The Center

On January 27, 2014 Stara Zagora Municipality signed a contract for the provision of grants for implementation of the project: BG - 06 101 "International Youth Center for children and youth at risk" in the city of Stara Zagora.

The project is funded through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, with the financial support of the Republic of Iceland, Principality of Liechtenstein and Kingdom of Norway.

The project includes activities for integration of youth at risk, as well as repair - r

As primary mission, the Centre serves the youth sector and the young people.

  1. The main focus of the Centre’s program are young people and those who work with and for young people.
  2. Large part of the educational activities in the Centre comply with the non-formal educational profile.
  3. The Centre provides training based on the non-formal learning methods, aimed at young people.

The Centre offers a tolerant and safe work environment that is based on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, human rights, including those of the minorities.

The fundamental characteristics are pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality.

  1. The Centre demonstrates consistency of actions and activities through its working practices in line with the values of the Council of Europe.
  2. The Centre is accessible for young people with special needs.

The Centre contributes to the orientation of the youth policies.

  1. The Centre is a place where the diversity of stakeholders reflect on the formation of youth policies.
  2. The Centre is engaged in direct advocacy for youth policies.
  3. The Centre regularly exchanges youth policy proposals with the public authorities responsible for youth.

The Centre ensures the participation of young people, youth organizations and associations in developing their concepts and programs.

  1. The Centre provides best practices in developing youth oriented programs and concepts.
  2. The Centre is an ally of the youth societies, advocating for them before decision-makers; It takes into account the views and opinions of young people when making and implementing youth policies.
  3. The Centre calls for the expertise of youth organizations, associations and bodies, which have similar specific competencies to enrich certain activities.
  4. The Centre develops key activities and best practices with the participation of young people, youth organizations, associations and structures.

The Centre promotes the values of the Council of Europe.

  1. The nature of the program and working philosophy of the Centre is based on the values of the Council of Europe: respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
  2. The Centre promotes the priorities of the youth structures to the Council of Europe by actively directing to human rights education, intercultural cooperation and others.

The Centre promotes international cooperation in the youth sector.

  1. The Centre hosts and promotes international and multilateral activities.
  2. The Centre is involved in a wider European / international collaborative working framework of the youth sector.
  3. The Centre is investing efforts to increase best practices from international level (Council of Europe, EU, UN, specific networks) and to spread knowledge and values through training and promotional activities at national, regional and local level.

The main objectives will be achieved through activities that will be organized in the Centre such as:

  1. Seminars
  2. Debates
  3. Forums
  4. Discussions
  5. Lecturers
  6. Conferences
  7. Exchange of good practices

The Centre has a clear mandate of public authorities.

  1. The Centre is built and managed by Stara Zagora Municipality. It works in close collaboration with other municipal departments responsible for youth initiatives and policies.
  2. The municipality of Stara Zagora is providing the mandate for the Centre to apply for the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres with decision No 658/28.03.2013 of the Municipal Council of Stara Zagora.

The Centre has indoor educational personnel, which assists the activities.

  1. The centre demonstrates the competence of its staff for value based non-formal educational activities with an international dimension.
  2. The staff is aware of how the non-formal education produce results and understands its role in supporting the activities towards young people.

The Centre provides infrastructure suitable to international activities

  1. The working conditions in the centre are suitable to different formats of activities, interactive methodology activities as well as seminars, conferences and policy meetings.
  2. The centre can provide solutions for groups who wish to work with simultaneous interpretation.
  3. The key staff members have English language competencies.

The Centre promotes the programs of the Council of Europe.

  1. The publications of the Council of Europe are prominently displayed and are available for distribution among participants and visitors.
  2. The staff of the centre know about the relationship to the Council of Europe and can give relevant information about it to participants.