The participation of Young Improvers for Youth Development – YIYD in the project ‘Content Creators with Impact’

The participation of Young Improvers for Youth Development – YIYD in the project ‘Content Creators with Impact’

Set against the backdrop of the picturesque town of Hondarribia, Spain, a life-changing experience unfolded for a team of young visionaries from Young Improvers for Youth Development – YIYD . Under the guidance of their fearless leader, Valentin Kehayov, the group joined forces to contribute to the ambitious project ‘Content Creators with Impact,’ led by the admirable Spanish organization Cohope.

In this exceptional setting, Rahim Hadzhieminov lent his poetic mind to turn complex social issues into relatable stories, while Ivo Elenski brought his technological wizardry to the table, illuminating the path with his digital expertise. Severim Bobachev served as the team’s moral compass, ensuring that the project remained both socially responsible and impactful. Strategist Martin Kafedzhiev astutely planned every move, making the execution of project tasks seem almost effortless. Ivan Stoyanov, the team’s resident artist, provided compelling visual narratives that beautifully complemented the project’s message.

None of this would have been possible without the impeccable organization and hospitality provided by Cohope. The Juan Sebastián Elkano Hostel was not just a place to rest; it became a melting pot of ideas and a sanctuary for creative collaboration. Cohope’s exceptional approach to social entrepreneurship and problem-solving created a fertile ground for the YIYD team to flourish. Their expert-led workshops and activities encouraged a rich exchange of perspectives on social challenges and fostered a sense of community among participants.

As the project reached its culmination, the YIYD team had not only gained invaluable skills but had also contributed significantly to Cohope’s mission of fostering a society built on collaboration, connection, and collective learning. They returned to Bulgaria not merely as content creators but as empowered agents of change, poised to apply their newfound knowledge to effect social betterment in their community.

So, here’s to the transformative power of youth, the richness of cultural exchange, and the boundless possibilities that arise when the two converge. The experience in Hondarribia was more than just a chapter in the lives of the YIYD team; it served as a preface to many impactful stories that are yet to be told.

Empowering the Young: Local Workshops Illuminate the Path to Successful Youth Club Management

Empowering the Young: Local Workshops Illuminate the Path to Successful Youth Club Management

The event targeted an array of participants – young people aged 15-30, youth workers, youth organisation staff, and representatives of youth centres and youth clubs. The focus was to equip these passionate individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge for efficiently managing a youth club. Addressing the Challenges: One of the key motivations behind organizing these workshops was the recognition that many youth centres and clubs grapple with challenges in management and in motivating young people to actively participate. To address these issues, the workshop was meticulously designed to provide pragmatic solutions and actionable strategies.

On the sunny morning of July 26, Smolyan buzzed with youthful energy and anticipation. The city welcomed 20 young participants for a local seminar and workshop organized by the Young Improvers for Youth Development (YIYD). These bright individuals, including youth from rural areas and those with fewer opportunities, convened to learn the ropes of running and managing successful youth clubs.

The seminar unfolded into an engaging learning experience where participants were guided on various aspects of youth club management, such as governance, resource allocation, activity planning, and volunteer management. Alongside, they were also enlightened on how to foster an environment that motivates young people to participate actively and meaningfully in the club activities.

By the end of the workshop, participants walked away with a comprehensive understanding of how to run a youth club successfully. Empowered with new skills and brimming with fresh ideas, they were ready to implement their learnings in their respective youth clubs and centres. The participants felt more confident in their ability to manage and engage the youth effectively, a testament to the success of the seminar.

The local workshop in Smolyan was an inspiring success, illuminating the path for young individuals and representatives from various youth-focused organizations towards successful youth club management. As these empowered individuals take their knowledge back to their respective communities, they will undoubtedly create more engaging and vibrant youth spaces, thereby echoing the positive impact of YIYD’s initiative across the region.

Bridging the Gap: Youth and Policy Makers Connect at Smolyan Roundtable

Bridging the Gap: Youth and Policy Makers Connect at Smolyan Roundtable

On July 25, the city of Smolyan witnessed an impactful event that brought together the voices of the youth and the wisdom of policy makers and local government officials. In an initiative by the Young Improvers for Youth Development (YIYD), 50 representatives from diverse backgrounds congregated at the Regional Government building for a crucial roundtable discussion.

This unprecedented roundtable was attended by a wide range of participants – representatives of local municipalities, policy makers, officers of public institutions, managers of youth work bodies, youth workers, and most importantly, young people. A particular emphasis was placed on the inclusion of young people from rural areas and those with fewer opportunities. Fostering Dialogue and Collaboration: The roundtable event was conceived with the mission to foster dialogue and collaboration. It served as an interactive platform for young individuals to communicate their ideas and challenges directly to the decision-makers. Simultaneously, it offered the policymakers a valuable opportunity to understand the needs and aspirations of today’s youth better.

