Project "Youth centre Plovdiv - a Powerful Factor for Local Development"

Project: BGLD-1.003-0002 Youth Center Plovdiv - a powerful factor for local development
Project promoter: Municipality of Plovdiv
- Research and Communications Fund, Sofia, Bulgaria,
- Norsensus Mediaforum, Oslo, Norway
Budget: 1,050,077 euro (2,053,740.60 BGN)
Start of the implementation: July 1st, 2020
Duration of project implementation: 46 months
Project description: The main objective of the project is to expand the territorial scope of the Youth Center Plovdiv, introduce ongoing, new and innovative activities to meet the needs of youth up to 29, and also persons outside the group of young people, i.e. children, parents and others including representatives of vulnerable groups. The project activities will cover the entire Plovdiv region and will be based on an analysis of the needs of young people in order to develop and propose attractive, innovative and quality services, informal training, and stimulate civic participation and empowerment of young people.

The specific objectives of the project are to increase the number of youth activities; stimulate the development and implementation of youth initiatives; perform field and mobile work in Plovdiv district settlements; ensure an access to the Youth Center activities for disadvantaged youth and vulnerable groups; develope a package of innovative and up-to-date activities tailored to the young people needs; increase the number of participants in various initiatives, trainings, etc.; support the active participation of users from different age groups; improve the quality of the the services provided by Youth Center Plovdiv so far; provide opportunities for exchange of experience with organizations from donor countries and European partners and participation in joint campaigns, initiatives and trainings of the National Network of Youth Centers.

The expected results from the implementation of the project activities are: improvement of the access of young people to Youth Center Plovdiv services; increased social and economic development of less developed municipalities; provision of innovative and upgrading services in order to attract and socially involve youth including from vulnerable groups, etc.; activate the participation of youth and persons outside this group in the Center activities; improve the cooperation and relations with donor countries; upgrade MC Plovdiv activity, increase the capacity of MC employees, i.e. youth workers, mediators, etc.

A bit more about non-formal education:

Municipal Enterprise "Youth Centre Plovdiv” provides specialized programmes and services for young people aged 15 - 29 years. The centre’s team consists of youth workers and Roma mediators, who are trained by experts of the Council of Europe for implementing activities in the field of youth work. As a result, a wide range of training modules, based on the non-formal methodology, has been developed.

Non-formal education is purposeful learning that takes place in a diverse environment. It is voluntary and based on learners and their individual needs. A number of key competencies and skills supporting the personal and professional development of the participants are developed thanks to the non-formal education.

The main non-formal education modules in which young people have the opportunity to participate are in the field of civic education and human rights, nonviolent communication, overcoming aggression, career guidance, healthy lifestyle.

Project № BG06-103 "Establishing a Youth Centre in the City of Plovdiv" under the programme "Children and Youth at Risk", component 1 "Care for Youth at Risk" with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014.

Project № BGLD-1.003-0002 "Youth Centre Plovdiv - a powerful factor for local development" under the programme “Local development, poverty reduction and enhanced inclusion of vulnerable groups” funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021.