are achieved. What do today's players need to be motivated and want to win an Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- Now, looking at the stadium there are not so many people in the audience, and I feel sorry. And with us, it was different. Today's footballers must show greater skill, and efforts are needed for this and there will be more interest by the audience. I want to tell young people always to work for improving themselves, not to be mediocre. The audience wants to see masters,&nbsp; to see dynamics, interesting situations. Football is like a theater - when there are good artists, there is numerous audiences. Whoever plays the role well gets the applauds, and who does not - it's cheering.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> August 12 - International Youth Day http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/175 <p style="text-align: justify;">Today, 12th of August 2015, the &lsquo;Establishing Youth Centre in the city Plovdiv&rsquo; team held an event to mark 12th of August &ndash; the International Youth Day. Georgi Titjukov &ndash; mayor of Central District &ndash; was the official guest at the event. He greeted the youth centre team and all participants in the event. The Zumba dance club &ndash; led by its trainer Nataliya Boteva &ndash; took part in the celebration. Young people, guests and visitors joined the dances under the rhythms of Zumba.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In order to commemorate the International Youth Day the youth workers and Roma mediators have prepared a special programme with a number of interactive games, quizzes, a photo booth and a specialised info-stand, where young people could learn more about the activities of the youth centre. The winners, of course, received special gifts. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Improvement of the communication between the youth organizations and local authorities http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/261 Peter Lesov: After my first race, I decided I did not get to boxing! http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/647 <p>- <strong>Why did you recognize boxing as a sport for you?</strong></p> <p>- The boxing began to develop in the town of Rakovski in 1972 under the leadership of Lyuben Gadzhev. Two of my cousins, Peter and Jordan Lesos, also trained. I was a little wild and the coach chased me for 2 years until I started with boxing. My first race was in Plovdiv and I have been a boxer for only a month. I lost 2 to 3 from my rival. And then I decided to give up and stopped going to workouts. Then the coach came to me and told me that I was chosen to compete for the Republican medal. When I heard about a medal, I started to work hard but without informing my parents. Maybe I was boxing for 5-6 month boxer when I took part in my first Republican Championship in 1974 and became a champion. I was awarded with the trophy for "The most fighting competitor". Then they printed photos in the newspaper. From there my parents learned about boxing.&nbsp; Since then, when I had difficult times when I wanted to give up, they were people who encouraged me to continue playing.</p> <p>- <strong>You have won an Olympic medal when you were less than 20 years old, which makes you the youngest Bulgarian with such an award. How did you achieve it?</strong></p> <p>- This has to be experienced. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of hunger to keep 51 kilos. Most people think that it's hard to fight on the ring, but it's not as scary as weight maintenance. After I became a world champion, I have played in many tournaments. For two years I have no losts either in Bulgaria or abroad. People were even then seeing the medalist in me. At the World Cup I was in the best shape and I played with a European and world champion from Poland. I won. And I do not know what happened to Strandzha tournament - I had one opponent Dinko Vasilev. I lost then, and he won all three boxing mathces with knockout, and at that moment the terrible competition between us started. However he did not want to compete with me. It was good for us that we both were from CSKA. There were judges who then let us play with a player from&nbsp;Cuba. I beat him and Dinko lost. Then I beated him in sparring and there was no other way - it was decided. That was the start of my successful career - the World Championship, and at the Olympics I justified the expectations toward me.</p> <p>- <strong>Do you remember the feeling of that time?</strong></p> <p>- Again I say - it has to be experienced, to be felt. You have no idea what is happening. Imagine the way the people meet you, how they enjoy themselves. Back then there was no money or prize, and the most important was the love of the people. Boxing was a popular sport. When I came here in Plovdiv, I could not take two steps on the main street without someone stopping me.The respect of the people gave me great pleasure.&nbsp;</p> <p>-<strong> What responsibilities does the medal brings?</strong></p> <p>- After the medal you are afraid of losing, which also made me more ambitious - it made me train more and I did it. Immediately afterwards I became a European champion - 3 times in a row without any problem. Afterwards it's the world championship for men, but I did not won this because in Rakovski we played amateur football and I was badly injured. I missed a whole month that I could not train and get on my feet. I was then captain of the national team and did not want to participate in the European championship because I did not feel prepared. But Ivaylo Marinov said that if I do not play and he would also not be on the ring. So I was forced to go and lost for the first time in the first match. But after that I became European champion and took the Cup "Strandja". Just no one could beat me. But unfortunately I got hepatitis and stopped my career. I was at the age of 24. They offered me to be a coach for CSKA and the national team and so began with coaching.</p> <p>-<strong> What's the difference between being a racer and being a boxing coach? Do they have any similarities?</strong></p> <p>- The first is that as a competitor you have your own responsibility and as a coach it's much harder. You are working&nbsp; to prepare your competitor. Many people tell me that I have very big requirements. Maybe because I achieved successes, I want everyone to be like me. Tension is much greater when you are a coach.</p> <p>- <strong>What are the most important things young athletes have to follow in order to achieve high honors and secure success?</strong></p> <p>- If you want to be successful, you are restricted from other things, but it's worth it. Future and current athletes: hang in there, take sport seriousy so that you also achieve Olympic medals.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> Representatives of the National Youth Forum visit the Plovdiv Youth Centre http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/176 <p style="text-align: justify;">On the 09th of October, part of the Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people, representing the National Youth Forum in Bulgaria (NYF) as well as representatives of other organisations in Bulgaria, working in the youth sector. The meeting was initiated by the NYF was held at the Regatta Venue in Plovdiv.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After a short tour around the newly constructed building of the Youth Centre and a presentation about the activities and services offered by the centre, the participants had the chance not only to ask questions about the work of the youth centre, but also to take part and experience a brief &lsquo;game&rsquo;, which gave them a feel of the non-formal methodology.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <pre> <br /><br /></pre> <p>&nbsp;</p> A poetry reading was conducted in the library of the new Youth center http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/262 Nikolay Buhalov: The formula for success in life is to do things with love http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/648 <p>- <strong>Where did everything start? How did you began rowing?</strong></p> <p>- It was by chance. Since I was very young I loved to play, to sport. I had good physical shape and I started training wrestling. But after a few trainings I realized it was not for me. My first coach, Georgi Uchkunov, was on a selective tour. He suggested to 3 boys of our class to attend the entrance exams at the sports school, but only I went. Even in the beginning, I had no idea what the canoe-kayak was. But I have always loved the water because the village where I grew up in is near the Stryama river and part of my time was playing games. And when I realized that the canoe-kayak was connected to the water, I liked it and this dragged me in. Perhaps fate has chosen me, and I have been purposeful and I have been looking to do things in the best way and to the end.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the way to Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- In my time, things were more like a game. I have never loved to beat and maybe that's one of the things that led me to success. In principle, as a person I am very good and compassionate, but in the sport it is not so - it hurts me if someone defeat me. A great influence on me was that I started training in 1980, when Lubomir Lyubenov was already an Olympic champion and he was my idol. A role model, we all wanted to be like him - perhaps me more than others. That's how it all started - the first medal came from the Republican Junior Championship. The first European championship came. And despite the fact that I was 3 years younger than the other athletes, I qualified for the final and I was 9th. Then at the first World Junior Championship I became third, I went to the men and I was ranked third. There have always been good situations for me, but the gold medal has slipped. Even in 1986 I could become a world champion, but it did not work.</p> <p>-<strong> Why is this diversion with the gold medal?</strong></p> <p>- I did not have enough experience, the weather conditions were very bad - I was a right rower and the wind was left. If it was quiet or with a favourable wind ... But it was not known how my career would develop if I had win at such an early age. I have also seen this as a coach - you are thinking you are great and this reflects negatively on your career. After this I went second, and then I was disqualified. Even they invented new rules in the canoe for me - to ride in the middle of the corridor. In 1988 I became third. Then I did not drive in my master discipline for one reason or another, but I do not want to go back so much as I competed at 1000 meters. I reached the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 - my first honors, which was straight to the point. Thanks to this I became so famous. The Olympic prize remains, it is remembered, and especially that mine were two. There fate helped me, it gave&nbsp; to me everything I had not done before.</p> <p>- <strong>What remains hidden for society when winning a medal?</strong></p> <p>- What you need is to do what you like. I like the canoe kayak. Sometimes it was so difficult for me that I could cry. But I did it with love. And I think this is the formula for success in life - one should not think of what is deprived, what he loses, but to do what he likes. Then things are easier and achievable. For me, sport has always been a hobby, not a profession, because I have not pursued the material. I am grateful and happy that I have had the opportunity to get to the place that is right for me.</p> <p>- <strong>You are the only Bulgarian with two gold medals from one Olympic Game. So far, no one has improved this achievement. How do you think young athletes should be motivated to achieve such high results?</strong></p> <p>- Everything is possible, there is nothing impossible. If we achieved it, others can also. When an athlete starts, it seems impossible. But on the way to the big win, every victory is important. If one begins to settle for the losses, this person settles for this that he/she would not reaching the highest place. Everything is step-by-step, persistence. Even when a person loses, they have to analyze themselves. Any loss can lead to great success when you withdraw the right conclusions.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv"&nbsp; and are preserved.</p> Sadovo and Suedinenie http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/182 <p>Between 6<sup>th</sup> and 14<sup>th</sup> October part of the team of youth workers and Roma mediators working in Youth Centre Plovdiv visited Sadovo and Saedinenie. They conducted a non-formal educational activity with young people. The activity in Sadovo was about ways of managing aggressive behavior.&nbsp; In Saedinenie the topic of the non-formal educational activity was &ldquo;The right to express my opinion&rdquo;.</p> ‘Stefan Karadja’ School was awarded gold medal http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/263 Asen Zlatev: To succeed in sports, you need perseverance! Can not without a psyche! http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/649 <p>-<strong> What provokes you to get started professionally with weight lifting?</strong></p> <p>- By accident I came to the Sports School and I just went into the weightlifting group. Here, however, students struggled for high scores. The very preparation from this place brought me to a professional level. I just got to the best in the world. It was a great luck and a great chance for me. It was a pleasure to work with these people.</p> <p>- <strong>Is it harder to win an Olympic medal than another competition?</strong></p> <p>- Everyone is better prepared for the Olympics, but maybe it's harder. This is because the Olympic Games are on every four years and are more rare than the other competitions. Also, the tension is getting worse for all participants. But because of these the Olympic medals are so valuable.</p> <p>- <strong>And how did you handle the tension?</strong></p> <p>- I did not do much - Lord gave me a very good and helpful psyche. I'm just lucky in this regard.</p> <p>- <strong>How much training is physical and how much psychological?</strong></p> <p>- Physical training is more practiced. Little is known about the psychic and therefore there is less emphasis on it. Otherwise, it should be as much physical preparation as mental training. There are basically three types of preparation - physical as technical-methodical, psychological - of consciousness, and the other is nutrition and recovery. These three things for the athlete are inevitable. In human life there is no physics without a psychic and psychic without physics. One is combined with the other and only then can we achieve a positive result.</p> <p>- <strong>You have a lot of honors during your career. What is the secret always to maintain such a high level?</strong></p> <p>- The answer is very simple - persistence. Persistence in the broadest sense of the word - must be applied to everything we do. Everyday!</p> <p>- <strong>You become an Olympic medalist at the age of 20. What advice would you give to future athletes?</strong></p> <p>- It is not necessarily every person at the age of 20 to become an Olympic medalist. This is not happening for a day- it should start as early as possible. It took me 9 years. I do not know how to motivate young people. We live in different worlds and do not know if my advice will be adequate to their world. It was quite different for us, the dimensions are different. Otherwise, young people for me are the people of the future and we need to learn more from them than they are from us.</p> <p>- <strong>What is your covenant message to them?</strong></p> <p>- Sport is a miracle! What can be done with sport can not be done in any other way - even through work. Labor is irreplaceable. Work is irreplacable. It created the human being and will remain with him while he is. But withwork and with all the other activities, you have to do things in a certain way because you know it will happen only that. You are just guided by the result. And in sports you can choose the end result and the way you want to achieve it. Just like a sculpture that you can shape in the time you want, and in a way you choose yourself. At the same time, you combine what you want and what is useful for you.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> Opening http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/184 <pre>On 11.19.2015 Youth Centre Plovdiv was officially opened. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Krassen Kralev, Mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev , deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov, the Regional Governor Zdravko Dimitrov, chairman of the regional council Savina Petkova, Ambassador of Norway HE Gyuru Catherine Vikyor, Ivan Modev, from the Ministry of Education and Science, municipal councillors and numerous other official guests.<br /><br />A special program was prepared for the guests - performances by folklore school dances " Ludi MLADI " ; Valentina and Atanas Shopovi - Duo " Rodopsko nastroenie" ; Sports club " Aerobics - AMD" ; Club for modern dance "Siana Dance" at the Municipal Children Complex and pop Studio Prima, headed by Theodora Taleva.<br /><br />After the opening ceremony, guests had the opportunity to tour the center.</pre> Press conference and round table on the project "Establishing a Youth Centre in the city of Plovdiv" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/296 <p>https://www.plovdiv24.bg/novini/plovdiv/Krugla-masa-obsudi-rolyata-na-Mladezhkiya-centur-v-zhivota-na-obshtnostta-649720</p> The two-fold Olympic medalist Ginka Gyurova: Without will and sports spite nothing can be achieved http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/650 <p><strong>- Why did you decide to practice rowing?</strong></p> <p>- I liked and practiced athletics. When I applied to school in Plovdiv, Mrs. Milka Kuleva came to the vocational school where I was studying and motivated me to start racing. Thanks to her persistence, I continued to practice this sport.</p> <p>-<strong> Then how did you reach the Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- With lots of hard work and stubbornness. Continuous control meetings were held, thanks to which we succeeded. The training was very heavy, but we had the ambition to realize and present ourselves on high level. Perhaps the sport spirit led us so that we can qualify ahead. This has also helped us to make teams of boats to represent ourselves worthy of the world championships and the Olympic Games.</p> <p><strong>- What qualities should an athlete have to win an Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- Essentially, they need to have sport will, motivation for sport, sport malice, and a desire for realization. And a lot of hard work.</p> <p>- <strong>Is it any different to win an Olympic medal than any other race?</strong></p> <p>- It's very different. At the Olympic Games you see people you can not see in any other place. While at the World Cup, each team's is housed separately in the Olympic town, absolutely all teams of different sports are in one place. You see sporting glory and you experience the ranking of all athletes. I remember that in the morning a general meeting was held, where representatives of Bulgaria took note of the performance of our athletes, they were celebrating the Olympic medalists and winners. It also had an effect on us. At the same time, the excitement was very great. Especially in Mont Real, which was our first Olympic Game. Maybe that excitement played a bad joke and we did not win the gold medal from rewinding.</p> <p>- <strong>How do you achieve synchronization in the team?</strong></p> <p>- To make a big boat is much more complicated than a small boat because it consists of 4 people. And we were four completely different personalities. You must mach your personalities, then fit the technique of rowing - synchronization is very important. We all - and all four - have to race like one, and this is achieved with a lot of workouts and a lot of work. But in spite of everything, we succeeded.</p> <p>- You have competed in both - boats of the pair and the four. Is there a difference?</p> <p>- There is a difference. The partner with whom you will be is extremely important. After the Olympics in Montreal in 1976, Liliana, with whom we rowed, married. With her we had matched and we had manage to achieve common rowing technique. Then I competed with a girl from Levski and her mentality was a liitle bit more fragile than the mentality of a competitor should be, and that may prevented us from doing a good job.We did better at regattas and training, than at the World Championship. She just could not accept the fact that we could become the first or second one. I will not forget one of the world championship competitions - we were one of the biggest regattas, we were ahead of the Germans and she suddenly stopped. She could not imagine that we had beat them because they were invincible. To be a contestant is very important to have a stable mentality .</p> <p>- <strong>What is your message to young people?</strong></p> <p>- Sport requires a lot of work, lots of deprivation, but it also gives motivation to life development. Sport teaches us to lot of hard work, fighting, overcoming all the difficulties that appear to you in life. It also builds the mind, a sense of self-preservation and development. I'm just asking them to go back to sports fields, even if they do not become big athletes - at least to be able to create a drive for victory. This will help them a lot in life.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> Meeting with youth from Sadovo http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/186 <pre>To commemorate the International Human Rights Day - 10th of December - part of the Youth Centre Plovdiv organised a special meeting, followed by a non-formal educational activity, with young people from the town of Sadovo. After a short tour around the newly constructed building of the Youth Centre and familiarising them with the activities and services offered at the centre, the participants took part in an interactive non-formal training session dedicated to Human Rights and the UDHR.</pre> Ninth International Meeting on tourism http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/413 <p style="text-align: justify;">Ninth International Meeting on Tourism is held in Plovdiv between October 4th and 7th. Part of the program included a visit to Youth Center Plovdiv, during which over 50 Bulgarian and international tour operators visited the multifunctional sports complex, the accommodation area, the halls and the administrative part of the center. The tour continued with a walk tour around the Regatta Venue and a walk with the newest attraction for city visitors - Dragon Boats.</p> Stoyan Gunchev: Young people need to be more brave and self-confident http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/651 <p>- <strong>What brought you to the first volleyball training?</strong></p> <p>-&nbsp; I was taken to my first volleyball training by assistant Pascal Paskalev. He came to my school, made tests related to athletic disciplines, and invited me to an exam at the sport school. In 1969 and 1970, they organized a group of high-level training. Now I know there is no such thing. During this training we were prepared for many disciplines such as athletics, gymnastics and others. During our first year we specialized, and I definitely got involved in the volleyball group. That's what brought me to volleyball - a purposeful selection.</p> <p>- <strong>What are the advantages and disadvantages of the team game?</strong></p> <p>- The advantage of team play is that it is basically a model of life. The disadvantage is that it does not make you independent. Autonomous - yes, but not self-sufficient. The game disciplines you, teaches you to act correctly with colleagues.</p> <p>- <strong>How is the emotion of winning an Olympic medal different from any other?</strong></p> <p>- The difference is enormous, as the Olympic Games are every four years and there are people from all sports from all over the world - the best examples. Contacts during the Olympics remain a memory in your for life time. There is no other such event. Other competitions are definitely more specific, as they are, for example, only for volleyball players.