The discussions at the roundtable revealed some compelling statistics. An alarming 40% of participating youth from rural areas felt underrepresented in community decisions, while nearly 60% of all participants felt that the youth had limited access to opportunities for personal and professional development. These numbers spotlighted the importance of such dialogue-focused events in addressing these gaps. Impactful Outcomes: As a result of the roundtable, policy makers pledged to work on more inclusive and youth-friendly policies. There was a consensus to conduct similar roundtables more frequently, aiming to foster a more collaborative relationship between the youth and the decision-makers. Additionally, a commitment was made to allocate more resources to youth clubs, particularly in rural areas, providing young people with better opportunities for development.

This successful roundtable in Smolyan was a resounding testament to the potential of open dialogue and collaboration. The YIYD’s initiative marks a significant stride towards fostering a shared understanding between the youth and policy makers, aiming to bridge the gap between these crucial segments of society. As the voice of youth continues to echo in the halls of the Regional Government building, the ripple effects of this roundtable promise a more inclusive and vibrant future for Smolyan’s youth.

Community Impact: Webinars and Courses Empowering Smolyan’s Youth for Community Growth

Community Impact: Webinars and Courses Empowering Smolyan’s Youth for Community Growth

In the vibrant city of Smolyan, something transformational is underway. Young Improvers for Youth Development (YIYD), under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 program, has been spearheading a unique initiative, the “Youth Waves Surfers: Multiplier effect for Youth Clubs” project. This project, rather than focusing solely on personal development, seeks to harness the potential of youth to spark community growth.


Smolyan, tucked away in the breathtaking Rhodope Mountains, has become the incubator for this transformative journey. Through a series of strategically planned webinars and courses, the YIYD team has been equipping local young people with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to create and run youth clubs successfully.

Webinars: Laying the Foundation for Youth Leadership

 The first step of this initiative involved a series of webinars designed specifically for young individuals, especially those from rural areas and with fewer opportunities. These webinars, each an hour long and delivered by experienced YIYD trainers, focused on the practical aspects of creating and managing a youth club. The online sessions, attended by a diverse group of participants aged 15-30, offered vital insights into the steps needed to establish a youth club, managing resources, and fostering a positive and inclusive environment.


Courses: Translating Knowledge into Action

 Once the theoretical knowledge was laid down, it was time to transform these concepts into tangible skills. This was achieved through a series of local courses or workshops conducted in Smolyan. Each two-day course involved an intensive training program delivered to 25 participants. These interactive sessions, complete with group activities, case analysis, and creative tasks, ensured that the participants not only understood the theory but were also capable of applying it practically.

 The Ripple Effect: Empowering the Community

 The impact of these webinars and courses has been nothing short of phenomenal. Empowered with new skills and perspectives, the young individuals are now making their mark in their local communities. Their newly formed youth clubs have become a positive force in the local neighborhoods, fostering a sense of belonging and facilitating the active participation of more young people.

 These clubs have also catalyzed several community service projects, from environmental initiatives to social inclusion programs, further accentuating the positive ripple effect of the initiative. The Smolyan community, which actively participated in and supported the webinars and courses, is now reaping the benefits as they witness their young people step up as community leaders.

 Indeed, the “Youth Waves Surfers: Multiplier effect for Youth Clubs” project is a testament to the power of youth when equipped with the right skills and opportunities. As we continue to unfold this exciting journey in Smolyan, we invite you to join us in celebrating and supporting the remarkable transformation that is taking place.

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Bridging the Divide: Round Table Discussions Revolutionizing Youth Engagement in Smolyan

Bridging the Divide: Round Table Discussions Revolutionizing Youth Engagement in Smolyan

As part of an inspirational journey catalyzed by the Young Improvers for Youth Development (YIYD), and supported by the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project, Smolyan is witnessing a groundbreaking initiative that is reshaping the dialogue between policy makers and youth. The revolutionary round table discussions, organized by YIYD, have created a dynamic platform for discussion, innovation, and shared understanding, fostering a more engaging and cooperative environment for policy development and implementation.


On the sunny day of July 15, 2023, a diverse group of individuals converged in Smolyan’s central hall. Among them were policy makers, officers of public institutions, managers of youth work bodies, and most importantly, young individuals aged 15 to 30, all ready to partake in an enlightening round table discussion. The aim was clear: to listen, learn, and create shared pathways for enhancing youth engagement in the city.


YIYD, known for its consistent advocacy for youth empowerment, provided the necessary environment for such a significant event. The team of experienced youth workers and trainers played an instrumental role in shaping the discussions, facilitating constructive conversation, and ensuring that every participant’s voice was heard.

