International exchange with young people from Norway in OP "Youth Center Plovdiv"

🔙In the period March 18-22, 2024, the Plovdiv Youth Center hosted an international exchange with young people from Norway. During their visit, the participants had the opportunity to take part in activities organized and presented by the Center's team together with young people from the "Youth in action 2" training program. Our partner from the Norwegian organization "Norsensus Mediaforum", Norsensus Mediaforum, also participated in the management of topics, as well as active young people with a special edition of their youth initiative. During the week of the exchange, our guests were also part of the training team that conducted the long-term training program for the teams of the Youth Centers in Bulgaria - Margarita Spasova and Jaffer Saatcha.
🧩 The exchange started with a welcome from the Youth Center team and continued with an introductory activity in which all participants introduced themselves. The program review was implemented in a short activity in which the youth had an active role. This was followed by an explanation of the educational objectives of the exchange and a survey of the group's expectations.
🎤Young people who stepped into the shoes of trainers presented topics from the second edition of the manual. Janet Lazarova and Pepita Krasteva organized and conducted the topic "Presentation Skills". They provoked the Bulgarian and Norwegian youth to try different breathing, diction and intonation and stress management techniques to use to improve their public speaking skills. The activity ended with a team performance aimed at informing and conveying emotion to the audience.
👥 The topic "Working with vulnerable groups" was prepared and led by Galabina Atanasova and Eda Khairula. Stereotypes and prejudices were discussed at length by the group, provoked by the experiential activity for a cultural exhibition. In teams, the youth presented several countries with their traditions, customs, stories, foods and more. In the final conversation, the participants reflected on their own attitudes and worldviews, the consequences caused by stereotypical ways of thinking and realizing the power of influence when interacting with communities created by groups of people with diverse worldviews.
🎨 Our partner from Norway, Vedat Sevincher, introduced his topic in the manual, namely "Campaign Planning". The youth were introduced to the "Design Thinking" method, as well as the importance of identifying the target audience for a particular campaign or media product. They went through various activities through which they acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to plan a media campaign in an appropriate way.
📲 Within the framework of the exchange, we managed to realize a special edition of the youth initiative "The Dark Side of Social Networks". It was organized by students Iliyan Iliev, Kaloyan Goranov and Stoyan Lambov, activists in various events, as well as in those of the Center. They presented their opinion about the excessive involvement of people in social networks and gave examples with personal stories and experiences.
💡Atanas Latev and Leonardo Slavchev were the next trainers. They prepared and presented the topic "Leadership". Participants were introduced to the topic, distinguishing the concepts of "leader" and "boss" and creating portraits with their main characteristics and distinctive features. The group was also involved in an experiential obstacle course activity where everyone tried to be the leader and the led. The last activity was related to the division into teams, in which the young people solved different crisis cases.
🎯 The exchange ended with the Youth Conference on Digital Media Literacy "Youth in action 2", in which the results of the training program were reported, as well as certificates were awarded to those who completed it. After that, the young people embarked on a quiz challenge about the city of Plovdiv and visited its sights.
🔎 The activity is implemented under the project "Youth Center Plovdiv - a powerful factor for local development" under the program "Local development, poverty reduction and improved inclusion of vulnerable groups", financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021.

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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.