Democracy and participation, Communities

Fill in blank spots


Who is behind this?

Ilina Moutafchieva

National Youth Forum Bulgaria


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We are determined to put color in “blank spots” on a local level, mainly in the countryside, by having 12 trainings, with accent on democracy, community engagement and grassroute youth work. The main reason from "them" is not only the lack of information or funding, but the lack of knowledge for community activism and skills, mainly how to resolve community problems on local level. We plan to encourage youngsters to build positive change in their hometowns and villages.

Where will your idea take place?

Our plan is to work in towns and villages in Bulgaria outside the big cities

Why does Europe need your idea?

The project will develop knowledge in 240 young Bulgarians for democracy, community activism and engagement. The Community Education Facilitators /CEF/ methodology is project outcome based on partnership between organizations from Scotland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria

What is your impact?

240 young people will participate in trainings and develop their competences. Beyond that they will have the task to identify and work on a community problem, achieving positive change. A year after we will have new ”coloured”spots’ in Bulgaria with youth activism and new network of partners.

How do you get there?

NYF will collaborate with municipalities and member organizations to reach young people.We will develop a map of blank spots. In each place trainers will work with a group of 20 - 25 participants. The methodology we are using is a combination of good practices from different European countries. After the training the participants will implement the knowledge on a local level, promoting the idea of a Community activist. Unfortunately, this idea is still uncommon on an national level.

What is your story?

Building responsible communities, we believe, by young Bulgarians, is the key to better Bulgaria and Europe. We want to encourage social development in “blank spots”, and to inspire them for action - to initiate and involve into positive social changes on local level.

Who are you doing it for?

The target group are young people outside big towns who are usually not involve in youth activities. One day these young will probably decide the Bulgarian and European future. Stakeholders are local authorities and local community.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are open to any advice and comments from others on the platform. We consider the application process through the platform as a great chance to upgrade and improve our inner capacity.



Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 15, 2018

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