The round table discussions were strategically designed to create an open and inclusive platform, allowing for a thorough exploration of challenges, opportunities, and innovative solutions. The dialogue was vibrant, with participants contributing perspectives based on their unique experiences and roles within the community. The sessions emphasized the importance of effective youth clubs in fostering personal development, social inclusion, and civic engagement.

As the discussion unfolded, it became evident that the youth of Smolyan were not just passive participants but were eager to voice their concerns, share their ideas, and be part of decision-making processes. The policy makers, too, showed their openness to understanding the perspectives of the youth, acknowledging the valuable insights that these young individuals bring to the table.


Participants engaged in rich dialogue, sharing personal experiences, perspectives, and innovative ideas. The young participants, particularly those from rural areas or with fewer opportunities, seized the chance to express their aspirations and the challenges they face. The policy makers, in turn, gained valuable insights into the real issues on the ground and a clearer understanding of the youth’s needs and expectations.


The event also highlighted the importance of youth clubs as an essential platform for empowering young people, providing them with the opportunity to contribute to their communities, and paving the way for more inclusive and youth-friendly policies. These insights have laid the foundation for more supportive environments where young individuals can thrive.

The round table discussions, according to both policy makers and youth participants, were a resounding success. The interactive platform allowed for a fruitful exchange of ideas and opened up new possibilities for collaboration. Moreover, the dialogue sparked a realization that young people are not just recipients of policies but are also key contributors to policy formulation and implementation.

The YIYD, through initiatives like this, continues to foster dialogue, promote youth engagement, and create a more inclusive society. We understand that real progress can only be achieved through collective action and shared understanding, and we remain committed to facilitating more such interactions in the future.

As we continue to bring more engaging and empowering activities to Smolyan, stay tuned for updates by following our blog and social media channels. Together, let’s create a future where young individuals are not just heard, but also play a significant role in shaping the policies that affect their lives.


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Empowering the Youth of Smolyan: Skill-Building Courses to Fuel Youth Club Development

Empowering the Youth of Smolyan: Skill-Building Courses to Fuel Youth Club Development

As part of an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project, Young Improvers for Youth Development (YIYD) has embarked on an exciting journey to bring forward a new wave of youth leadership in Smolyan. Under this initiative, YIYD has organized a series of skill-building courses designed to empower young individuals and support the development of innovative, inclusive, and sustainable youth clubs in the region.

The city of Smolyan, known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant community, has witnessed a surge in youth interest towards community engagement and social innovation. To nurture this enthusiasm and turn it into action, YIYD’s courses focus on equipping young leaders aged 15 to 30 with the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of youth club development and management.

Over a span of two intense days of learning, YIYD welcomed 25 enthusiastic participants eager to explore the dynamics of youth club operations. Our talented team of trainers, experienced in the field of youth development and education, meticulously planned and executed the sessions, providing a conducive and interactive learning environment.

The skill-building courses explored diverse topics integral to the successful operation of a youth club. These included strategic planning, resource management, volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, and partnership development. Participants also learned about the role of youth clubs in fostering community development, social inclusion, and civic participation.

Interactive sessions allowed participants to delve deeper into the practical aspects of running a youth club. Case studies of successful youth clubs provided invaluable insights into best practices and strategies for overcoming common challenges. The participants also engaged in group work, which fostered teamwork, enhanced problem-solving skills, and encouraged the exchange of ideas.

Under the watchful guidance of YIYD trainers, the participants were also tasked with creating a vision for their prospective youth clubs. This allowed them to think creatively about their club’s mission, values, and potential impact on the community. They were encouraged to envision a club that not only provides recreational activities but also serves as a platform for young people to express their views, learn new skills, and contribute to their community’s development.

The courses were not only about learning; they also presented an opportunity for participants to network with like-minded peers, forge new friendships, and lay the groundwork for future collaborations. The energy, enthusiasm, and passion displayed by the participants were truly infectious, reinforcing our belief in the potential of Smolyan’s youth to bring about positive social change.

As YIYD, we are proud to be a part of this transformative journey. The success of these skill-building courses reaffirms our commitment to youth empowerment and development. We are inspired by the positive feedback from participants and are looking forward to supporting their endeavors in establishing and running successful youth clubs.

Our mission doesn’t stop here. YIYD will continue to support the youth of Smolyan through various projects and initiatives aimed at fostering leadership, innovation, and active citizenship. We are excited about the future and are optimistic that with the right skills, support, and guidance, the youth of Smolyan will create a ripple effect of positive change, making a significant difference in their community and beyond.

Stay tuned for more updates on our projects and initiatives by following our blog and social media channels. Together, let’s build a vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic youth community in Smolyan!

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