</p> <p>- <strong>Can we say that it is the top of your career - to participate in the Olympic Games?</strong></p> <p>- I myself, am more ambitious than the Coubertin's motto "Participate." But it is not the only thing, to play and to win is something very great and I think that for an athlete the Olympics is a supreme achievement. I do not underestimate the World and European championships, but the emotion is different.</p> <p>-<strong> Competitor or coach - which role do you like?</strong></p> <p>- If I was young - surely a competitor. Now I tell the children playing volleyball that if I were their age, I would have taken the libero position. At least I will not be changed because at the moment the competition for this position is not big. And if I have the opportunity to manifest myself now, I would become a coach. This is a completely different thing. Coaching is related to leadership skills, physiological compliance, workout arrangements, psychological impact on the contestants in a positive direction, and a number of similar things. Because of this and now at this age, I would become a coach.</p> <p>-<strong> What is your covenant to young people? How would you motivate them?</strong></p> <p>Covenant sounds very pretentious. But I would tell them to be more brave. To have a realistic self-esteem that does not hinder them. The only advice I can give them and tell them is to be more humble in sports.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> Meeting with young people on the topic: "The connection between young people and local authorities" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/193 <p>A meeting between members of the team of the youth center, representatives of Municipal directorate "Sports and youth activities", the "Youth Forum for partnership with local authorities" and other youth organizations was held on 14.12.2015 in the building of Youth Centre Plovdiv.</p> <p>Mr. Georgi Tityukov &ndash; Deputy Mayor of &ldquo;Sports, youth activities and social policy&rdquo; was an official guest of the event. The youth workers presented the activities and services of the centre, aimed at young people aged between 15 and 29. A call for logo "Visual identity of the Youth forum for partnership with the local authorities" was announced. &nbsp;Mr. Tityukov presented the contest "Best Young Entrepreneur" and the conditions for participation in it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> How to be successful digital ninjas with Justin Toms http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/421 <p>On 25.11.2017 (Saturday) in the Youth Center Plovdiv&nbsp; hosted&nbsp; free seminar - discussion on &ldquo;How to be successful digital ninjas with Justin Toms&rdquo;. We were looking for the answers to questions like: What skills are needed to be successful? How to be digital ninjas and what will this bring us? How we develop our own ideas and find supporters and support online? What are the main channels for serious communication and insights into our success online? This event was aimed at young people but also open to anyone wishing to gain knowledge about successful online communication.</p> Absolute record holder in the shooting Petar Zapryanov: Sport made me a man http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/652 <p><strong>- Why did you choose to practice sport shooting?</strong></p> <p>- I grew up with weapons - my grandfather was a hunter. It was a pleasure to interact with the weapons. My patriotic motivation must also be taken into account - to prepare myself properly for the protection of the Fatherland. That's why I chose shooting - it was just the sport I dreamed of since first grade. I managed to get into the sports school and started training.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the "burden" and responsibility of the medal?</strong></p> <p>- When a Bulgarian becomes famous, he becomes the face of the nation. He must take this into account and always act properly, responsibly, and in no case to discredit themselves. The responsibility of the medal is great. It obliges you much.</p> <p>-<strong> In 1981 you put an absolute record in your discipline - 600 out of 600 possible points. How is an excellent shape achieved in order to achieve excellent results?</strong></p> <p>- One year after the Olympic Games I set a record - 600 of the 600 possible in my discipline. I was getting ready for the Balkaniad in Sofia. I managed to achieve this result on a corridor that was central to the door. Then I was a regular student - I went to lectures and training. I just had accumulated training from the previous year. But in general, who has been in the great sport knows that, in order to achieve results you want, you have to overcome yourself. This means you have to bet on your instinct and preparation and wherever you can get something positive. That's how I achieved 600 out of 600. After a few years the targets were changed - they made them with smaller tens, but the last record was mine. It's still mine. Now this discipline is recorded differently. That's why there's a new record count, but they have not improved mine yet.</p> <p><strong>- Does sport help in life?</strong></p> <p>- Sport always helps in life. It was&nbsp; exactly the sport that made me a man. If it was not the sport, I do not know what I would be. Probably an engineer. I was still going to achieve something in my life, but I'm grateful to the sport for everything I've achieved.</p> <p>- <strong>How would you motivate future athletes?</strong></p> <p>- The motivation for me was to be the best - not in the world but in Bulgaria. I reached this at the age of 19 and I maintained it for 13-14 years. I went through 4 Olympic cycles. Therefore, young people must necessarily want to be the best - at least in Bulgaria, and then to compete with the best of other countries who have the same motivation. Especially in our sport is like that in one competition participate at least half of the participants and they can become first. It's not like the other sports, two or three are the best, and finally the question is what medal they will take. In our sport everyone can become a champion. And if there are bad meteorological conditions - then the good ones are first. When everything is fine - there is no wind, no sun, no haze, the target is visible, you do not know who will win. It could win both a young man and a mature man. Bad weather separates men from children.</p> <p>*The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> An informational meeting with young people from football club “Spartak” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/195 <p>An informational meeting with young people from football club &ldquo;Spartak&rdquo; was held on 18.01.2016 in the building of Youth centre Plovdiv. The purpose of the meeting was to familiarize the participants with the activities in the youth centre as well as to attract them to take part in the clubs and non-formal educations.</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv second anniversary http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/423 <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">The second anniversary of the official Youth Centre Plovdiv opening was celebrated with the participation of young people from Hissarya, Pazardzhik, Leo Club Plovdiv, the Olympic medalists of the city as well as partner organizations from the country!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">The current event was with charity purpose, and it should motivate us to be more generous each day.</span><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">The cause we support is called &ndash; Brighter tomorrow for Georgi. Georgi is 23 years old young man, that suffers from brain cancer. He needs treatment and medical care in Turkey. Everyone who wants to participate and help can do so by bank payment to the following bank account UniCredit Bulbank IBAN: BG89UNCR70001523096639 Georgi Angelov Hristozov (Георги Ангелов Христозов).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> Olympic medalist in weightlifting Rumen Aleksandrov: In life success depends on family http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/653 <p><strong>- Why did you choose to practice weightlifting?</strong></p> <p>- In 1971, I applied for the sports school and hoped to start with athletics. But I did not have enough height - I was 1.38 meters, and then the requirements were at least 1.50 meters. However, at the exams I had passed successfully, I was noticed by the weightlifting trainer Gancho Karushkov. He told me to apply with bars. So I did.</p> <p>- <strong>Is it harder to win an Olympic medal than another medal?</strong></p> <p>- It's not harder, but it's more important because the Olympics are once every four years and this is the biggest competition in the sports career. The world championships, as well as the European ones, are every year.&nbsp;</p> <p>- <strong>What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a competitor or a coach?</strong></p> <p>- The advantage of being a competitor is that you only answer for yourself. To be a coach you must be both a psychologist and a parent - so you can answer for more people.</p> <p>- <strong>To what extend is the preparation physical and to what psychological?</strong></p> <p>- Both are very important things. People are different - it depends on the person. You can do a lot with a psyche. There are many examples of people who are not talented, but when they put one thing in their mind for a task and that's enough. Physical training is also very important because if you have any restrictions in your movement or injuries the things can not happen. So the two types of training go side by side.</p> <p>- <strong>How would you inspire future athletes and what are the qualities necessary for a safe success?</strong></p> <p>- Qualities are many. And how to inspire them? You need a goal. In life success depends on family, the close people who can direct you from an early age. As with us - we entered sport school at the age of 11. So by this time there must be some guidance. Under no circumstances it should be at all costs. I mean, if the parents were athletes, it does not mean that the children should be. But sport is a nice engagement.</p> <p>&nbsp;* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> On the 19th of January 2016, part of the Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/197 <pre>On the 19th of January 2016, part of the Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people from the local School of Sports. The young champions were familiarised with the programmes and activities of the centre as well as the forthcoming clubs schedule. All participants had the chance to participate in a brief non-formal educational activity and to share his/her interests and opinion on what s/he wants the centre to look like. </pre> PTPI charity workshop http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/424 <p><span>On 25.11.2017 (Saturday) Young people from PTPI&nbsp;&nbsp;(People to People International) gathered to draw cards and other small souvenirs which are for Christmas initiatives in Kapana in December. The money that will be collected will donate to charity.</span></p> Ivan Mihaylov: The box attracted me after watching a movie http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/654 <p><strong>- Tell us how did your sport career start?</strong></p> <p>- I started training in the town of Sliven in 1961. Then I entered the barracks and I became champion twice in the team tournament. Later, I came to the team of Lokomotiv Plovdiv, where I became a Bulgarian champion three times, followed by the European Championship in 1967, where I participated for the first time in such a great competition and I did not expect to qualify, but actually I won a bronze medal. In 1968, I also won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Mexico.</p> <p>- <strong>Why did you choose boxing?</strong></p> <p>- My wish has always been to practice boxing and at the time only this has attracted me as a sport. Then I watched a movie, "Heavy Gloves," and I liked the main role of a boxer.</p> <p>- <strong>What did you learn from boxing? What qualities did you develop?</strong></p> <p>- Many things. But what is most important is discipline.</p> <p>- <strong>How does the preparation for a competition go?</strong></p> <p>- We were constantly in camps. When one camp ended, they let us rest for 4 days and then back to camp. After each of them we had competitions - most of them international. And I think this training helped me to perform well. Maybe that's why I was so long part of the national team.</p> <p>- <strong>And what about the Olympic Game?</strong></p> <p>- The preparation was very good and we knew what we were preparing for. It does not matter whether you go to a competition, the Olympic Games, or just to a camp - you have to perform well. And we have to present Bulgaria perfectly! It was difficult, but we were always motivated.</p> <p>-<strong> After your sports career ended, you become a coach. What did&nbsp; attaract you to coaching?</strong></p> <p>- There was nowhere else to go. I had to be a coach. What I had to do was to be a coach.</p> <p><strong>- How do you motivate young people to achieve high scores?</strong></p> <p>- I trained many guys and they were all good. I had a lot of champions, as well as the 2 nd and 3 rd places. What I always taught them was discipline. The most important thing&nbsp;to go up is having discipline . Without it nothing will happen. It is the only way to motivate yourself to win.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> An informational meeting with young people from school “Vasil Levski” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/199 <p>An informational meeting with young people from school &ldquo;Vasil Levski&rdquo; was held on 19.01.2016 in the building of Youth centre Plovdiv. The purpose of the meeting was to familiarize the participants with the activities in the youth centre as well as to attract them to take part in the clubs and non-formal educations.</p> Magdalena Georgieva: In my entire career, I did not have a year without a medal http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/655 <p>-<strong>Tell us about your first steps in the sport.</strong></p> <p>-Before practicing at the sports school I trained basketball in the village of Brestovitsa for 2 years. I took part in the entrance exam with the desire to play basketball, but there was no class starting from the 8th grade. I presented myself well and I had two options - athletics or rowing. I chose the rowing. Perhaps for&nbsp; this choice also helped me the fact that at that time Vania Gesheva (who is also from Brestovitsa. She was already a Republican champion. This may have also motivated me to choose the water sport in front of athletics. This happened in 1976, and my life has since passed with rowing.</p> <p>- <strong>You are the first Bulgarian world champion of the skiff. What is the feeling of being first?</strong></p> <p>- Being first in any sport of big competitions is unique. Skiff is a heavy discipline - it is different from collective boats. When you win the right to compete on a single boat, it is a great responsibility, as well as recognition of the work done and the results achieved. 1987 was very "strong" for the entire national team. I became a world champion, but we had two more championship titles and one third place.</p> <p>-<strong> And then the Olympic Games. What is the emotion to win an Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- Anyone who participated in the Olympics will say that the emotion of being in such a place is unique. They have nothing to do with other sports forums around the world. From the arrival in the Olympic village to the closing ceremony - it's all unforgettable. The competition itself is not much different than the rest, but the atmosphere makes you feel different. When you compete and achieve success, you are happy. The feeling of satisfaction comes later, not the race itself. At the moment I was pleased to have achieved a good result, but the real emotion came when we returned to Bulgaria. When you are surrounded by loved ones, friends and even strangers who enjoy you, then you understand that you have succeeded.</p> <p>- <strong>Which is the hardest time during a race?</strong></p> <p>- The race is not difficult. There I go to show how good I am. There is nothing more difficult than the training process. The race shows whether I have trained well, whether it was enough and how much I have been motivated. Competition has never scared me. I know that what I am capable of I will do it. It is a different thing what the others will do and how prepared I am. I'm giving everything, and what I'm doing right now is my top score. I do not regret. I can only draw conclusions.</p> <p>- <strong>So, do you need mental training?</strong></p> <p>- Yes. Psychological training is extremely important, both in the preparation process and during the competition itself. In my opinion, the work of the psychologist with the contestants in the preparatory part would help them a lot to deal with the tension before and during the start.</p> <p>- <strong>What does sport give to a person? Why should someone train professionally?</strong></p> <p>- I had a long and successful career and I can say I owe everything to sport. I can not be dissatisfied by the fact that all these years I have always been among the medalists. In practice, in my ten-year sport career I have no year without a medal. Rowing is an amateur sport and training professionally means giving all your energy both in preparation and during a race. You need to be committed to achieving even higher results. What sport offers to young people is a field of expression and many different possibilities. The discipline and the ability to mobilize in difficult moments are qualities that would give a good chance of realization in other spheres after the end of the sport career.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/201 <pre><br />On the 20th of January 2016, part of the Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people from the local School of Sports. The young champions were familiarised with the programmes and activities of the centre as well as the forthcoming clubs schedule. All participants had the chance to participate in a brief non-formal educational activity and to share his/her interests and opinion on what s/he wants the centre to look like. After the NFE activity, they had some fun and a non-formal practice by playing on the snow-carpet football field. </pre> The Youth center in Plovdiv won first prize in the national competition "Building of the Year Bulgaria 2015" in the category "Buildings of social importance" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/455 Olympic medalist Blagovest Stoyanov: I failed with athletics and I was transferred to canoe-kayak http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/656 <p>- <strong>Tell us about your story with canoe. How did it all begin?</strong></p> <p>- My story is slightly different, because I was involved in athletics as a child, and for the sports school I was directing to, I applied for this. But it did not happen to me and they transferred me to the kayak. At that moment, I had no idea what that sport was like. I started training, I liked it and things developed in a favorable way.</p> <p>- T<strong>hen how did you reach the Olympic Games?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;- Very hard. With lots of work and deprivation. We were constantly in camps - there was no time for social life, for friends, for family. You are preparing only for the competitions and trying to be in good shape. Competitions are the most important, everything else is in the background, and this is quite difficult.</p> <p>- <strong>How do you always motivate yorself so that the competition comes first?</strong></p> <p>- When you pursue a goal, you have to be motivated. If you are not motivated, you can not reach it.</p> <p>- <strong>Is it harder to win an Olympic medal than another medal?</strong></p> <p>- It is very hard to win a medal at a world championship, but the Olympics is a huge forum - everything is very different, the motivation too. This does not mean that at the world championship you no motivation, but an event that happens once in four years and which is promoted worldwide, the responsibility is greater and with your participation you take a huge responsibility. You strive to achieve your goal.</p> <p>-<strong> Does the medal bear responsibility?</strong></p> <p>- Yes, the responsibility after a competition is quite large, because you have to defend what you have achieved. You do not have to relax at all. It is hard.</p> <p>- <strong>How do you handle having such a great responsibility?</strong></p> <p>- Over the years, you learn how to keep your psychic well. With each competition you are getting better and better. And even the body gets used to it.</p> <p>- <strong>Which is the most memorable moment of your career?</strong></p> <p>- Winning the Olympic medal. Emotion can not be expressed. It must be experienced. At first you do not know what happened, and with every next moment you know what you have actually achieved. Experience is unique.</p> <p>- <strong>What did sport give you and how would you motivate young athletes today?</strong></p> <p>- First, sport made me very responsible. I am accustomed of bearing responsibilities - when I start with one thing, I have to do it. Let the young people believe more in themselves. They should be more responsible and strive for the things they get together to make them all the way and not give up by the emotions.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people from the local School of Sports http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/203 <pre>On the 20th of January 2016, part of the Plovdiv Youth Centre Team met with young people from the local School of Sports. The young champions were familiarised with the programmes and activities of the centre as well as the forthcoming clubs schedule. All participants had the chance to participate in a brief non-formal educational activity and to share his/her interests and opinion on what s/he wants the centre to look like. </pre> August 12th - International Youth Day http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/456 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">On the 17th of December 1999 with a resolution of the UN General Assembly, as proposed by the World Conference of Youth Ministers, the 12th of August is declared as the International Youth Day. The UN General Assembly recommends public events and initiatives to be organised on that day in order to raise the public awareness towards the importance of the 2000 World youth initiatives and programmes.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The international youth day is celebrated for the first time in Bulgaria in 2007. It provides numerous opportunities for young people to develop their skills and potential; it is a day when their achievements are celebrated and praised; it gives opportunities to young people to be actively involved in the life of the society. Furthermore, this day provides unique chances for young people to participate in the decision-making processes on local, national and international level.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The 12th of August strongly emphasises on raising the public awareness towards the challenges young people face today. This is being done through information campaigns, public dialogue and focusing on the variety of young people's skills, interests desires.</p> Anna Bakova: Sport teaches me how to fight life http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/657 <p><strong>- Do you remember when you started rowing professionally?</strong></p> <p>- I started rowing professionally as a young girl. After the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976, they took me to the national team. There followed a number of camps and my first World Championship in which I took part was in 1977 in Amsterdam.</p> <p>- <strong>You have participated in both double and quadruple scull? How is the synchron in the team achieved?