On 29 September the New Youth Territory in Gabrovo open its doors and in the very day of the official opening a working discussion took place. It was entitled Youth Territory and New Opportunities for Young People in Gabrovo. 45 young people participated: young people, heads of school councils, representatives of school clubs with schools in Gabrovo, pedagogic advisors, representatives of youth groups and organisations, representatives of the municipality of Gabrovo, etc. During the working discussion YMCA – Gabrovo presented its ideas and possibilities for using the new youth territory. The participants discussed their needs, ideas and interests for efficient use of the new territory for the development of young people and providing adequate support for children and youth in disadvantaged position.
The main programmes already implemented in the new youth territory are:
- Programme Youth Volunteers - in support of their local community - two year training programme for young leaders and providing consultative support to youth organisations;
- Training services and initiatives for volunteers and host organizations provided by the Center for Volunteers of the YMCA - Gabrovo;
- Consultation cabinet for specialized support to children and young people with communication deficiency and social integration problems, providing individual and group consultations and support;
- Training center;
- Support for children in disadvantaged position and orphans.
The new youth territory has a hall suitable for meetings, seminars and conferences (35-40 seats); youth cafe with a capacity for 30 places indoors and 40 outdoors; two office rooms for the organisation team and volunteers; possibilities fo using Internet and basic office services; training initiatives for children and young people in disadvantaged position; possibilities for organizing children’s parties, birthday parties, etc. both indoors and outdoors. The youth territory is functional and well equipped in accordance with modern requirements for access for people with disabilities, it is safe and calm, accessible for young people regardless of their age and social status We expect that the programmes and activities offered here would reach more than 2500 children and young people per year both from Gabrovo and the region.
Out partners are: Municipality of Gabrovo, municipal firm Blagoustroyavane Ltd., National Scout Organisation St George – Region of Gabrovo, Youth organization Gabrovo, Youth Information Center and UNESCO Club at the Aprilov National Gymnasium, Youth Councils at the Professional Technical Secondary School, Mathematics Secondary School, Professional Tourism School, the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross – Gabrovo, the management of the institution for children without parents.