The research and interviews conducted in Bulgaria, Italy, and Portugal on the topic of creating and managing Youth Clubs in rural communities have revealed several key challenges and opportunities. The main challenges identified include a lack of funding and resources, bureaucratic obstacles, and a lack of awareness and interest among the community. Participants emphasized the need for a clear vision and mission, strong leadership, and community support to successfully create and sustain a Youth Club.

To overcome these challenges, participants suggested the need for more streamlined processes for starting new organizations, increased funding and resources, and greater community engagement and awareness. They emphasized the importance of partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and government entities to secure funding and resources, as well as engaging with the community and stakeholders.

Managing a Youth Club presents its own set of challenges, including keeping young people engaged and motivated, managing the budget and resources, and ensuring the club meets the needs of young people. Participants highlighted the importance of developing and implementing programs and activities aligned with the club’s mission, recruiting and training volunteers and leaders, and engaging with the community and stakeholders.

Opportunities and potential solutions identified include training and support for volunteers and leaders, promoting the benefits of Youth Clubs, and tailoring the clubs to the needs and interests of the local community. Participants also highlighted the potential for Youth Clubs to address specific issues faced by young people in rural communities, such as social isolation and lack of opportunities.

Sustainability was identified as a crucial aspect of creating and managing successful Youth Clubs, requiring long-term planning, investment, and strong leadership and organizational skills.

In the context of the “Youth Waves Surfers: Multiplier Effect for Youth Clubs” project, the partners involved include:
1. Young Improvers for Youth Development (YIYD): YIYD serves as the lead organization and project coordinator. They provide strategic direction, project management, and overall coordination of activities.
2. TDM 2000: TDM 2000 is a valued partner in the project, contributing their expertise, resources, and experience in youth development. They actively collaborate with YIYD and other partners to achieve the project’s goals.
3. CXJV Conexão Jovem Associação brings valuable expertise in engaging and empowering young people. They contribute insights and strategies for effectively involving youth in decision-making processes, ensuring their active participation and representation throughout the project.

In summary, creating and managing successful Youth Clubs in rural communities requires community support, sufficient funding and resources, effective leadership and organizational skills, and tailoring the clubs to the specific needs and interests of the community. By addressing these challenges and opportunities, Youth Clubs can become a valuable tool for promoting social connection, community engagement, and the personal and professional growth of young people in rural areas.