</strong></p> <p>- Yes, I have participated in a world championship of a double scull and most of the time I have been part of a quadruple scull, and I have completed a whole Olympic cycle (until the 1980 Olympics). First of all - we have four people in the team, with the boatman - 5. These are four different characters, four wild women, each with their own vision, with their pretention and whims. Synchron is achieved above all with tremendous work, discipline and great ambitions, and yet with a sense of understanding. There can be no winning by the team without understanding.</p> <p>- <strong>What are the necessary conditions and qualities to win the Olympic medal?</strong></p> <p>- In order to win an Olympic medal, the conditions for good preparation must first be met. It requires the peace of every athlete so that the best can be given. There must be mutual trust in the team, and with the coach. There must be a goal. It takes a lot of work and persistence. I would add also devotion.</p> <p>-<strong> You have a full set of medals from your five World Cup tournaments. At what cost were they earn?</strong></p> <p>- Above all, much work and discipline. Also, a lot of deprivations reflecting on relatives, family.</p> <p>- <strong>What did the sport give you? What would you advise young athletes who want to do professional rowing?</strong></p> <p>- The sport gave me a lot. First - discipline, second - the orientation in understanding people, life, to know the difficulties and overcome them. It teaches me to struggle with life, with what I have set as a goal. And, above all, rowing taught me to love sport, because sport builds the person.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> The main values and principles of education http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/206 <p>A non formal educational activity with students form private school &ldquo;Drujba&rdquo; was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv on January 22<sup>nd</sup> (Friday) 2016. The activity is a part of a three month educational module.&nbsp; The aim of the current meeting was to discuss with the students the main values and principles of education.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> On 14th December /Monday/ at 10:30 a meeting between the team of Youth Centre Plovdiv, the Youth Forum for Partnership with the Local Authorities and Municipality of Plovdiv department “Sport and youth activities” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/457 <p><strong>На 14.12.2015 г.</strong> / понеделник/ от 10:30 часа в Младежки център Пловдив&nbsp; ще се проведе среща между екипа на Младежкия център, Младежкия форум за партньорство с местна власт, Дирекция "Спорт и младежки дейности", представители на младежки организации, както и ученици и студенти от местните учебни заведения. Целта на тази среща е обмяна на опит и добри практики, партньорство и дискусия относно развитието&nbsp; на младежката политика в гр. Пловдив.</p> Bozhidar Milenkov: I do not remember anything from my first big competition, it was like a dream http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/658 <p>-<strong>Tell us how it all started. What were your first steps in the sport?</strong></p> <p>- Before I started practicing kayak I tried to practice athletics, basketball. My two cousins, Haralan and Stefan Zaharievi, however, trained kayak. They brought me to the Regatta Venue. I liked it, and I started from the 4th grade to come with them. I just watched them training. And one day - I remember it very well because it was the first day of the school year, on September 15, 1966, before school I came to the Regatta Venue. Then George Uchkunov, a legend of Plovdiv sport, took me to a boat, made a tour in front of the ports, I signed a declaration that my parents agree for me to practice sport and so everything started. This was my first official training day. Since then, my whole conscious life has gone to canoeing.</p> <p>-<strong> Do you remember your first big competition and how did you prepare for it?</strong></p> <p>- I really do not remember anything from my first big race. I only remember how I was preparing for it because everything seemed to me like a dream. Like every rookie I experienced it very emotionally, and from the first to the last meter I did not know what was happening. My first competition was the Spartakiada in 1969 in Plovdiv and I became second in a quadraple kayak. Since then until my last internal race there is no year I did not get on the winners ladder and without championship title for Bulgaria for "Trakia" club.</p> <p>-<strong> You participated in two Olympic Games. Was there any difference in your preparation for one and the other?</strong></p> <p>- I did not participate in 2, but in 3 Olympic Games, in 2 of them in Montreal (1976) and in Moscow (1980) I was a competitor, and in Seoul (1988) I was coach in the women's division. The difference is because the Olympic Games are once every 4 years. This is the biggest sport forum, as everyone knows, responsibility and tension are much greater. At one place there are athletes from all sports from all over the world and on the one hand it is very interesting and on the other - very responsible and heavy. For this very reason usually at the Olympic Games happens the biggest surprises - because everyone wants to be the first, everyone is on the edge of risk and sometimes goes beyond it, which is already devastating.</p> <p>- <strong>What's the secret of winning the Olympic medal? Is there a special formula?</strong></p> <p>- There is no formula. It only takes a lot of hard work, lots of stubbornness, lots of consistency, will, ambition - all the standard things. It may sounds a little clich&eacute;, but that's the true.</p> <p>- <strong>What would you advise young athletes?</strong></p> <p>- Olympic medal is hard to win. Not everyone can win, but everyone has to strive for it. And not for another reason, but because sport is a model of life. It is a rehearsal, a preparation for life itself. Sport is one competition, one striving for self-expression and one great school. If a person is successful and realized in sports, I think they can succeed in any other sphere of life.</p> <p>* The interview is published with edits by the author. All rights to the text created under the project "Olympic Medalists of the City of Plovdiv" belongs to "Youth Center Plovdiv".&nbsp;</p> “The ideal society” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/208 <p>On January 27th a non-formal educational activity with students from 9<sup>th</sup> grade was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv. The young people were given the opportunity to share their values, fears and dreams. The students discussed what prevents them from achieving &ldquo;the ideal society&rdquo; and the things that each of us can do to make the world a better place for all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Dance with us! http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/499 <p>Songs, dancing, sports and presentations of children's sport daycare took place on 21 April 2018 at Youth Center in Plovdiv. Participation in the event took students from "St. Cyril and Methodius" High School and "Lyuben Karavelov" High School, who introduced us to traditional Bulgarian folklore. Korean pop, salsa, merenge, regeton were performed by the talents of Alejandro Art Center, vocal performances of young Plovdiv talents and many more entertaining games were prepared by the team of the center.</p> <p>On this day we also participated in a charity event in support of four children from the village of Tsalapitsa. Since their mother refuses to take care of them, children can not get the carefree childhood they deserve. The children are currently with Grandma Anka, who has no money to support the four of them.</p> <p>They need our help, both money and donation of clothes and essential necessities. Dear People, We at the Youth Center Plovdiv wish to unite and make some sunny children happier! Bank account: BG03UNCR70001523248149 Anka Andreeva Cholakova S. Tsalapitsa, Plovdiv Street 44.</p> <p>At the same time, the center opened wide doors for the presentation of our three children's sport daycares, namely: Super Star, Blue Summer and Victoria Volley. Tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, martial arts, zombie, crossfit, english, robotics were presented under the guidance of experienced coaches.</p> Penka Stoyanova: Experts said that my unique shooting at the basket has chilled the opponent http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/661 <p>- <strong>When did you first touch a basketball ball? How did it all began?</strong></p> <p>- In 1963, in Karlovo I went to a basketball training session with my friend and classmate Yordanka Dobreva. Since the first time they showed me the basketball step, I did it. So I joined the girls' basketball team. I started participating in school competitions under the guidance of our teacher Stoyo Hubchev. On such a competition in the village of Rogosh, where referee Georgi Toshkov, who is from Plovdiv. When he saw me playing, he told Tencho Nachev that he had discovered a gold mine. Then they both persuade my parents to let me study in Plovdiv at the sport school. That's how my career started when it was still playing with leather balls, and sneakers.</p> <p>- <strong>With the national team you are a silver medalist from the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980. and bronze at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. What are the similarities&nbsp; and what are the differences between winning the two Olympic medals?</strong></p> <p>- In the second year of my arrival in Plovdiv in 1966, I joined the national team for girls and in January 1967, at the age of 17, I became part of the national team of women under the guidance of Ivan Todorov. In 1976, with Ivan Galabov, we were one of the six teams of the first women's basketball teams at the Olympic Games. At the qualifications, we had equal points, but with one penalty, we won against Poland and so we ranked out of a total number of 24 countries. I personally&nbsp;was the best athlete - I was in the first place in a several indicators. They said I was a unique central player and thanks to my qualities the Bulgarian team win a bronze medal. The qualifications that took place in Varna for the Moscow Olympic Games were also very controversial. It is interesting the fact that, the second year in the team were included younger contestants, but the core of 7 girls was the same. Interesting is the story of the contested game with Yugoslavia - we won, of course, I scored 27 points during the match and in the last few seconds I scored and with that we won our silver medals. I should also mention that the technical-tactical training of the coach Ivan Galabov was great. For the first time in my sporting career, Galabov used such a tactic. I was not set to play in defense in the center of the area, but on the side as a wing, in keeping with the high centers of the Yugoslavs, and thus saved me for the whole game. Nobody expected such a tactic. Our silver medal from these Olympic Games is the highest honors of the Bulgarian team of international competitions and will remain in the history of native basketball. This year is celebrated anniversary - 100 years of basketball in Bulgaria.</p> <p>- <strong>You are the first Bulgarian basketball player who play professional basketball abroad. What is the difference between playing at home and abroad?</strong></p> <p>- In my time basketball was not professional but amateur - the game continued for 2 parts of 20 minutes and we had no threes - shooting from far, which counts for 3 points. Basketball was then very athletic, technical with a tactical and technical view of the game. More attention was paid to collective basketball, using the individual qualities of the contestants. Professional basketball for women was allowed by the rules of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Until then, it could not be played abroad. Aldo Vital, secretary of FIBA ​​and world hall manager, was the organizer of the Liliana Ronchetti Cup, where with the team of Maritza (Plovdiv) we were finalists 2 and 3 times champions (in 1971, 1972 and 1974) . Then he invited me to go to his team with girls which was formed in Italy (there was organized the first professional women's league). In my opinion, my sport career ended after the Olympic Games in Moscow. That's why I spent two years in the team of Vitali - "Roma", by putting on my competitive qualities, I gave these young girls my experience, spirit, character, will to win, the regime, the responsibility, the relations between the athletes and the coach, which is really important in one team. 7 girls from this team of were also in the national team of Italy. In 1983 William Jones Grand Prix, we ranked second with Italy's second national team. I could not stay there because there was political trouble. After returning to Bulgaria in 1983, these girls became champions of Italy, the champions of Europe and the "Ronchetti" Cup. In the Italian press it was written that I am like the team's flag of the team. The coach Gino Minervini , said my shooting was unique - chilling the opposing team.</p> <p>- <strong>What did sport give you and what it takes from you? What is the sum of all the high awards during your career?</strong></p> <p>- I would say that sport did not take anything from me, it gave me. I had written a composition on the subject "What I Want to Become" in high school and I mentioned there that as a basketball player I want to compete for the national team and to bring glory to my country. I had a goal and a dream - I have always followed them and prospered. I have not lost anything, the awards I have received are the fruit of my labor, responsibility, faith, self-confidence.The sport has shaped me as a person. I had the opportunity to see other countries that, because of world politics, people were not able to participate. I am&nbsp; grateful to the coaches, the people around me, my parents, because they found the courage to let me study in Plovdiv.</p> <p>- <strong>You are included in the FIBA ​​list of 35 athletes who contributed to the development of world basketball in the second half of the 20th century. What would you advise young athletes today so that basketball develop?</strong></p> <p>- To rely on themselves, but also on the coach and the rest of the team. The young athletes must also read, educate themselves on psychology, physiology, history of sport with which they have decided to deal - what are their possibilities according to the height, and also to be aware on your position on the field. I see that&nbsp; nowadays for the young people&nbsp;basketball is a power-athletic-technical sport. They are making it look like an attraction, they are into the technique they want to show. But if they do not score, where does the efforts go? Every basket is important, every point ... And I think this is now a little forgotten or neglected because of the attraction. That's why many big teams do not achieve their high goals. For example, at the Olympic Games they said the Bulgarian team has an extraordinary central striker, despite its low height, with qualities that every coach wants to own in his team. The Italian press wrote that I am like the flag of the team. It is important to be able to work in team. Also use your strong qualities to develop your weaker ones. I have always watched what others do, so that to use their qualities so that I can be like them and be like a team to have syncronization. There also could be idols, but the idols are till certain time. When you go to great sport, you have to play for yourself.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> The Plovdiv Youth Centre team was happy to welcome fifteen school principals and counselors at an official meeting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/210 <pre>The Plovdiv Youth Centre team was happy to welcome fifteen school principals and counselors at an official meeting that took place on the premises of the youth centre. All participants were familiarised with the non-formal educational activities and interests clubs offered in the centre as well as the multifunctional sport facilities that available for young people. <br /><br />The school principals and counselors were welcomed by the centre&rsquo;s manager &ndash; Dimitriya Todorova-Andonova. Mr. Georgi Titjukov &ndash; deputy mayor &ndash; was an official guest of the meeting. The attendants were given and chance to ask questions with regards to the project and the accessibility of the youth centre. In the end, everybody was treated with a tour around the centre&rsquo;s facilities. </pre> Cyberscout http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/500 <p>St. Kniaz Boris I Scholl in the town of Asenovgrad acquired 20 cyber scouts from the 5th grade who will train their peers for problems on the Internet and the ways to deal with them.</p> <p>During the two-day training, students have learned how to recognize and deal with online risks, how to advise their peers when they are in a risky situation and how to organize public activities to promote learning to other children. The training was conducted in partnership with the National Center for Safety in Internet and Youth Centre Plovdiv.</p> <p>The Youth Center is the official representative of the Center for Safe Internet for the Plovdiv region under the Cyber Scout program.</p> <p>Within the next two months, new cyber scouts will have the opportunity to split up and organize and run public activities and to participate in a national competition between all cyber scouts trained throughout the year across the country.</p> <p>The organizers of the three best activities will receive certificates from the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime of the Interior Ministry on the International Day for Safety Online on 5 February 2019. In addition, cyber scouts will be able to perform missions to demonstrate and promote safe and responsible online behavior.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Peter Merkov: After every difficulty always comes the sweetness of life http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/662 <p>-<strong> When did you start kayaking for the first time?</strong></p> <p>- In 1989, on September 1, when I went to the sport school. I started with my personal coach Marin Marinov. I met him a few years earlier, as I was a classmate of his daughter. He knew me, my personality, that I was stubborn, he saw my skills from a coaching point of view. He invited me to apply for the sport school and accepted me. I wanted to train because I lived 50 meters from the sport school. I have felt the sporting atmosphere as well as the atmosphere of the old and the new Regatta Venue. And I've always loved the water.</p> <p>- <strong>What's the secret of winning more than one medal in one Olympic Game?</strong></p> <p>- What helped me mostly was my coach. The secret is may be that the more a person is wild in a certain situation, he must be more modest and suffer deprivation in other&nbsp; to reach the great peak. The deprivation consists of regime, food, sleeping, keeping the whole training, prepared by a team, plan. A strong psyche is most needed, because the competition is huge. Here most boats go to a photo finisher and it all depends on ten thousands of the second and ten hundreds of the second.</p> <p>- <strong>How do you mentally deal with the losses?</strong></p> <p>- It is difficult. Then the whole race is drawn, you see where you are losing, the intermediate times are watched, you work on them so you do not lose in the given part of the discipline or the distance. You train your weak part so you can make a better performance at the next race.</p> <p>- <strong>What is the emotion of victory?</strong></p> <p>- I, personally, when I won, I have never showed emotion. I feel it after 2-3 weeks, analyzing the whole competition, feeling the strength and the essence of what I have done.</p> <p>-<strong> Is there any difference between earning an Olympic and another medal?</strong></p> <p>- Maybe people are seeing the Olympic medal to be more worthy. But for me, the work, commitment and responsibility of each competition are the same.</p> <p>- <strong>Which is the hardest moment in a competition?</strong></p> <p>- As the competition starts. Once you start, it is very important that you can gather your thoughts and spirit to be yourself and to show what you are capable of. Physical and mental preparation are also important.</p> <p>- <strong>What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a competitor and being a coach?</strong></p> <p>- The advantage of being competitor is that the a whole team takes care of you - a masseur, a rehabilitator, a doctor, a coach of a unit, senior coach and federation leadership. Everything is provided to you and you only have to do it, and the team that works with you can correct your mistakes. Coaching is harder. When I was a senior coach, I cared about 35 athletes for four and a half years. The responsibility is great. In the evenings, you can not sleep, you think, analyze, keep notes, talk to the contestants so you can improve the results. You experience everything with them - which is both sweet and very difficult. But after every difficulty, the sweetness of life always comes.</p> <p>- <strong>How would you motivate young people today?</strong></p> <p>- I'd tell them to restrain themselves and to be more patient, to put computer technology down. To rely on the mind, the psyche, and the desire of the heart. I wish them to be&nbsp; healthy, perseverance and patience.</p> A meeting with young people aged between 16 and 18 years old http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/212 <p>A meeting with young people aged between 16 and 18 years old was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv on 29 January 2016. There was a discussion regarding the needs and interests of the participants and their inclusion in the activities of the centre.</p> Plovdiv - the city of the cyclist http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/501 <p>Hundreds of cyclists joined the cycling procession today, starting from Saedinenie Square. The column was led by the mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev, followed by Olympic medalists, deputy and district mayors. The initiative is named "Plovdiv - the city of the cyclist" and is organized for the fourth time.</p> <p>"I wish this year there are no cyclist accidents. I wish you to use bicycles not only on weekends but also as an alternative means of transportation to work and thus to preserve to keep the air of Plovdiv cleaner and to reduce the traffic,"said Ivan Totev.</p> <p>"Plovdiv Municipality continues its policy of completing the cycling network and implementing the strategy " Plovdiv - the city of the cyclist ", added deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov.</p> <p>The procession passed by the Maritsa-South Boulevard through the North entrance of the Regatta Venue / The Iron Bridge /, along the Plovdiv Stadium, along the Yasna Polyana Str., on 6th September Boulevard, through the southern entrance to the Regatta Venue / Landmark Hotel /, continued along the southern bank of the canal.</p> <p>The finish was at the Final Complex where there was a musical program. For the smallest participants, a bicycle race was organized.</p> <p>The organizers of the cycling are the Municipality of Plovdiv and the municipal enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv".</p> A non formal educational activity http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/214 <p>On the first of February (Monday) a non formal educational activity was held in Youth center Plovdiv. In the activity took part young people from Stolipinovo neighborhood. The goal of the training was a discussion on moral values through the example of successful local and national people.</p> The Mayor of Thessaloniki Visited Youth Centre http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/507 <p>"I am very pleasantly surprised by the Youth Center in Plovdiv. You have a wonderful city - very green, with old trees, clean and pleasant. I am impressed by the large and wide boulevards and sidewalks, "said the mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris at the end of his two-day visit to the city under the hills. "Every time I come here, I see that Plovdiv has become more and more beautiful and nicer," he added, and thanked for the hospitality of the mayor Ivan Totev.</p> <p>Yannis Boutaris congratulated his colleague for taking good care of the Old City. The official guests also mentioned that they were surprised by how the Plovdiv government managed to breathe life into the old houses, filling them with various events, one of which is the festival &nbsp;"Wine and gourmet".