Place for You

Name of the organization: Association FOR YOU
Website: foryoubg.org

Brief description of the organization

Association FOR YOU is an NGO working for the public benefit. It is located in Varna, Bulgaria. The purpose of the association is to increase intercultural understanding and tolerance among young people from different backgrounds and origins and that is why its efforts are focused on youth initiatives.

To do so, the association aims at creating an international dialogue between youngsters from different parts of the planet, which in turn will contribute either to positive transformations, personal or for society as a whole. Accordingly, the team has strong experience with different kinds of international, national and local youth projects. The team members also organize diverse activities involving youngsters in a disadvantaged situation, ranging from leisure activities to master classes, and including workshops and seminars.

The Association FOR YOU scope of work includes:

  • Volunteering: it is both sending and receiving volunteers under the European Solidarity Corps scheme
  • Internships: the organization provides traineeships and internships for students enrolled in higher education and recent graduates
  • Local projects: the organization cooperates with local organizations on cultural and sports initiatives contributing to expanding Varna‚Äôs development in this regard
  • Disadvantaged people: the team endeavours to improve living conditions and involvement in the society of young people in disadvantaged life circumstances

The values of the Association FOR YOU can be summed up in a few sentences: They believe in equal rights to everyone no matter the background nor any kind of social, financial or ethnic difference, including the right to education and decent work, equal opportunities and the right to participate fully in society.

Problem addressed by the good practice

The main goal is to create a place for anyone to be safe, a place where local and international youth can feel confident and acquire skills that will allow them to be more self-sufficient and proactive.

Target groups

The target group is young people with various backgrounds.

Summary of the good practice

Atelier Place for You is a place for creative workshops, cooking classes, language activities, non-formal training and cultural events. The main idea from the very beginning is to create a warm and welcoming environment. This is a place for entertainment, creativity, and social contacts for both the participants in a disadvantaged situation and other youngsters involved in the project.

Evaluation

Place for You is already a well-established activity with traditions, taking place for quite a while already. The first atelier was organized in February 2011. Since 2017, the workshop gets a special place dedicated to it and since June 2019 Association FOR YOU has begun offering creative art workshops for children with learning difficulties. The young people who have attended the activities happening in Place for You share very positive feedback and really appreciate the possibility to have a space for them, where they can freely create, learn, express themselves and acquire new skills.

Recommendations

The young people who have attended the activities happening in Place for You share very positive feedback and really appreciate the possibility to have a space for them, where they can freely create, learn, express themselves and acquire new skills.

Resources

Information can be found on the Association FOR YOU website and on Facebook.

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