Project BGLD-2.001-0001 “Establishment of Youth Center in Pernik – a model for high standards of youth work”, financed under the Program “Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Enhanced Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups”, Priority Axis “Improved Social Inclusion of Children and Youth”

Beneficiary: Municipality of Pernik
Budget: 1,894,465.00 euros (3,705,194.65 BGN)
Implementation period: 40 months
(20.10.2020 – 20.02.2024)

Intermezzo Ungdomsorganisasjon, Norway
Vojvodina Environmental Movement, Sremski Karlovci, Serbia

Target audience
Young people aged 15 to 29.

Through the implementation of the project “Establishment of youth center Pernik – a model for high standards of youth work” we create preconditions for the development of quality youth activities and policies at local, national and international level. The project is built on the efforts of the municipality of Pernik to support and develop youth activities in the city. The center is developing activities in several major areas, including activities for social inclusion and inclusion, training and educational modules, development of international relations with organizations with a similar vision and mission. The Youth Center is working with concern for all young people, regardless of their ethnic, social, cultural and religious backgrounds, with a view to making a positive impact in their lives. The target group will be actively involved in the process of organizing events and educational activities. The activities of the Youth Center meet the needs of young people. Based on modern training programs the center works to support the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes. A special focus in the activities of the youth center – Pernik are young people from vulnerable groups – representatives of ethnic minorities, youth from social institutions, those who are at risk and / or dropped out of the educational system, as well as those who, for one reason or another, fail to successfully adapt to the communities in which they live. Establishing an appropriate infrastructure that offers beds, dining areas and halls for various training and entertaining activities, combined with qualified educational staff from youth workers and mediators, is a prerequisite for recognizing the youth center as an attractive place for young people in the city. The proximity of the city to the capital creates a precondition for the realization of a number of strategic youth events at national and international level.