</p> <p>"Plovdiv deserves the title European Capital of Culture. This is a reward that is given to cities that can do something innovative and I believe that Plovdiv is one of them," said Yannis Boutaris.</p> <p>The mayor of Thessaloniki was so impressed by the Youth Center and he said he would make a similar in the Greek city. For this purpose, he wanted to get acquainted in details with the project for establishment of the youth center, its activities - youth work and exchanges, the variety of the initiatives.</p> <p>"In Thessaloniki we have the ambition to make an equally good youth center and we are very impressed by what we have seen here. We have made a special research of where there are such centers funded by money from Europe and we have found that the best one is in Plovdiv," said Boutaris.</p> <p>"I am very happy with the positive assessment of my colleague Mr Boutaris because that means we are doing well and Plovdiv is developing," said Mayor Ivan Totev.</p> An informational meeting with young people http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/216 <p>An informational meeting with young people was held on 03.02.2016 in the building of Youth centre Plovdiv. The purpose of the meeting was to familiarize the participants with the activities in the youth centre as well as to attract them to take part in the clubs and non-formal educations.</p> European Platform of Youth Centеrs: Budapest http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/519 <p>Between 4 June and 6 June 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, the 9th European Platform of Youth Centers is held. Part of it is the Plovdiv Youth Center, which was awarded the Council of Europe Quality Label ten days ago.</p> Аn educational activity with young people aged between 15-16 years old http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/217 <p>Аn educational activity with young people aged between 15-16 years old was held on February 17 in Youth Center Plovdiv. The participants had the opportunity to learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as to participate in a discussion about the meaning and importance of human rights and how they are violated today.</p> Opening of children daycare http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/521 <p>With a lot of smiles and a good mood, we found the season of summer daycares at Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv". For second year, lecturers and coaches from "Blue Summer", "Super Star" and "Viktoria Volley" will teach children to develop their educational and sports skills, combining them with many unforgettable games</p> A meeting in “National high school of stage and film design” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/219 <p>After an informational meeting with principals of secondary schools the tam of Youth Centre Plovdiv was invited to visit the schools and present their non-formal educational activities. A meeting was held in &ldquo;National high school of stage and film design&rdquo; on February 18<sup>th</sup> at 10:30 a.m. In the event took part students from ninth grade. The activities, the non-formal educational trainings, the clubs and the sport facilities of Youth Centre Plovdiv were presented to the boys and girls. There was a discussion of future joint events, participation of the young people in the activities of the Youth Centre as well as its recognition as a place for realization of the young people&rsquo;s various talents.</p> A volunteer action for outdoor classroom with a bio-garden http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/528 <p>The first public outdoor classroom with a bio-garden in Plovdiv is already a fact! We, the team of Youth Center Plovdiv and our partners who supported us are implementing another valuable and useful educational project for children and young people. But to finish the Permaculture Garden, we need your help, because there is success only when we are together!</p> <p>Let's go small and big gardeners! We will be waiting for you on Saturday morning to create and shape the beds for herbal and flower spirals and tell you more about our ideas! Bring with you any kind of gardening tools- shovels, buckets,mattocks, sacks, gloves and so on. All kinds of natural materials that you have extras - humus, straw, stones, wood, bricks, pots, etc. will be useful.</p> The Plovdiv Youth Centre has begun work with a new group of young people, aged 16-17 year http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/222 <pre>The Plovdiv Youth Centre has begun work with a new group of young people, aged 16-17 year. It was an initial get-to-know one another meeting. The non-formal activity was entitled &lsquo;My dream class&rsquo;, which aimed at familiarising them with the non-formal educational methods as well as identifying and tackling potential needs and challenges those young people face on a daily basis. The group had the chance to experience first-hand the specifics of the non-formal education. </pre> Delegation from South Korea visited Youth Centre Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/534 <p>For the eleventh consecutive year, the Ministry of Youth and Sport welcomed a delegation from the Republic of South Korea. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize with youth policies in Bulgaria. Part of the visit included a visit to the "Youth Center Plovdiv", during which the delegation presented the current activities and projects of the center. There was also a meeting with representatives of the Municipal Youth Club "Innovator" Hisarya. A special greeting for the South Korean guests was also prepared by talented youngsters from the quay pop kapers group "Hechi" to the Art Center "Alejandro" in Plovdiv.</p> A non-formal educational activity for presenting the Universal declaration of Human Rights http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/224 <p>On February 19<sup>th&nbsp; </sup>a non-formal educational activity for presenting the Universal declaration of Human Rights was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv.&nbsp; During the meeting the human rights were presented to the students, who are participants in an educational module on tolerance. The group had a discussion on the most violated rights in everyday life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Christmas charity bazaar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/610 <p>The team of Youth Center Plovdiv for the third consecutive year organizes a charity Christmas bazaar. The main goal of the Bazaar is to unite our efforts with all children and youth to show our empathy and kindness and to support various charitable causes, with handmade Christmas gifts. The bazaar was located in front of the Grand Mall, ul. "Capt. Raycho Nikolov" 56 and was held on 15 and 16 December 2019 . The Christmas Bazaar with the participation of children and youths from Plovdiv schools, kindergartens, volunteer organizations and artists gathered the sum of 5490.14 LV! All participants chose a different cause to support with their handmade Christmas gifts. Thank you warmly!&nbsp;</p> The team of Youth Center Plovdiv started visiting high schools in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/227 <p>From the second half of February the team of Youth Center Plovdiv started visiting high schools in Plovdiv. The aim of these visits was presenting to the students the non formal educational methodology and including more young people in the activities of the center. The visited schools were the following: National High School of Stage and Film Design, "Sveti Konstantin - Kiril Filosof" Secondary school, High School &ldquo;Chernorizec Hrabar&rdquo;, &ldquo;Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov&rdquo; professional high school for tourism.</p> Easter charity bazaar "From children to children" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/637 <p>The team of Youth center Plovdiv unites efforts with children and young people from Plovdiv kindergartens, schools and youth organizations in order to stimulate the&nbsp; participation and to motivate the youngest to do good deeds through the Easter charity bazaar "From children to children", organized for consecutive year&nbsp;. The bazaar was held in front of the Grand shopping center on 20 and 21 of April. The youngsters presented handmade Easter gifts and souvenirs, as the funds from their sale were destributed&nbsp; for various charitable causes chosen by the participants themselves</p> The teams of youth workers had a discussion with young people on the topic “Gender equality” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/230 <p>The teams of the four Youth centers in Bulgaria part of the program BG- 06 &ldquo;Children and Youth at Risk&rdquo;, which are also members of the National Coordination committee of the Council of Europe campaign &ldquo;No Hate Speech Movement&rdquo;, held a joint activity. The idea for this activity was discussed during the meeting for the establishment of the National Coordination committee.</p> <p>On March 8<sup>th&nbsp; </sup>&nbsp;the International Women&rsquo;s Day the teams of youth workers had a discussion with young people on the topic &ldquo;Gender equality&rdquo;. This topic is in accordance with one of the major priorities of Council of Europe for the campaign that is fighting sexism and gender discrimination. The 8<sup>th</sup> of March was of the four action days announced during the meeting for the establishment of the Committee.</p> <p><br /> The aim is to reduce the level of use of hatered language among young people regardless of gender of a person, to eliminate the belief that one gender is superior to the other , and stereotyping of gender roles. That was accomplished by a general discussion with the young people based on non formal educational methodology.</p> <p>The major part of the activity was a video in which every Youth Centre team is interviewing a person that has untypical for his/her gender profession.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Аn educational activity with young people, which continued the topic of human rights http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/232 <p>Аn educational activity with young people, which continued the topic of human rights, was held in Youth Center Plovdiv. The participants discussed which of their needs are protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and why all human rights are equally important and interdependent.</p> Non formal educational activity was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv with students http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/234 <p>Non formal educational activity was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv with students. The aim of the meeting was an introduction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The topic of the next meeting was also discussed which topic will be in the framework of human rights education.</p> A new club “The artist in me” started in Youth centre Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/236 <p>A new club &ldquo;The artist in me&rdquo; started on 10<sup>th</sup> March in Youth centre Plovdiv. Young people aged 15 to 17, who are interested in art and want to enrich their artistic culture, took part in the event. Guest-lector was Mariya Karaivanova &ndash; Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, who shared her vision about the activities that can be held in the club. All the participants had the opportunity to give their ideas. The youth worker Sofiya Totozova presented the conception of the club and shared her vision connected with the forthcoming work.</p> Тraining module on the theme "Tolerance" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/238 <p>Activity, part of a training module on the theme "Tolerance" was held on 03.11.2016 in the Youth Center of Plovdiv. The aim of the activity was a revision of fundamental human rights, as well as discussion about their interconnection.&nbsp;</p> Discussion with students on the topic of Discrimination http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/240 <p>Youth workers from Youth Centre Plovdiv held a discussion with students on the topic of Discrimination. The participants talked about the different types of discrimination and which stereotypes and prejudices in our everyday lives cause intolerant and unequal treatment.</p> The team of Youth Centre Plovdiv continues its work with students from Private High School “Drujba” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/242 <p>The team of Youth Centre Plovdiv continues its work with students from Private High School &ldquo;Drujba&rdquo;. A third meeting with them was held on March 17<sup>th&nbsp; </sup>2016. The aim of the non formal educational activity was to continue with the topic of Human rights &ndash; to stress on the fact that these rights are universal, interdependent and equally important.</p> <p>The young people had the opportunity to directly participate in activities which were illustrating the specific features of non formal education.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> A fourth consecutive round table entitled "Vision for youth – let’s look in the same direction" was held on 21 March in Youth Center Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/244 <p>A fourth consecutive round table entitled "Vision for youth &ndash; let&rsquo;s look in the same direction", part of the project "Establishing a Youth Center in the city of Plovdiv, was held on 21 March in Youth Center Plovdiv. Official guests of the event were Mr. Georgi Tityukov &ndash; deputy mayor &ldquo;Sports, youth activities and social policy&rdquo; and Mrs. Elisabet Hauge from the Norwegian institute "Agder Research&ldquo;. The event was attended by representatives of youth organizations, school councils, students&rsquo; councils, community centers, etc. The purpose of the round table was to improve the communication between the youth organizations and the local authorities, to build foundations for quality dialogue between the two parties and to enable the involvement of young people in the decision making processes connected with the planning of youth policies on local level.</p> International Roma Day in Youth Centre Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/246 <p>A poetry reading and a presentation of Ivan Mirchev&rsquo;s book was held on April 8<sup>th </sup>- the International Roma Day in Youth Centre Plovdiv. This is the second published book of this young Roma author.</p> <p>The poetry reading was at 14:00 p.m. in the library of the Youth Centre Plovdiv. Through the presentation of the book the author wanted to convey that &ndash; despite his origin and ethnic background &ndash; one can succeed and accomplish his dreams, just as he did. Ivan Mirchev encouraged the young Roma to follow and fight for their dreams.</p> <p>The written word was the mean thread of the meeting, during which the &lsquo;No Hate Speech&rsquo; was presented. At the end of the activity all participants had the chance to take advantage of the Youth Centre&rsquo;s multifunctional sports complex.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Meeting on the topic of Discrimination http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/248 <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;" lang="EN-US">The team of Youth Centre Plovdiv continues its work with a group of students from Private School &rdquo;Drujba&rdquo;. This was the fourth meeting and it was on the topic of Discrimination. The aim of the non-formal educational activity was a further discussion on the above mentioned topic and presentation of the Law on Protection from Discrimination</span></p> International Meeting of Tourism http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/264 <p>The 8<sup>th </sup>International Meeting of Tourism started today in Park Hotel Plovdiv. The meeting continues until April 23<sup>rd</sup>, 2016. Representatives of more than 70 tour operators from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, Kosovo, Sweden, Japan, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Great Britain, Morocco, Serbia, Dubai participated in the official opening of the forum and watched the first presentations. The agenda of the forum includes B2B work meetings during which participants have the opportunity for direct communication with potential partners.</p> <p>Youth Centre Plovdiv was presented in the forum section &ldquo;Plovdiv &ndash; attractive for Children and Young people&rdquo;.&nbsp; Members of Youth Centre Plovdiv team participated in the work meetings where they presented the possibilities for youth exchanges and non formal educational activities.</p> Club “The Artist in me” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/267 <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">Club &ldquo;The Artist in me&rdquo; continues every Thursday in the library of Youth Centre Plovdiv. The guest lecturer from The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv Mariya Karaivanova conducted an educational activity on the topic &ldquo;Genealogy&rdquo;. &nbsp;The young people had to create their own family tree. Participants played board games and on another meeting they performed their favorite karaoke songs . </span></p> The ‘Be…!’ club http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/269 <p>After a long period of preparation, the &lsquo;Be&hellip;!&rsquo; club has finally welcomed its participants at the building of the Plovdiv Youth Centre. The club&rsquo;s goal is to be a platform where young people, though different can &lsquo;BE&hellip;!&rsquo; real; to make them &lsquo;BE&hellip;!&rsquo; confident; to follow their dreams and pursue their goals. Mutual learning and sharing is a key element of the club&rsquo;s philosophy.</p> <p>The participants drafted their own code of conduct and discussed possible themes to talk about during their future meetings. &lsquo;My hobbies&rsquo; was the winner theme, where each participant not only had the chance to tell about their favourite hobbies/interests to the rest of the group, but also share what role has those hobbies/interests played in their lives.</p> <p>Looking forward to see what the next meeting has to bring&hellip;?!?</p> A meeting of eighteen different NGOs http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/271 <p>The Plovdiv Youth Centre hosted a meeting of eighteen different NGOs working in the youth sector. The meeting was initiated by Valentina Kutseva (JCI Plovdiv), Daniel Dzhinsov (YSPDB) and Dimitriya Todorova-Andonova (YCP). The gathering aimed at creating a venue for effective partnerships and mutual cooperation between the various youth NGOs in the city of Plovdiv. The meeting was moderated by Daniel Dzhinsov, who helped the participants to identify the common challenges those NGOs face in seeking to achieve the above goals. The local a authorities were represented by Georgi Titjukov &ndash; deputy mayor in the Municipality of Plovdiv, who expressed his support and willingness to assist the NGOs. The gathering went well. The participants agreed to meet again on the June 25<sup>th</sup> 2016 at the Youth Centre.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv was visited by our colleagues from Youth Centre Vratsa http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/273 <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: small;">Between April 23rd and 24</span><sup><span style="font-size: x-small;">th</span></sup><span style="font-size: small;"> 2016 Youth Centre Plovdiv was visited by our colleagues from Youth Centre Vratsa together with a group of young people from their town.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp; A non formal educational activity was held. There was a presentation of the non formal trainings, clubs, initiatives and campaigns implemented in the center, as well as the upcoming activities and events. At the end of the visit the participants had a tour around the Regatta Venue. </span></span></p> An educational activity with young people from Professional High School of Tourism http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/275 <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">On April 27, 2016 an educational activity with young people from Professional High School of Tourism was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv. The hosts from the youth centre presented the non formal educational activities, clubs, youth initiatives and campaigns, as well as the upcoming activities and events to the participants. After the training the young people had the opportunity to walk through the building and the sport zone of the centre.</span></p> No Hate Speech Movement http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/277 <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: small;">Today </span><span style="font-size: small;">at Youth Center Plovdiv volunteers from</span><span style="font-size: small;"> The Infinite Opportunities Association presented to students campaign </span><span style="font-size: small;">No Hate Speech Movement. &nbsp;After a short introduction by Mary Alkalaj about the history of the campaign, participants in the meeting took part in an nonformal education game on the topic of Hate Speech.</span></span></p> Youth centre Plovdiv started an English club http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/278 <p>Youth centre Plovdiv started an English club with young people aged between 15 and 19. The aim of this club is to improve the language knowledge and skills of the young people and to acquaint them with the English customs and culture.</p> The final meeting with students from private school ‘’Druzhba” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/281 <p>The final meeting with students from private school &lsquo;&rsquo;Druzhba&rdquo; was held on the fatal Friday 13th. The participants received certificates for their attendance in the training on Human Rights and Discrimination. They had the opportunity to share their opinion about the training and to sing in a karaoke.</p> <div class="_5wpt">&nbsp;</div> Round Table on the topic "Youth workers in Bulgaria" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/283 <p>The Plovdiv Youth Centre hosted its fifth round table. The topic of discussion revolved around the significance and recognition of the profession of the youth worker.</p> <p>The round table was carried out in small format. The participants represented various youth organisations and NGOs that work directly with young people and have a wealth of experience in this field. The meeting was moderated by Vera Kirilova (NAVA) and Vasil Vasilev (YCP). George Merdzhanov (YSPDB) gave the participants a quick &lsquo;tour&rsquo; of the youth work in Europe and familiarised them with what have been done thus far about the recognition of the youth worker profession in Bulgaria.</p> <p>After that a general discussion was open and all attendees had the chance to discuss the current social state of the young people in Bulgaria and why youth work is so significant. In a very informal way the group went into a deeper discussion of the youth worker profession by touching upon several key issues, such as: the quality of youth in Bulgaria, expected (qualitative and quantitative) results, and last but not least the promotion and recognition of the youth worker profession in Bulgaria.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> А sports event for children deprived of parental care http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/285 <p>On 26/05/2016 Youth Center Plovdiv together with BG Be Active organized a sports event for children deprived of parental care. The initiative was part of the national campaign Move Week 2016. The children took part in open Street fitness, taekwondo and parkour workouts. Official guest of the event was Mr. Dimitar Kolev &ndash; mayor of West district, who welcomed the participants. The chief coordinator of BG Be Active &ndash; Irma Enfiedzhiyan was part of the program and made a Zumba warm up with the young people, and the representatives of the taekwondo club ASTK Trakia, Street fitness FunctionalFi7Army and parkour Team Stumble demonstrated some basic movements and techniques from each sport. Even the rain could not spoil the fun and the training continued under the tent of the Sports complex. The prizes were provided by MKB-22 Karats, spring water Bachkovo and BG Be Active.</p> Open Day http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/287 <p>Open Day was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv on the first of June International Children&rsquo;s Day. Young students from Plovdiv High Schools participated in the event which started at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the center. The deputy mayor of &ldquo;Sport, youth activities and social policies&rdquo; Georgi Titukov greeted the students for the holiday and invited them to actively participate in all of the Youth Centre Plovdiv activities.<br /> During the Open Day the young people were able to take part in a karaoke and to play board games, specially prepared for them by club &ldquo;Level Up&rdquo;. The sport facilities of the center were also available during the whole day.</p> Second youth exchange http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/289 <p>Between 6.06 - 8.06.2016 second youth exchange was held in Youth Center Plovdiv. In the exchange participated part of Youth Centre Dobrich team and young people from the town of Dobrich and the region. Within the three days the young people got acquainted with the activities and resources of Youth Centre Plovdiv, participated in a variety of non formal activities on topics such as "Human Rights and Discrimination" games for team building and others. They had the opportunity to visit some of the sights of Plovdiv. The young people took part in sport activities, interactive games and made new friendships. The teams of the two youth centres were pleased with the opportunity to exchange good practices and express interest for organizing another meeting.</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv was visited by a group of young people from South Korea and representatives of Ministry of Youth and Sports http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/291 <p><span style="font-size: small;">Youth Centre Plovdiv was visited by a group of young people from South Korea and representatives of Ministry of Youth and Sports on June 14</span><sup><span style="font-size: x-small;">th</span></sup><span style="font-size: small;"> 2016.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp; The main activities and programs of the Youth Centre were presented during the visit. </span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;The guests were impressed by the initiatives of the Youth Centre and the facilities.</span></p> "Children's railway" was opened at the Youth hill http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/293 <p>On June 15 at 12:00 the fully renovated tunnel "Children's railway" was opened at the Youth hill. The initiative was fulfilled thanks to JCI Plovdiv, Hydrostab company, NAVA, with the copperation of Plovdiv Municipality and Youth Centre Plovdiv.<br /> Graffiti artists painted the large space in the tunnel, which is now fully illuminated and recreates a whole new world of marine life to the delight of all the kids who will ride the train. The graffiti paintings were created by the painters Dimitar Mehandzhiyski &ndash; Stern and Vasco Lalov &ndash; Dark (Pyrotechnix Crew).</p> Education of multipliers http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/295 <p>The youth workers and Roma mediators from Youth Centre Plovdiv started education of multipliers with students from several schools in the city. Through the methods of non-formal education the students intend to work with children aged 11 to 13 for preventing violence in schools.</p> Press conference and round table on the project "Establishing a Youth Centre in the city of Plovdiv" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/298 <p>On June 21, 2016 at 11.30 in the conference hall of Plovdiv Municipality was held a press conference and round table on the project "Establishing &nbsp;a Youth Centre in the city of Plovdiv" .The round table was on the topic "The Role of the Youth Centre in the life of the community", and the main goal - presenting the results of the project so far, and strengthen communication and cooperation of the Youth Center with various organizations and social institutions in the city. Official guests were Mr. Dimitar Kolev - Mayor of West Region and Mr. Georgi Georgiev - Deputy - Mayor of West Region.</p> <p align="center"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> A meeting for sharing experience http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/299 <p>From 27 June to 01 July 2016 the team of Youth centre Plovdiv took part in a meeting for sharing experience between the youth centres from component 1 &ldquo;Youth at Risk&rdquo;, Program BG06 &ldquo;Children and youth at risk&rdquo;. The participants shared good practices in the field of youth activities, discussed their future cooperation and planned mutual initiatives for young people.</p> No Hate Speech Movement http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/302 <p>22nd of July is the European day for the victims of hate crime. The team of Youth Centre Plovdiv presented the campaign No Hate Speech Movement to the local authorities and institutions and they joined against all forms of violence.</p> National Network of Youth Centres http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/304 <p>Youth center Plovdiv initiated the establishment of the National Network of Youth Centres on Programme BG 06 "Children and youth at risk," Component 1 "Care for youth at risk." The first meeting was organized by the team of the youth center and held between July 27 - 30, 2016 in Plovdiv. The event was attended by Mr. George Tityukov - Deputy Mayor Plovdiv Municipality, Ms. Ivanka Sotirova - Deputy Mayor Stara Zagora Municipality and Dr. Emilia Baeva - Deputy Mayor Dobrich Municipality and representatives of the Ministry of education and science - Ms. Maria Vassileva-Valova - Head of " European External programs "and Mrs. Maria Teodorova - senior associate.</p> <p>The meeting was attended by management teams of youth centers Plovdiv, Dobrich , Vratsa and Stara Zagora, youth workers and Roma mediators. Priority of the meeting was the creation of a national network between the Youth Centers as a mechanism for effective cooperation , exchange of knowledge , skills, experience and good practices to improve the quality of youth work in Bulgaria .</p> A National meeting of organisations working with and for Roma young people http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/306 <p>In the course of two days (09-10 August 20126) the Plovdiv Youth Centre hosted a significant event &ndash; a National meeting of organisations working with and for Roma young people. The purpose of the meeting was to present and promote the work of the four youth centres (Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Dobrich, and Vratsa) operating within the &lsquo;Children and Youth at Risk&rsquo; Pogramme, Component 1 &lsquo;Care for Youth at Risk&rsquo; as well as to discuss key challenges that the today&rsquo;s young Roma face. Good examples, stories, and practices and future partnerships between the centres and the represented organisations were also a vital part of the discussion. The meeting was officially opened by Georgi Titjukov &ndash; deputy mayor &lsquo;Sport, Youth and Social Policy&rsquo; at the municipality of Plovdiv. Mrs. Rositsa Ivanova &ndash; secretary of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues &ndash; also welcomed the participants and took active part in the discussions.</p> Exchange in Youth Center Brežice, Slovenia http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/308 <p>The team of Youth Center Plovdiv took part in an international exchange in Youth Center Brežice, Slovenia from 15 to 19 August 2016, together with the other three youth centers of program BG 06 "Children and youth at risk" from Vratsa, Dobrich and Stara Zagora. The aim of the visit was sharing experiences and good practices, meeting with local authorities and institutions, as well as establishing future partnerships.</p> European Week of Sport http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/310 <p>On 11/09/2016 , at 10:00 officially started the European Week of Sport ( 10-17.09.2016 ). Football , basketball and volleyball tournament , as well as fitness and outdoor demonstrations were held on the Multifunctional sports field at Youth Center Plovdiv, organized by the " Sport and Youth Activities " department of Plovdiv Municipality with the support and in partnership with the Youth Centre Plovdiv. <br /> Official guests of the event were: Mr. Asen Markov - Deputy &ndash; Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. George Tityukov - Deputy Mayor "Sport, youth activities and social policy," Mr. Petar Zehtinski - football legend of Botev Plovdiv team and director of "Sport and youth activities" Jordan Jovtchev - the most famous Bulgarian gymnast who won silver and bronze medal at the Olympics in Greece 2004., two bronze medals at Sydney 2000, Mr. Nikolay Buhalov - gold medalist games in Barcelona in 1992. at C1 (500 meters) and C1 (1000 m) and in Seoul he won a bronze medal at C1 (1000 m), Mrs. Penka Stoyanova - a bronze medalist at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976, Olympic vice-champion in Moscow in 1980 .; Mr. Milko Arabadjiiski - one o the most expressed their Bulgarian basketball , played in teams of CSKA and Academic Plovdiv , winner eight times Cup " Bulgaria " sitting times champion of Bulgaria in third place with Academic Plovdiv Cup "Bulgaria" fourth in Europe with the team of Bulgaria ; Miss Gabriela Petrova - the pride of Plovdiv athletics athlete № 1 in Bulgaria in 2015. <br /> At the opening of the European Week of sport attended the team of Youth center Plovdiv and volunteers, who took part in different interactive games and activities.</p> Education of the teams in European youth centre Budapest http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/312 <p><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1474887356761_2194" style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;" lang="EN-US">The second education of the teams in the youth centres was held in European youth centre Budapest between 12<sup id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1474887356761_2230">th</sup> and 15<sup id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1474887356761_2231">th</sup> September 2016. The participants worked on the topic of human rights using different simulation activities and the methods of non-formal education. There is forthcoming discussion about quality label in the following days, as well as future cooperation between the youth centres in Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Romania. </span></p> Informational campaign in the secondary schools in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/314 <p>The informational campaign in the secondary schools in Plovdiv started on 3rd of October. Part of Youth Centre Plovdiv team visited PGT &ldquo;Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov " where the main activities, initiatives, campaigns and clubs of the youth center were presented to the students.</p> Municipal district “South” hosted an information meeting http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/316 <p>Municipal district &ldquo;South&rdquo; hosted an information meeting where the team of You<span class="text_exposed_hide">...</span><span class="text_exposed_show">th center Plovdiv presented its activities and initiatives in front of directors of schools from the area. There was also a discussion on the possibilities for future partnerships and joint activities with young people from the target group of the center. The first joint event with students from "Konstantin Velichkov" secondary school and young people from 7 countries will be held on 10/14/2016.</span></p> Youth center Plovdiv welcomed students from secondary school "Konstantin Velichkov", Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/318 <p>The team of Youth center Plovdiv welcom<span class="text_exposed_hide">...</span><span class="text_exposed_show">ed students from secondary school "Konstantin Velichkov", Plovdiv, as well as students from 7 countries on project "United we win, united we play - developing social skills and inclusive education through sport and outdoor activities ", financed by the program "Erasmus +". The young people took part in informal educational games, karaoke and board games, and after that played in the sports fields of the center.</span></p> Event to celebrate Halloween http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/320 <p>Today, October 28th, in the building of Youth center Plovdiv was held an event to celebrate Halloween with the participation of students from Plovdiv schools. The youngsters took part in various interactive games, karaoke and a non-formal educational activity concerning the development of communication skills.</p> November 1, 2016 the National Awakening Day http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/322 <p>On November 1, 2016 the National Awakening Day the team of Youth Centre Plovdiv held an informational campaign. The event was hosted by Ciela Bookstore. During the event young people aged between 15 and 29 were answering the following questions: &ldquo;|Do you know what we celebrate today?&rdquo; and &ldquo;Which book did you buy? The young people greeted their peers for the holiday and motivated them to buy more books and to spend more time reading. <br /> Team of Youth Centre Plovdiv would like to thank to all young people for their active participation! See you soon!</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv hosted a group of young people from Sweden http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/324 <p>On November 3, 2016 Youth Centre Plovdiv hosted a group of young people from Sweden, who are participants in a youth exchange organized by International Youth Centre in Stara Zagora. The activities and initiatives organized by the team of Youth Centre Plovdiv were presented to the guests. The young people also had a tour in the building and the sport facilities of the center. The participants enjoyed the event and the sunny weather.</p> Educational module “Promoting healthy lifestyle among young people” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/326 <p>On 10th November the first meeting from educational module &ldquo;Promoting healthy lifestyle among young people&rdquo; was held in Youth centre Plovdiv with the participation of young people from &ldquo;Stolipinovo&rdquo; neighbourhood. The training has both informative and empowering characteristics. At the end of the module the participants are expected to have knowledge and skills in the field of health and will organize a sports event.</p> Тhe first anniversary of Youth Centre Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/328 <p>Youth Centre Plovdiv team has joyfully celebrated the first anniversary of the center&rsquo;s official opening! The team is grateful to all deputy mayors, district mayors, councilors, directors of departments and municipal enterprises, colleagues, partners and friends who shared with us this important day.</p> <p>We thank to the participants in our program, without which the celebration would not be so joyful! Thank you friends and we hope to celebrate many more years together the birthday of this wonderful place - Youth Center Plovdiv!</p> Non-formal educational activity named "The Perfect World" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/330 <p>Youth workers from Youth Center Plovdiv carried out a non-formal educational activity named "The Perfect World" with students from 9th grade in "Asen Zlatarov" secondary school in Plovdiv. The participants discussed what it means for them to live in a perfect world, what are the difficulties and obstacles we face in our everyday lives and how we can overcome them.</p> Мeeting of Youth Centre Plovdiv Advisory Council http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/332 <p><span class="_5yl5"><span>On November 22nd a meeting of Youth Centre Plovdiv Advisory Council was held. The future activities of the centre and the possibilities for establishment partnerships with youth organizations were discussed during the meeting.</span></span></p> English Language Club http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/334 <p>English Language Club is held every Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Youth Centre Plovdiv. The main aim of the club is to provide the participants with knowledge about the lexical and grammatical aspect of the language as well as to develop in them practical skills.</p> "Promoting healthy lifestyle among young people" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/336 <p>А second<span class="text_exposed_show"> meeting, part of the training module "Promoting healthy lifestyle among young people" was held on 24th November in Youth Center Plovdiv. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the young people about the harm, consequences and the various types of dependences that drugs bring. The participants in this training will act as multipliers and will spread the acquired knowledge and skills by the "peer to peer" method.</span></p> Human Rights and Communication http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/338 <p><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1480427964702_3097" style="font-size: 12.8px;">A non-formal educational activity, geared especially towards unprivileged students, was carried out at Youth Centre Plovdiv on the 26</span><sup>th</sup><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1480427964702_3100" style="font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;of November. Ten students, aged 14-15, participated in the activities &ndash; tackling the important topic of &lsquo;Human Rights and Communication&rsquo;.&nbsp; Through the means of interactive games and exercises, the students were able to discuss what helps and what hinders the communication among people as well as why we get into situations where our rights are being violated and we are being discriminated against. This was the first of several &nbsp;of such thematic topics. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br /></span></p> "Movement is Health" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/340 <p>An event entitled "Movement is Health," was held today &ndash; 30.11.2016 at 14:00 in the building of Youth center Plovdiv, together with officials from Traffic Police, who made a presentation about safety on road. The event was attended by NAVA volunteers, students from Secondary school of engineering and students from Sports school "Vasil Levski". Youth center Plovdiv provides 10 bicycles to be used free of charge from young people on the bike allies within the territory of the Rowing channel. The participants had the opportunity to try out the new benefits of the Youth Center, to learn about the various options for ecological lifestyle and to acquire knowledge on safe cycling.</p> "Human rights" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/342 <p><span>Youth workers from Youth Center Plovdiv carried out a non-formal educational activity named "Human rights" with students from 9th grade in "Asen Zlatarov" secondary school in Plovdiv. The participants got acquainted with the &ldquo;Universal Declaration of Human Rights&rdquo; and discussed the rights and obligations of people in society.</span></p> „Stronger together” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/344 <p><span>&nbsp;On 12.12.2016 at 3 o clock an activity with students from Private School "Druzhba" under the title "Stronger together" was held in Youth Center Plovdiv. In the event participated children living in different environments and social status who had the opportunity to enjoy a cautionary tale prepared for them, interactive games and others. There were many surprises and the biggest of them was the appearance of Santa Claus, who handed out gifts to all participants. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Lions Club.</span></p> Hand-made bazaar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/345 <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4847" class="body undoreset"> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4856" class="email-wrapped"> <div id="yiv2989462400"> <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4855" dir="ltr"> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4854" class="yiv2989462400MsoNormal"><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4853" lang="EN-US">It is through the hand-made bazaar, Youth Centre Plovdiv tries to engage the children and young people in the city of Plovdiv to get involved in charity initiatives and make good for the wellbeing of the others. We would like to invite all schools, universities to come and participate with their hand-crafted goods and know their cause.&nbsp;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4857" class="yiv2989462400MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4858" class="yiv2989462400MsoNormal"><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4870" lang="EN-US">To participate:&nbsp;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4860" class="yiv2989462400gmail-MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4864" lang="EN-US">1)<span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4863">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4859" lang="EN-US">preliminary choose and state the cause of your institution in the registration form;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4871" class="yiv2989462400gmail-MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span lang="EN-US">2)<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4898" lang="EN-US">each school/university may send 2-5 representatives;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4873" class="yiv2989462400gmail-MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span lang="EN-US">3)<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4872" lang="EN-US">the items have&nbsp; to be hand-made and each should be individually packed (culinary items are also allowed);</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4875" class="yiv2989462400gmail-MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span lang="EN-US">4)<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4874" lang="EN-US">each school/university is responsible for presenting and advertising &nbsp;their own items, school and cause.&nbsp;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4861" class="yiv2989462400gmail-MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_6459" lang="EN-US">5)<span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_6458">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4897" lang="EN-US">bring your smiles and cheerful spirit.</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4876" class="yiv2989462400MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4862" class="yiv2989462400MsoNormal"><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4877" lang="EN-US">Registration deadline: &nbsp;14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;December.</span></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4880" class="yiv2989462400MsoNormal"><span id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4879" lang="EN-US">Contacts: &nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_4878" href="mailto:youth.centre.plovdiv@gmail.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">youth.centre.plovdiv@gmail.com</a>, cell: 0896 500023 or on Facebook (<a id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1481616648476_6476" href="https://www.facebook.com/YouthCentrePlovdiv/?fref=ts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/YouthCentrePlovdiv/?fref=ts</a>) &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> National training seminar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/347 <div class="text_exposed_show"> <p>Plovdiv Youth Centre is currently hosting a national training seminar, dedicated on the 10th of December &ndash; The Human Rights Day. The event is organised by the youth centres in Vratsa, Dobrich, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv. It is the first major event carried out by the newly established National Network of Youth Centres within the BG06 Programme &lsquo;Children and Youth at Risk&rsquo;. The national seminar aims at increasing the knowledge and understanding of the participants from the above-mentioned regions, aged 15-29, about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and encourage their active participation of the life of the society.</p> </div> <div class="_3x-2"> <div data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;H&quot;}"> <div class="mtm"> <div class="_2a2q" style="width: 476px; height: 476px;"> <div class="_52d9"> <div class="_52da"> <div class="_52db">+84</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Charity Christmas bazaar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/349 <div class="_d97"><span class="_5yl5"><span>A Christmas charity bazaar was held this Sunday in Plovdiv. Students from local high schools supported different causes by selling hand made products. During the event organized by Youth Centre Plovdiv there were wonderful musical and dance performances.</span></span></div> Meeting of teams of youth centers under Component 1 of the program BG06 "Children and youth at risk" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/351 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">The program operator organized a meeting of teams of youth centers under Component 1 of the program BG06 "Children and youth at risk", financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009 - 2014. The main objective of the event was to exchange good practices and discuss the challenges that the youth center&rsquo;s teams will face after the end of the program. The future activities of the national network of youth centers as well as its future development were also discussed.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">The event took place between 19<sup>th</sup> and 22<sup>nd</sup> of December in hotel "Lighthouse Golf and Spa", Balchik.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> Health education http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/353 <p>The training module "Promoting healthy lifestyle among young people proceeded with an activity which was held on 24<sup>th</sup> January 2017 in Youth centre Plovdiv. The meeting aimed at preventing sexually transmitted diseases with a focus on HIV / AIDS. Besides obtaining information, the participants have the task to share their knowledge with their friends and peers.</p> Youth exchange with Norway http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/355 <p>Between 27<sup>th</sup> and 30<sup>th</sup> of January Youth Centre Plovdiv hosted an exchange with young people from Norway. The main activities and initiatives of the youth centre were presented to the Norwegian participants during the four -days visit. The team of Youth Centre Plovdiv with the support of volunteers from National Alliance for Volunteer Action (NAVA) organized for the Norwegian young people various non formal activities such as: exploring the challenges young people face, active citizenship and possibilities for volunteer actions in both countries. Youth Centre Plovdiv&rsquo;s team would like to thank the NAVA&rsquo;s volunteer for their active participation in the exchange.Norwegian participants also took part in a competition with young people from sport club &ldquo;Hebros&rsquo;. The young people from Norway arrived at the invitation of the youth centre and the exchange is part of the main activities under the project BG 06-103 &ldquo;Establishing a Youth Centre in the city of Plovdiv&rdquo;. There are two more exchanges planned under the project &ndash; one in March with young people from Latvia and one in April with Austria.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Healthy lifestyle among young people http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/357 <p>A meeting promoting healthy lifestyle among young people was held in Youth centre Plovdiv on 31.01.2017. The activity aimed at strengthening the knowledge and skills on preventing sexually transmitted diseases with a focus on HIV / AIDS and safe sex practices. The training module aims to empower young people and for this purpose the participants in the group planned a sports event, whose organization and implementation will be directly their responsibility.</p> Regional visit http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/359 <p>On 1<sup>st</sup> of February part of Youth Centre Plovdiv&rsquo;s team visited Hisariya where they held a non formal educational activity about the needs of the young people in the town. The topic of the event was defined by representatives of local municipality and the strategy of local authority for work with young people will be based on the results of the meeting. Official guest of the event was Penka Doykova &ndash; Mayor of Hisariya.</p> <p>The team of Youth Centre Plovdiv would like to thank Mrs Daniela Nikolova for the support for organizing the event, as well as to all the young people for their active participation.</p> <p>The regional visit is part of the main activities under BG 06-103 project &ldquo;Establishing a youth centre in the city of Plovdiv&rdquo; and there are three more upcoming visits.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Round table on the topic "My cool school" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/361 <p>On 21.02.2017 the team of Youth Center Plovdiv held the seventh round table on the topic "My cool school." The event was attended by over 50 students from 17 schools, including young people from Hissar. The aim of the roundtable was to motivate the young people for active participation in the educational process and to improve the realtion between teacher-student.</p> <p>The results of the roundtable will be sent to the directors of all Plovdiv schools.</p> <p>The team of the center thanks to &nbsp;all participants and official guests from the Education Department of &nbsp;Plovdiv Municipality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> "The opportunities of building a youth center in Hisarya" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/363 <p>A meeting with active young people was held on 27.02.2017 in the city of Hisarya, hotel "Augusta". The topic of the meeting was: "The opportunities of building a youth center in Hisarya". The young people got acquainted with the vision and mission of Youth center Plovdiv, they were consulted and through informal methods were challenged to answer the questions &ndash; why do we need a youth center; how can we realize this idea and who does this depend on; what do we want the center to offer in terms of services and opportunities for young people, etc. As a result of the meeting, the group of young people felt much more confident in their idea and with more competence on its implementation.</p> Handling our Emotions http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/365 <p>On the 11<sup>th</sup> of March 2017 Plovdiv Youth Centre carried out a non-formal educational activity with a young people coming from vulnerable social groups. The main theme of the activity was &lsquo;Handling our Emotions&rsquo;. Once again &ndash; through their participation &ndash; the young people had the chance to familiarise themselves with what non-formal educational methodology is. They active participated in various role plays and sketches enabled them not only to recognise different emotional conditions and states, but also to express and handle them.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Еxchange with young people from Latvia http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/367 <p><span>&nbsp;In the period 14-17 March Youth Center Plovdiv hosted an exchange with young people from Rezekne, Latvia from European Association "World - our home". The young people had the opportunity to learn about the activities and services of the youth center, to exchange experiences and contacts with young people from Bulgaria and to participate in non- formal educational activities on human rights, discrimination and active citizenship. The young people also had the opportunity to visit and get acquainted with the activities of NAVA &ndash; partner in the project "Establishing a Youth Center in the city of Plovdiv" and to meet with Mr. Georgi Titjukov &ndash; deputy mayor "Sports, youth activities and social policies&rdquo;, who presented local activities aimed at youth.</span></p> International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/369 <p><span>Youth Center Plovdiv&rsquo;s team held a discussion meeting on March 21 - "International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination." The discussion was attended by students from Plovdiv schools, volunteers from the National Alliance for Volunteer Action and representative of "Gender alternatives." During the meeting the young people had the opportunity to express their opinion on racism. Through an excercise from "Compass" participants took part in a role play and acted out people from vulnerable groups who most often become object of racial discrimination. Young people were presented with the legal framework of the Republic of Bulgaria concerning discrimination.</span></p> Emotional intelligence http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/371 <p>On 21.04.2017 a part of the team of&nbsp; Youth Center Plovdiv visited the village of Trud. During the visit the center's activities and initiatives were presented, as well as a non-formal training related to emotional intelligence.</p> Youth expo http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/373 <p>The first of its kind youth exhibition in Bulgaria "Create your future" started on 26.04.2017 in Youth Center Plovdiv. The initiator and organizer of the event is the National Network of Youth Centers, which includes the youth centers in Plovdiv, Vratsa, Dobrich and Stara Zagora, established under Program BG06 "Children and Youth at Risk", component 1 "Care for youth at risk". The event is attended by international youth centers from Portugal, Turkey, Lithuania, Armenia and Ireland, youth and volunteer organizations at local and national level. The main purpose of the exhibition, which will last until 28.04, is the exchange of experience between the participating organizations in the field of youth work. Non-formal educational activities are carried out in the halls of the youth center, parallel to the exhibition. Official guests of the event are Mr. Georgi Tityukov, deputy-mayor "Sports, youth activities and social policies", Plovdiv, Mrs. Maria Valova and Mrs. Maria Teodorova &ndash; representatives of the program operator the Ministry of&nbsp; Education and Science, the mayor of the &ldquo;West district&rdquo; Mr. Dimitar Kolev, the chairman of the municipal council Mrs. Savina Petkova, as well as municipal councilors</p> “A step back after a wrong turn is also a step in the right direction” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/375 <p>On 4th of May training of Leader Academy on the topic &ldquo;A step back after a wrong turn is also a step in the right direction&rdquo; was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv. Lecturer of the event was Andrey Iliev.</p> <p>The Leader Academy's main mission is to build a bridge between education in schools and universities and the necessary knowledge, skills, and qualities for success in the business world. The team of Plovdiv Youth Center thanks to all the participants as well as the initiators of the event Leo club - Plovdiv.</p> A meeting with young people from the town of Hissar http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/377 <p>On May 22, the team of Youth Center Plovdiv held another meeting with young people from the town of Hissar. The participants assessed the results of the activities carried out so far and planned future ones. The young people received certificates for active participation in the activities of the youth center. The meeting was attended by Penka Doykova, mayor of the town of Hissar, who thanked the team of Youth Center Plovdiv for their help and support in the development of local youth policies.</p> Сontinuity in the field of youth work http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/379 <p>This Saturday (27 May 2017) a long-term training course linked to continuity in the field of youth work was started. The main objective of the module is to increase and improve the knowledge and skills of young people who are already engaged in the organization of various events and initiatives as well as exchange good practices with the team of Youth Centre Plovdiv. The topic of the first meeting was planning and preparing activities in the field of non-formal education. Special thanks for the active participation of the representatives of "Leo Club - Plovdiv" and "PTPI - Smiles".</p> “Continuity in Youth Work” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/381 <p>On June 6, 2017 a non-formal educational activity which is as part of a long term training course - &ldquo;Continuity in Youth Work&rdquo; was held in Youth Centre Plovdiv. The topic of the meeting was efficient team work.&nbsp;</p> A summer English course http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/383 <p>A summer English course, level A1, started in Youth centre Plovdiv on 6<sup>th</sup> June. Children aged between 11 and 15 take part in the activities. The course aims at improving the language knowledge of the students through interactive educational methods and diverse educational games.&nbsp;</p> “The Artist in Me” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/385 <p>A club &ldquo;The Artist in Me&rdquo; was held &nbsp;in Youth centre Plovdiv on 8<sup>th</sup> June 2017. On the occasion of the upcoming birthday of our friends from &ldquo;Leo club&rdquo; the participants in the club made greeting cards, using the quilling technique.</p> Сlub "The artist in me" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/387 <p>On 21.06.2017 the club "The artist in me" was held in Youth center Plovdiv. The participants in the club have the opportunity to share with each other techniques for working with different materials such as clay, felt, paper, etc. as well as to make interesting and beautiful decorations, souvenirs and jewelery. In this way they develop their creativity and imagination and can discover their new hobby.</p> Exchange with young people from South Korean http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/389 <p>Between 3 and 5 July, &nbsp;Youth Center Plovdiv hosts an international exchange with young people from South Korean&nbsp; who visit Bulgaria at the invitation of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Participants in the exchange have the opportunity to participate in non formal training, together with young people from Plovdiv, to acquire knowledge about &nbsp;the activities of the youth center, as well as to sail along the Rowing Canal with the new Dragon Boats. Mr. Georgi Tityukov, Deputy Mayor of Sport, Youth Activities and Social Policy, officially opened the meeting.&nbsp;</p> A delegation from the Japanese city of Okayama visited Youth Center Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/391 <p><span>A delegation from the Japanese city of Okayama visited Youth Center Plovdiv and got acquainted with the activities and initiatives the centre offers. The guests from Japan are visiting Plovdiv to exchange good practices in connection with the membership of the city in UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.</span></p> Guest at the Youth Center Plovdiv was a Bulgarian-Italian youth group http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/393 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>Guest at the Youth Center Plovdiv was a Bulgarian-Italian youth group. The visit was a part of international exchange &ldquo;Children without borders &ndash; back in time&rdquo;. During the visit, young people learned about the main activities of the center, the methodology of work and had a tour around the city.</span></p> Information meeting with students from Stolipinovo http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/395 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>In line with the implementation of project "Support of Roma students for successful graduation of secondary education" financed by the Roma Educational Fund and the Ministry of Education and Science on 10.07.2017, the Center for Educational Integration of Children and Students from Ethnic Minorities (CICIDEM) and part of the team of Youth Center Plovdiv held an information meeting with students from Stolipinovo on granting scholarships for educational achievements of Roma students in 9th grade for the school year 2017/2018.</span></p> Youth Exchange of good practices http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/397 <div id="js_1io" class="_5pbx userContent" data-ft="{"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Youth Exchange of good practices, team building and health education activities took place within three days in Youth Center Plovdiv. The young activists from the town of Hisar, Youth Club "Inovator" and Leo Club Plovdiv took an active part in the activities carried out in the center. Apart from sharing good practices, the young people participated in a training &ldquo;Basics of robotics and arduino&rdquo;.</p> </div> <div class="_3x-2"> <div style="text-align: justify;" data-ft="{">&nbsp;</div> </div> Guest of Youth Center Plovdiv were young people part of the Youth Policy Council from the town of Pazardzhik http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/399 <p style="text-align: justify;">Guest of&nbsp; Youth Center Plovdiv were young people part of the Youth Policy Council from the town of Pazardzhik. During the visit, they were presented with the main areas of work in the centre, had the possibility to creatively presented their organization, and gave concrete suggestions for joint future initiatives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Educational workshops for children on the topic "Me and the world around me" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/401 <p style="text-align: justify;">Еntertaining educational workshops for children from 6 to 12 years and their parents on the topic "Me and the world around me" are held evey weekend at Youth Center Plovdiv from 11:00 to 13:00 o'clock. The goal is to develop knowledge in children about the different aspects of the world and nature through entertaining creative activities; to build positive attitudes and aesthetics, to stimulate freedom in communication, creativity, belief in their own abilities.</p> "The Artist In Me" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/403 <div id="js_3pc" class="_5pbx userContent" data-ft="{"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Club "The Artist In Me" continues with its activities at Youth Centre Plovdiv. The participants have the opportunity to share and develop their own ideas, have fun and create new friendships.</p> </div> <div class="_3x-2"> <div style="text-align: justify;" data-ft="{">&nbsp;</div> </div> Annual meeting of the Financial Mechanism of EEA http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/414 <p style="text-align: justify;">The Seventh Annual meeting on reproting the progress of the Financial Mechanism of Europen Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009 - 2014 is held in Plovdiv between October 12 and 13. Representatives of the National Coordination Unit of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, the Norwegian Embassy in Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria, the Embassy of Iceland in Brussels and the Office of the Financial Mechanism of the EEA participate in the event. The main aim of the meeting is the presentation of the most significant projects with beneficiary Plovdiv Municipality.Project BG 06 -103 "Establishing a Youth Center in Plovdiv" was presented as one of the best practices in this area of work of the municipality.</p> Region visit http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/431 <p>Part of the team of&nbsp; Youth Center Plovdiv visited "Hristo Botev" high school in Kalofer city, where was held an information meeting with young people and made a survey of their needs and interests. All participants shared the challenges for young people in the city and region through the "World Cafe" method. The grop was very dynamic and was actively involved in the interactive games prepared by our team. We are looking forward to our next regional visit!</p> Study visit in local high school “Luben Karavelov” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/433 <p>Youth centre Plovdiv&rsquo;s team visited local high school &ldquo;Luben Karavelov&rdquo; during the last week. There a non formal educational activity on the topic &ldquo;Forms of communications&rdquo; was held. During the visit the various services and activities provided in the centre were presented.</p> Aggression http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/435 <pre>.</pre> Financial literacy http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/436 <p>Each of us has some dreams - to study abroad, to become rich, to travel. Many of these are related to money. However, like other goods on Earth, they are limited and mostly unevenly distributed. This means that we need sufficient financial knowledge and skills to make the best decisions and increase our wealth, which will allow us to achieve our goals. These knowledge and skills we have are our financial literacy.</p> <p>During the training we will learn from Stoyne Vassilev how to set up a monthly budget, how to allocate the money, how to shop reasonably and how to afford more expensive things. We will also play the game "Smart Money", which will help us achieve our dreams. You ae welcome on February 10 (Saturday) at 14:00 in the building of OP Youth Center Plovdiv"!</p> <p>The event is geared toward young people aged 15 to 29, register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/1SbyxPj3omawIi296bobaZSWJfSgF89cMnLGHje7YEhE/edit?usp=forms_home</p> <p><br />Participation fee: BGN 10<br />&nbsp;The event is organized by: Youth Center Plovdiv<br />&nbsp;Lecturer: Stoyne Vassilev, financial consultant and creator of www.smartmoney.bg</p> "Tolerance" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/441 <p>The Plovdiv Youth Centre has begun working with a new group of young people, aged 15-17 . It was an initial get-to-know one another meeting. The non-formal activity was entitled &lsquo;Tolerance&rsquo;, which aimed at familiarising them with the non-formal educational methods. The group had the chance to participate in various activities and discussions on the above mentioned topic</p> А workshop of the youth centers was held in Lukovit http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/443 <p>In the period 27-30 November 2017. a workshop of the youth centers was held in Lukovit. It was attended by the BG06 Program Program and Youth Centers from the cities of Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Vratsa and Dobrich, members of the National Network of Youth Centers. The program of the meeting included developing a State Educational Standard for the profession of "youth worker", getting acquainted with details of the Local Development Program, Poverty Reduction and Improved Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups, developing a National Standard for Youth Centers, etc. During the meeting Youth Center - Dobrich was elected as the next chair centre of the National Network of Youth Centers. Until now, this function was carried out by the Youth Center - Plovdiv. New joint activities of youth centers in the national network are expected in the coming months.</p> Аn initiative of the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/445 <p>Part of the team of the Youth Center Plovdiv took part in the first of its kind weekend for urban games held in the Tobacco city - an initiative of the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Suggestopedia Centre "Vihrovenia" in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/454 Communicate as a Mini Machine: How to Win Others? http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/459 <p>Have you ever considered why in most job ads there is a requirement for "good communication skills"? And why in all the lists of the most important skills for success in the future the ability to communicate is always in the top three?</p> <p><br />It's very simple - the success in almost every endeavor involving other people depends almost entirely on communication. Which means that your success - in personal, academic and professional life - depends almost entirely on the way you communicate with others.</p> <p>So if you want to understand the basic principles of good communication and how to win friends, communicate effectively and inspire people around you - we are waiting for you on March 10 at 14:00 at Youth Center Plovdiv.</p> <p><br />And be ready for a challenge, because Misho Stefanov - the man who turns the young people into Bulgaria into real Mini Machines will expect you.</p> <p>Free entry</p> On February 8, we mark the Safer Internet Day http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/461 <p>On February 8, we mark the Safer Internet Day. The initiatives implemented on this day encourages more responsible use of online technologies and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.</p> <p>The Internet takes greater place in our daily lives, but we must not forget that it also hides dangers.Young people are usually not aware of the risk on the web.This cause concern for many parents who want to protect their children from harmful influence. To help you protect yourself and be more safe online, we have some tips to help you:</p> <p>1. Do not talk to strangers.</p> <p>Communicating with strangers on the Internet is no less dangerous than talking to them on the phone or in the street.</p> <p>2. Never give personal information!</p> <p>For example: name, password, address, work address, school address, personal phone, and more.</p> <p>3. Never send your own photos as well as photos of your family or friends!</p> <p>We do not know for sure who's on the other side.</p> <p>4. Do not respond to threatening messages!</p> <p>The person who sent them wants to hurt or offend you. You should not give it back!</p> <p>5. Do not open emails from an unknown sender!</p> <p>Content may be dangerous or contain a virus that can damage your computer.</p> <p>6. You need to be careful when someone offers something for free, especially if you don't know the person!</p> <p>The team of "Youth Center Plovdiv" has already introduced some young people from Plovdiv schools with these recommendations through informal activity.</p> <p>The reality is not usually the way it appears! Respect the rights of others and be responsible! Your attitude towards safety on the Internet is important to you and others around you!</p> How to make your dreams come true? http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/463 <p>"The goal is a dream with a deadline. "- Napoleon Hill<br />&nbsp;People who have well-developed goals are much more likely to do so and benefit from success, both professionally and in their personal lives.<br />The Seminar "How to Make Your Dreams a Reality?" is result oriented and will allow you to leave the indecision behind you, move boldly forward,be more self-confident, and develop a clear idea of ​​the right path to success.</p> <p>You will get an easy-to-follow framework to define your priorities and action steps you need to take to achieve your goals.<br />The evening seminar with Stoyan Tassev will help you determine the direction to follow by showing you the key to success.<br />At the seminar you will receive answers to the following key questions:<br />What is a goal?<br />Why does a person need goals?<br />How do we define our goals?<br />Are there any impossible goals?<br />What can I do after my dream come true?<br />What should I do if it does not work?</p> <p><br />Come to a different seminar where you and your future are important!</p> <p>Entrance fee: 20 BGN - Double ticket (You and your friend)<br />Book your place now at:<br />https://docs.google.com/.../1XoPA9njMJe8PuWcxmqUbaumIt_j.../edit<br />&nbsp;0888 900676<br />&nbsp;(the seats are limited)</p> <p>For the lecturer:<br />Stoyan Tasev is a consultant and lecturer in sales and negotiations. More than 1,500 people have passed through his training. His style is casual, alive, with constant audience interaction. The emphasis in his training is on simple, immediate solutions and action. The main enemy in his practice is boredom.</p> <p><br />The lecturer embodies success at the cost of his own efforts. The value of his knowledge lies in his rich sales experience, launched at a very early age.<br />More about the lecturer at: www.stoyantasev.com</p> <p><br />Do not miss the inspirational meeting with Stoyan Tasev!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Upbringing and cooperation of children - seminar evening http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/464 <p>Most current parents / teachers are educated in the model to encourage good / acceptable behavior and to punish bad / unwanted behavior. Therefore, our aspiration to educate children with understanding, empathy and mutual assistance also includes the effort to overcome this pattern.</p> <p>This is often a step that parents / teachers underestimate, and it plays a key role in how we respond to emotionally challenging situations.</p> <p>How to deal with this pattern is one of the questions of the evening.</p> <p><br />On the other hand, when choosing to connect with children, we choose to support them to feel their inner motivation. The discipline we would like to manifest much more easily follows internal motivation rather than persuasion.</p> <p>That is why the other questions of the evening will be:</p> <p>How can we encourage children in a way that links them to their inner motivation?</p> <p>How do we connect with children in situations where their behavior is not consistent with what we would like them to do without punishments?</p> <p>How do we invite co-workers with their children? And how is co-operation a natural child of the drive to contribute to family / class / class welfare?</p> <p>As it becomes clear from the description, the evening is appropriate for parents as well as for teachers / educators.</p> <p>The evening includes a brief theoretical presentation of the non-violent communication method and demonstration of the practice of the emotional conversation and gives a personal experience for each participant.</p> <p>When: February 22, 2018, 18:00 to 20:00</p> <p>Where: Youth Center Plovdiv</p> <p>&nbsp;Lecturer: Emilia Ilieva</p> <p>&nbsp;Hosted by: Youth Center Plovdiv</p> <p><br />Prices: BGN 30 - single participation, BGN 45 for a family / partner couple or for two representatives from the same school. Fees are paid in advance by bank transfer. You will recieve invoices.</p> <p>For further information and reservations: info@communication-academy.eu</p> Photo Exhibition "Street Stories" Alexander Karamfilov http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/465 <p><br />February is the month of love and wine, but they go hand by hand with culture. That's why you will come to the Craft Bar on the 19th of February at the photo exhibition "Street Stories" by the young Plovdiv photographer Alexander Karamfilov. You will see the black and white photos of the young artist which reminds us that the world where we live, especially on the streets is not gray,but it could be colourful if wer have the eyes to see it.<br />The exhibition will begin at 7 pm and it also with charity cause, because all the money gathered from the sells will go to help to someone in need. <br />The exhibition is the award for the photographer who won the competition "Plovdiv through my eyes", organized by Youth Center Plovdiv, at the end of last year.</p> <p><br />Let's enjoy the art with a glass of wine or whiskey in hand and a nice company.</p> Emotions and nonverbal communication http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/466 <p>Do we recognize our emotions? How do we control them? What does emotional intelligence mean? The answers to these questions will be found together on 27.02, from 2.00 pm. Through interactive methods We will explore the different types of emotions and the way we express ourselves beyond words. We will discuss the main elements of non-verbal communication, the ideas we build for our personality in others through our behavior, what our most characteristic gestures and mimics reveal about us.<br />The experience we will gain at our meeting will help improve our communication skills, make our self-expression more successful, and prevent conflicts that are most often caused by misinterpretation of our emotional state.</p> <p>All young people ready to provoke themselves are welcome!</p> <p>Free entrance</p> Open day for an open call http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/468 <p><span class="_4n-j _3cht fsl" data-testid="event-permalink-details"><span class="text_exposed_show">Come to Plovdiv!<br /><span> You know we are always ready to answer your questions! You can write to us at any time here: smallprojects@plovdiv2019.</span>eu, but we would love to see you and discuss #together each of the details and your questions. We will be expecting you on the 14th of March, from 12 PM to 6:30 PM at the Youth Center Plovdiv. <br /> Open Call &ldquo;Small Projects&rdquo; is aimed for those of you who want to be part of the Plovdiv &ndash; European Capital of Culture 2019&rsquo;s programme and realize your ideas in the form of an event and a project. It continues until 6th of April and aims to fund organizations, cultural operators, independent artists, and curators.<br /> The main focus will be the programme&rsquo;s three flagship projects &ndash; the Cyrillic alphabet, as a unique Bulgarian contribution to the European culture; work with different communities in the neighborhoods &ndash; related to the cluster Mahala, and different acts and interventions situated around the Maritsa River and Adata island. Applicants can submit projects outside the scope of the three flagships but they must also meet the main goals, criteria, and priorities of our preliminary programme. <br /> You can find detailed information here: <a href="https://goo.gl/9XU7jR" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" data-lynx-mode="asynclazy" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2F9XU7jR&amp;h=ATNc9wtzUaebDO1mWrTNsOmKcwLA_CP5HPSj-nIGPDtByLFFcWpR-5UczaDgdjIuXO6KbRwQsNJRVsKf7FByEBSNWt9JAgtQJaVZXZBONSVJ8h6grQ">https://goo.gl/9XU7jR</a><br /><span> Contact us here: smallprojects@plovdiv2019.</span>eu</span></span></p> How well do you know yourself http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/469 <p>Do you know that what we see on a daily basis influences our actions and is subject to unconscious situations and mechanisms? How well do we know ourselves and can we control?</p> <p>Within the "Rediscover Yourself" training we will focus on the two main challenges of our time - concentration and focus. We will use simulation games in which everyone can:<br />&bull; learn more about yourself;<br />&bull; to reveal its priorities and how to stop postponing them in time to develop in every aspect;</p> <p>&bull; beat the "monkey brain" and understand what the effect of "multitasking" is.</p> <p>We do not want to do much, but we will open the door, showing those things that attract us most, have the greatest meaning and bring us the most satisfaction.<br />Challenge yourself!</p> <p><br />Trainers:<br />Andrei Iliev<br />(Founder and Program Director, Leader Academy, Trainer "Cognitive Skills and Personal Efficiency")<br />Andrey graduated in Automatics at the Technical University of Sofia, "Bulgarian Philology" at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "participated in an academic year under the Erasmus exchange program at Universidad de Granada, Spain, studied International Business at New Bulgarian University and graduated from Cognitive Semiotics in Aarhus University, Denmark.</p> <p>What he specializes is in the field of memory, neurologistics, learning efficiency with focus on active learning and learning through experience by writing a master thesis on "Added and Virtual Reality in Education. The applicability of game-based learning and the virtual worlds of 'Second Life';<br />https://leader.education/andrei/</p> <p>Ekaterina Nikolopolu<br />&nbsp;Trainer "Communicative and Behavioral Skills"<br />Ekaterina is a Master of Psychology and is currently completing "Rotherica" ​​at Sofia University.<br />She leads the modules of communication skills - verbal and nonverbal communication at the Talent Factory in Sofia.</p> <p>Free entrance, pre-registered here:</p> <p>https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Abi-cmiom6qNeOTwFu8ODfw6YHqg1-ANcooZ5uTeu6g/edit</p> Emotions http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/471 <p>A non formal educational activity on the toipc "Emotions and non-verbal communication" was held on February 27, 2018 at 14.00 in Youth Center Plovdiv. Through interactive methods, the different kinds of emotions and ways in which we express ourselves beyond the words were explored. The participants discussed the main elements of non-verbal communication and the ideas we build for our personality through our behavior.The training aimed at improving the&nbsp; communication skills, at improving the individual self-expression, and prevention of conflicts that are most often caused by misreading of the emotional state.</p> Intercultural dialogue http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/473 <p><br />Between 21.02.2018 to 25.02.2018 under the framework of International Exchange, guests of Youth Center Plovdiv were young people from France and Germany. As part of their programme was the realization of nonformal activities with the main aim of intercultural dialogue.<br />The guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with their peers from the Plovdiv schools. Young people from different ethnicities and nationalities enjoyed and showed their specific differences. During the event, they were united and motivated to get to know the foreign culture and communication between the different communities.</p> Regional visit in the town of Rakovski http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/475 <p>A regional visit was held in the town of Rakovski on March 13, 2018. Part of the team of the Youth Center Plovdiv team presented students from High school Petar Parchevich&nbsp; with the activities and events in which they can actively participate. A reserch on the needs and interests of the young people was implemneted through a non formal activity.</p> Regional visit in the town of Brezovo http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/477 <p>Students from High school "Hristo Smirnenski" in the town of Brezovo were presented with the activities of the Youth Center of Plovdiv. Non-formal educational activity entitled "The Ideal Society" was implemented with their participation. The students shared their vision for creating a perfect world. They also shared what prevents us from living in an ideal society.</p> <div class="_3x-2" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;H&quot;}"> <div data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;H&quot;}"> <div class="mtm"> <div class="_2a2q" style="width: 476px; height: 476px;"> <div class="_52d9"> <div class="_52da"> <div class="_52db">+17</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Regional visit in the town of Karlovo http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/479 <p><br />Part of Youth Centre Plovdiv'S team visited High Scool "Hristo Prodanov" in&nbsp; the town of Karlovo. A mmeting with the students was held and a study on their needs and interests was implemented. Through work in groups the participants come up with creative ideas for improving their living conditions.&nbsp; </p> Regional visit in the town of Krichim http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/481 <p>On 27 March 2018, part of the team of OP "Youth Center Plovdiv" was on a regional visit in the town of Krichim. A non formal training with the topic&nbsp; "Ideal Society" was held. The participants had the opportunity to share their ideas and dreams as well as the challenges they face in their everyday lives.</p> Regional visit in the town of Sopot http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/483 <p>Representatives of Youth Center Plovdiv's team replaced the teachers during classes on March 26, 2018 in Ivan Vazov High school, the town of Sopot. Sofia, Mariana and Vesela presented the vision, the mission, the activities and the events of the organized in the youth centre. Through interactive games they conducted a survey on the needs and interests of young people in Sopot. The young people have come up with creative ideas on how to improve the environment in which they live, how to manage better their studying process and free time.</p> Communication and Media Training http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/485 <p>A training on the topic of "Communication and Media Behavior" was held On 27.03.2018 in Youth Center Plovdiv. The participants had the opportunity to understand more about the processes in the media and to enter the roles of journalists. Through nonformal methodology they have been involved in the world of public communications.</p> Suggestopedia Centre "Vihrovenia" in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/487 <p>Day of open doors in Youth Centre Plovdiv on 25.03.2018 for presenting the method of Classical Suggestopedia in partnership with Centre Vihrovenia.</p> Talk - inspire them http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/488 <p><span class="_4n-j _3cht fsl" data-testid="event-permalink-details"><br class="_4n-j _3cht fsl" data-testid="event-permalink-details" /></span></p> Young leader http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/489 Treasure Hunt http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/491 Treasure Hunt http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/492 <p>The fun game Treasure Hunt was held in Youth Center in Plovdiv on April 15, 2018 at 16 am. The activity was aimed at presenting the participants with their civil rights and obligations. Divided into two teams, the youngsters were looking for hidden treasures and through an interactive method they had the opportunity to learn about the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" to discuss how and why it is important to have an active citizenship position, and how we can protect ourselves if someone violates our rights.</p> Visit by European Union's Youth Directorates-General delegation http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/495 <p>On 19.04.2018. on an official visit to the Youth Center in Plovdiv were representatives form the European Union's Youth Directorates-General, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans. The center's team presented the delegation with the activities,the structure and management of the centre.</p> <p>Later they were welcomed in the city of Plovdiv by Deputy Mayor Georgi Tityukov, who introduced them to the architectural finds and the main sights of the city. The visit of the Directors-General is related to the European Youth Conference held during the Bulgarian Euro-Presidency.</p> <p><span class=" _2iem"><br /></span></p> Vocational Course “Waiter – Bartender” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/497 <p>The young people from the course for waiters, under the framework of the program "Serving Standards", successfully completed their vocational training for part of the profession "Waiter - Bartender". The director of the center - Dimitria Todorova-Andonova gave the certificates to the students.</p> <p>Vocational training was organized by training center "Konfezernetti Bulgaria" in partnership with Youth Center Plovdiv, whose aim was to provide modern training to young people for their successful realization in the labor market.</p> <p>We wish them good luck in their professional development!</p> Talk - Inspire them http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/503 <p>Attractive and interesting was the motivational training of Vesselina Gospodinova how to present ourselves verbally and non-verbally. The participants tested unique breathing and control techniques and received valuable guidance for developing their personality and self-esteem.</p> Youth Forum “Truth or Dare” http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/504 <p>Youth Forum "Truth or Dare" is the next event of Youth Center Plovdiv, aimed at expanding your horizons, your personal development and giving you new knowledge and skills. Within the two days, you will have the opportunity to learn the truth about stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, communication, partnerships, teamwork, safe surfing the Internet.</p> <p>You will be challenged by the best professional trainers in Bulgaria to think outside the box, to create ideas and projects and to present them successfully on the Internet!</p> <p>And not only that: we invite you to our special celebration - the Youth Center Plovdiv will be awarded with the Council of Europe Quality Label! For the center team this is an extremely important recognition of&nbsp; our work, but the most important thing is your trust in us!</p> <p>And one more surprise- there will&nbsp; be&nbsp; a prize for 5 of the most active young people&nbsp; who attended all lectures and trainings - Summer Youth Camp in Shabla!</p> <p>Looking forward to seeing you!</p> <p>The event is free of charge, pre-registered here: https: //goo.gl/98pqoP</p> <p>Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" works to improve the well-being of young people by providing modern programs and services based on the main European values: human rights, democracy, active citizenship and the rule of law.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Director - leader and innovator http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/509 <p>The team of Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" gladly welcomed the management and the pedagogical staff of 29 educational institutions from Plovdiv and the region on May 9, 2018. The event was a seminar on the topic "The Principal - Leader and Innovator" opened by the Deputy mayor George Tityukov and Dimitria Todorova - Andonova - director of the center.</p> <p>The participants in the event had the opportunity to get acquainted with the innovative approaches and methods of non-formal education, as well as with practices for motivation and leadership. They were also involved in the adventure of foreign language teaching with the center of classical suggestopedia "Vihrovenia".Our friends and partners from Center for Safe Internet presented their Cybersquat program and the challenges and risks on the Internet.</p> Quality Label of the Council of Europe http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/511 <p>Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" has been awarded with the Council of Europe Quality Label. The prize was given to deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov and the director of the municipal enterprise Dimitria Andonova today at an official ceremony by Gordana Berjan, Director of the European Youth Center in Budapest and Program Coordinator.</p> <p>The "Quality Label" is being developed to show that it is possible for youth centers to connect their activities with the Council of Europe's policies and share its values ​​by becoming part of a wider network that fosters activities in five specific areas - education, social work, youth development, knowledge and innovation, exchange of good practices across borders.</p> <p>The focus is on quality, not on quantity, and in order to obtain such a certificate, the centers undergo a very thorough assessment.</p> <p>Personally, deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov placed the Quality Label in a prominent position at the entrance to the youth center building.</p> <p>"This is a favourite place for both the young people in the city and those living in the region," said Georgi Tityukov and thanked for the efforts of all the people who supported the activities of the youth center.</p> <p>According to him, a lot of work has been done that has contributed to the realization of the project for establishment of the youth centre. Undoubtedly the support of Plovdiv Municipality was essential and it consists in the construction of the sports zone and the playground nearby.</p> <p>The ceremony was attended by the chairman of the municipal council, Savina Petkova, the mayor of West District of the city of Plovdiv Dimitar Kolev, the mayor of Trakia district Kostadin Dimitrov, municipal councilors, directors of municipal enterprises, and guests from the youth centers of Dobrich, Vratsa and Stara Zagora.</p> <p>Youth Center Plovdiv is the second in Bulgaria and the twelfth in Europe, which has been awarded. This happens after the center applied for&nbsp; the award in 2016 and it was visited in September 2017 by&nbsp; the Council of Europe experts.</p> <p>Their assessment is based on infrastructure and activities implemented by the youth workers and Roma mediators, who provide services for the young people seven days a week and completely free.</p> <p>"The award of the Quality Label means that we are already part of the international network of youth centers and we have international recognition, &bdquo;explained Dimitria Andonova.</p> <p>According to her, the team of the centre constantly works with young people from Plovdiv schools, and various campaigns are implemented in municipalities in the region.&nbsp; She also said that many meetings, discussions and trainings on human rights, discrimination, active citizenship, the rule of law, etc. were held.</p> <p>"Youth Center Plovdiv is a place with a lot of positive energy and youth-led activities. Youth policies, youth cooperation and the promotion of youth participation and quality work are key priorities of the Council of Europe. Our goal is to mobilize young people to participate in democratic processes, respecting their rights, regardless of gender, ethnic or social origin, sexual orientation, religious or cultural affiliation, &bdquo;said Gordana Berjan.</p> <p>In the summer months from June 4 to September 15, the Youth Center will provide the training halls and the sport area for three children's daycares organized by sports clubs.</p> Youth Forum - Day 1 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/513 <p>The first day of the Youth Forum "Truth or Dare" was emotional and filled with new knowledge, skills, contacts and smiles! The participants had the opportunity to learn from youth workers truths about models of communication, collaboration, networking and safety on the Internet.</p> Youth Forum - Day 2 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/515 <p>The second day of the forum offered experiences, lessons and a lot of laughter from famous and successful professionals. Good practices were shared by Justin Toms, Atanas Neychev and a man with a box on the head who taught us how to think outside of it - Michael Stefanov!</p> Kapana Fest http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/517 <p>The team of Youth Center Plovdiv presented part of its activities at Kapana Fest. The Acting Club, led by Vladimir Zombori, enchanted the audience with their performance and immense professionalism. Slavi, Janet, Eddie and friends performed some of the best Bulgarian hits, and our wonderful teacher - Dafi Partlska - entertained our smallest participants with handcrafted architectures of Kapana District. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and support, as well as the team of the center for the energy and enthusiasm.</p> Suggestopedia http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/523 <p><span>The first week of the Suggestopedia course for Children begins with many smiles, role-playing games, entertainment and songs. The kids have already begun to communicate with each other in English. And this week, there are still more adventures in the world of Suggestopedia!</span></p> Youth Ecological and Educational Camp in Town of Dobrich http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/525 <p>From 9th to 13th of July part of the team of Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" participated in Youth Educational and Ecological Camp. The camp is organized by the National Network of Youth Centers and is held in the town of Dobrich and the coast of North Black Sea. In the early days, the participants shared their expectations and fears, learned what is bio-capacity and measured their ecological footprint on our planet. They also carried out missions that promote environmental protection.</p> Youth Camp "Let's be Eco" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/527 <p>During the Summer Youth Camp "Let's be Eco", the participants made an eco-action and restored one of the observation platforms to the Shabla Tuzla. Then they&nbsp; visited the Green Education Center in Shabla, where they learned new and interesting facts about the region's natural wealth and archaeological heritage. The young people were divided in groups to make a video diary, a report and an article presenting the sites they visited: Green Educational Center, Shabla Lighthouse, Tyulenovo, Bolata, Botanical Garden and the Palace in Balchik, Honey House in Prilep Village. The action ended with games on the beach in Kranevo.</p> Summer Acadmy for the Children of Town of Hisarya http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/530 <p>At the Summer Academy for Children in Hisarya, part of "Youth Center Plovdiv" team held a training on the topic "Business etiquette and protocol". Through role-playing games and lots of fun, from 16 to 20 July&nbsp; young people from Hisarya had the opportunity to learn more about good manners in society, about the little things that led them to great success, and at the same time prepared to follow their aims. Special thanks to Nikolova D., Municipal Youth Club ,, Inovator - Hissarya" and all young people who have so actively involved in the activities!</p> International Day of Youth http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/532 <p>One of the main directions of work of Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" is the continuity in the youth work. This is why the center's team decided to organize a different activity devoted to August 12th (International Day of Youth). The members of center&rsquo;s team took on the role of participants and were involved in the entertaining games and dances prepared by the Municipal Youth Club "Innovator" from the town of Hissarya for the children from the Summer Sport School "Victoria Volley".</p> Opening of outdoor classroom with a bio-garden http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/557 <p>We are glad to invite you to the opening of the Educational Garden at the Youth Center Plovdiv on September 16, at 11.00 am! After several months of work by the team and volunteers from the city, we are ready to introduce you to the long-awaited place where children, young people, teachers and nature will be one thing - they will communicate, learn, care and have fun. There, they will get knowledge of nature through real practical work - gardening, caring for vegetation that will be planted and grow, produce materials and tools themselves, listen to good examples in the specially constructed facility. In the garden there are models of permaculture and allopathy, a variety of gardening practices will be tested.</p> <p>We are expecting you on Sunday to tell you more about our ideas and planned activities by the end of the season, sowing together vegetables and flowers.</p> <p>The educational garden is built thanks to the financial support of the Vilo Foundation and the Plovdiv Youth Center.</p> <p>Free entry</p> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> International Conference on Youth Policy Standards in the Western Balkans http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/559 <p>In the period 13-15 September part of the team of "Youth Center Plovdiv" participated in an international conference in line with the standards of the youth policies in the Western Balkan countries. An assessment of the current youth policy measures in Macedonia, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Bulgaria was presented during the event. The main challenges in terms of youth policies, as well as the opportunities for overcoming them, were discussed.</p> Officially opening of outdoor classroom with a bio-garden http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/561 <p>Today, the Educational garden of Youth Center Plovdiv was officially opened in the presence of inspired children, parents and representatives of the sponsor Wilo Bulgaria Foundation accompanied by Deputy Mayor of Sport, Youth Activities and Social Policy Georgi Tityukov. We thank everyone without whose invaluable support this exciting natural place would not be a reality. We are particularly grateful to the children and young people who will learn, acquire new knowledge and develop skills in the purest and most genuine way, just as they do the best!<br /><br />The wonderful wooden educational materials and signs made for us with much desire Darvenitsa \ Darvenitsa and Studio TRION / Atelier TRION. <br /><br />We are looking&nbsp; forward to the educational workshops in the garden every Saturday and Sunday, follow the topics here: Educational workshops "Youth Center". <br /><br /><br /></p> Youth Forum "Truth or Dare" 2 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/562 <p>After the successful first part of the forum in May and in order to keep the ideas and activities in the youth work succession, we organize a second edition of the forum "Truth or dare - I challenge you to be.". This time, the goal will be to explore the relationship and interaction between art and learning, as well as a kind of provocation to the existing formal educational methodology. Awesome lecturers and themes, games, entertainment, art and .. new people are expecting you! Join us!</p> Course in Italian Language http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/563 <p>The Youth Center Plovdiv gives you the opportunity to start an amateur course in Italian language in October. We will dive into the culture, language and art of one of the most beautiful European countries - Italy. This cultural adventure is oriented towards learning Italian in a creative and fun way, based on both grammatical features and listening comprehension, practical speech and role-playing. We will touch the beauty of the Italian language with the help of Nikolina, an Italian language teacher who has lived in Italy for many years. We will communicate, create, play together to make this adventure unforgettable.</p> <p>The training program is developed by the Progetto Italiano system, which is the only one recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science. The course is for beginners and introduces the grammar of the Italian language, sets the basics of colloquial practice, provides basic vocabulary. It covers the level of language proficiency - A1 (according to the European Language Framework). The course starts in the beginning of October and will take place twice a week in the Plovdiv Youth Center, with a duration of 2 hours. The exact days and hours, as well as additional details, will be specified with each person on a preliminary meeting.</p> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> Programming Club Coder Dojo http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/565 <p>Coder Dojo Plovdiv - the newest club in the world's largest Coder Dojo family - free programming clubs - over 60 worldwide. https://www.coderdojo.bg/</p> <p>With the help of Robopatri Plovdiv / Robot Birthday and Robotiline and volunteers, children between the ages of 6 to 17 can explore the possibilities of technology and learn how to create manageable models, programs and games. The learning process in the clubs is casual, extremely entertaining and takes into consideration the age and level of children.<br /><br />Training in two age groups: 1.Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) training - for children over 6 to 8 years. 2.Micro: bit-training for children over 9 years. It is necessary for the children to come with their own laptop or tablet. <br /><br />It is important for children to wear their own tablets and laptops in the Micro: Bit group, as well as to attend all 5 workshops<br /><br /></p> Social Entrepreneurship for Young Community Media Makers http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/567 <p>In line with the implementation of the project "Social Entrepreneurship for Young Community Media Makers" (SEYMM), implemented by the "ZGURA-M" - Information and Professional Orientation Center, young people from Portugal, Turkey and Brazil visited and were engaged in the activities of Plovdiv Youth Center . The training team of the center has included them in the adventure of non-formal education on the topics "Emotions and Non-verbal Communication and" Media and Communication ". <br /><br /><br /></p> Youth Forum: Truth or Dare 2 http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/569 <p>Over 80 young people from all over the country have been inspired for change on the second Youth Forum "Truth or Dare - Challenge You To Be" at Youth Center Plovdiv last weekend. The event brought a huge interest to young people who were involved in activities based on &nbsp;untraditional methods of learning, communicating and uniting. They had the opportunity to touch Suggestopedia, Orph Sulverk Methods, Visual Ideas and Music Therapy, together with the lecturers Vesela Lupke -Valkova, Ina Petkova and Svetla Todorova.</p> <p>Through various art activities - graphic drawing, playing, singing, storytelling, the young people have discovered unsuspected creative and communication qualities and skills that are waiting to be developed. Youth workers from the center's team have provoked the adolescents to go beyond established forms and rules, and inspire a change in patterns of communication and break the stereotypes.</p> <p>A lot of fun, positive emotions and new friendships brought the event to the youngsters who confirmed they would pass on their peers' valuable experience. The center's team said the forum would evolve as non-formal education ideas and practices and build on the next editions. An event for teachers and directors is expected soon, with guest lecturers presenting different forms of learning through experience, emotional sharing and the results of the youth forum.</p> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <p>&nbsp;</p> "Do you know your rights?" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/602 <p>Part of Youth Centre Plovdiv team visited High School &lsquo;&rsquo;Hristo Botev&rdquo; in the town of Kalofer, where a non formal educational training on the topic: &ldquo;Do you know your rights?&rdquo; was implemented. Students fro 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> grade were divided in two teams and were searching for hidden treasures and through this interactive game discussed the &ldquo;Convention of the Children&rsquo;s Rights&rdquo;. They have learned that it is important to express their position while at the same time take responsibility and respect the rights of the others.</p> Cyberscouts training http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/604 <p>25 students from 5<sup>th</sup> grade from High School &lsquo;&rsquo;Sofronii Vrachanski&rdquo; were trained under the &lsquo;&rsquo;Cyber scout &ldquo; Programme. Part of Youth Centre Plovdiv team held the training, since the center is official partner of the National Center for Internet Safety. On the first day, participants discussed the biggest risks for children on the internet and how to deal with them. On the second day, students took part in role-playing games, through which they practiced the three roles of the cyber scout: to be example for responsible and safe behavior online; to give advices to peers in case of trouble in internet; to organize and implement public activities. In the next two months, cyber scouts will have the opportunity to participate in a national competition for best public activity where part of the jury will be the trained experts from the Youth Center Plovdiv.</p> Palestinian tawn wants to exchance good practices http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/605 <p><span class="_5yl5"><span>The mayor and representatives of the Palestinian municipality Dura were amazed by the infrastructure and the activities of Youth center Plovdiv during their visit today. The team of the center together with the deputy mayor Mr Georgi Titiukov presented the main programs and services that the center offers for the young people from the city and the region of Plovdiv. The guests were impressed of what they saw and they expressed their will for future cooperation for the construction such center in Palestina,which will provide the young people with place for development.</span></span></p> Meeting of the Programme Operator with the teams of the Youth Centres, financed from EEA Grants 2009-2014 in Plovdiv http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/608 <p><span>In the period 10-11 December 2018, a meeting was held at the Youth Center in Plovdiv with the teams of the youth centers from the towns of Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Dobrich and Vratsa, which were established under the Financial Meachanism of the European Economic Area. At the meeeting representativesof the youth centres shared their main achievments in their work for the last year, their plans for the next one as well as their long term plans. In favor of their future project representatives of each municipality has spoken: Mr Georgi Titukov - deputy mayor of Plovdiv Municipality; Mrs Ivanka Sotirova - deputy mayor of the town of Stara Zagora, Dr Emilia Baeva - deputy mayor of the town of Dobrich and Mr Denislav Georgiev representative of Vratsa Municipality. The director of the Programme Operator - Mrs Tsvetana Gerdzhikova presented the main requirements to the project proposals for expanding the scope of the centre's activities, for the new programme period of EEA 2014 - 2021.</span></p> "The art of public speaking" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/612 <p><span>The three month course for young people on the topic "The art of public speaking" started on January 19th in Youth Centre Plovdiv. The organizers and leaders of the course Georgi Stoyanov and Dimitar Todev had prepaired variety of games and activities, aiming at placing the participants in different situations that happens during presentation. Every one recieved the first part of the guide for presentators, whose authors are the two leaders. The combination of work in groups, discussions and challanges has contributed to the good mood of the young people.</span></p> Youth forum "Truth or Dare 3 - New Perspectives" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/615 <p><span>The third edition of the Youth Forum "Truth or Dare 3 - New Perspectives", which took place on 16th and 17th of March in the building of Youth Center Plovdiv was filled in with many emotions, fun, many new friendships and memorable moments. Over 40 young people from all over the country took part in the event. In this part of the forum the participants had the opportunity to look at the world through the eyes of the other. The youth workers from the center challenged them to express themselves in different forms, but also to take on roles in order to rethink the world around them. Through the art of social change - Forum Theater, young people have received inspiration to fight against violence and injustice in life. Thank you all for your energy and willingness to participate, for the creative and well done work, for the trust and shared moments together. We are looking forward to the next events.</span></p> Cyberscouts training in the city of Septemvri http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/617 <p>Students from fifth grade were trained of the "Cyberscouts" program in the period 21-22 March at Secondary School "Hristo Botev", in the town of Septemvri. They were informed about the dangers that occur in the online space and the ways to deal with them. The training inspired the students to create their own teams and join a race to win the national competition.</p> Cybercouts training in the town of Yakoruda http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/619 <p>In the period 26-28 March, the team of Youth Center Plovdiv conducted another training of students under the program "Cyber Scouts" part of the National Center for Safe Internet in the town of Yakoruda. Over 30 children have gone through the challenges of the method&nbsp; "peers teach peers " and eagerly await to support and help their classmates.</p> Hotel animation course http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/621 <p>&nbsp;A three-day course&nbsp; "Animators in 4 and 5-star resorts ", which was targeting young people aged 15-29 was held for the second consecutive year in Youth centre Plovdiv in the period 29-31 of March. Choreographers, actors, dancers and coaches prepared the trainees for the fun challenge. The Hotel animation training gave young people the confidence to communicate with different people and to develop new presentation skills. This was an opportunity for the young people to express their personal talents and creativity, to improve their foreign language skills, to create new friendships and master a new profession. This provides the young people with the necessary skills for seasonal employment in hotels and resorts in Bulgaria and abroad.</p> Educational forum "New possibilities" in town of Dimitrovgrad http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/623 <p>Еducational forum "New Possibilities" was held in the town of Dimitrovgrad on 15.04.2019. The entirely new format, which the municipal enterprise&nbsp; "Youth Center Plovdiv" organizes, aims to strengthen the civic activity of young people. The forum was attended by young people from the municipal parliament in the town of Dimitrovgrad. With great interest were welcomed the topics that the lecturers Misho Grablev and Sabina Bodurova presented to them. The "professions of the Future" module was complemented by the young people who shared their choice - curator, journalist and actor.</p> Educational forum "New possibilities" in town of Sopot http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/625 <p>Educational forum "New Possibilities" was held in the town of Sopot on 16.04.2019. The second day of the exciting adventure in the town in which creativity comes to life, the young people learned new things about professions of the future. There were various questions about youth participation and a discussion about the free opinion of young people and the opportunities for them.</p> Educational Forum "Out of the Frame - Moderators of the Future" http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/627 <p>The third edition of the Educational Forum "Out of the Frame - Moderators of the Future" was held on 18.04.2019. Directors and a pedagogical staff of the schools and kindergartens in the city of Plovdiv and the region took part in it. Participants were provoked to enter into various roles, as well as to take part in the Forum Theater performance, which is part of the "Theatre of the Oppressed&ldquo;.</p> Cybercouts training in the town of Kardzhali http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/632 <p>Part of the team of Youth Center Plovdiv conducted the next training under the program "Cyberscouts" in Primary School "St. St. Kiril and Metodii&rdquo; in town of Kardzhali on 22 and 23 of April. 30 students and their teachers were trained. The team introduced to them the three main roles of the cyberscout, namely: to be an example for safety use of Internet; to advise their peers on encountered problems and to conduct public activities on this topic. We are delighted that students accept their role as cyberscouts with great enthusiasm and are ready to help their classmates and friends.</p> Tolerance: exploring stereotypes and prejudices http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/634 <p>Part of the team of Munisipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" organized an activity with young people from Turkey, Finland, Poland, Ireland and Bulgaria on 08.05.2019. The topic they presented to the youngsters was&nbsp; "Tolerance: exploring stereotypes and prejudices". The event was part of a project of EasyEnglish LTD.</p> Youth Centre Plovdiv Hosts International Training of the Council of Europe http://youthcentre.plovdiv.bg/en/detail/9/636 <p><span>Youth Center Plovdiv hosted the Fourth International Training for education</span><span lang="EN-US">al staff members</span><span>&nbsp;and youth workers from the centers with Council of Europe&nbsp; "Quality label". In the priod May 14-17 participants were introduced with innovative approaches for embedment of human rights education (through art, sport and outdoor activities) in the services and programmes of the centres they represent . The team of Youth Center Plovdiv not only took an active part in training, but also included in the implementation of educational activities. The Council of Europe's annual training is also an opportunity to build long-term future collaborations between youth centres.</span></p>