We are a non-profit non-governmental organisation working at local, national and international level for the empowerment of youth. We are mainly project based with an annual budget of about 60 000 EUR plus the support of the Municipality of Karlovo which is our co-founder. Our NGO manages the Youth Information Centre of Karlovo in partnership with the municipality. For our international projects we have had partners from all European countries as we have partnered in more than 90 international projects since our establishment in 2007.
Among our key priorities are: raising young people’ s awareness of the aching problems of our world, integration of socially disadvantaged and disabled people, fostering human rights, gender equality and intercultural dialogue. This we do through different initiatives such as: awareness raising campaigns, organizing local events, seminars, conferences, carrying out surveys, polling citizens’ opinion on different issues, taking part in intercultural youth projects.
We are very active in the "Youth in Action" programme as since our establishment we have hosted 6 multilateral youth exchanges, 2 training courses,2 seminars. Besides, we are an accredited SOHO for EVS. So far we have had 5 hosting and 4 sending EVS projects and we continue applying with new EVS projects. We have also partnered in three 1.3 Youth Democracy projects carrying out local research and initiatives as well as taking part in study visits abroad. Besides "Youth in Action" Programme we have worked under "Europe for Citizens" with three partner projects, the European Youth Foundation. We also get fuinding from various other national and international programmes such as the National programme for youth, "America for Bulgaria" Foundation, "Bulgarian Women's Fund" just to name a few.
We can contribute with our experience in non-formal intercultural education as well as with promoting the network and its opportunities among our many international partners and all the other networks we are members of.
We would like to join the ALF network so as to broaden the intercultural dialogue for our youth with partners from the EUROMED region.We were among the first Bulgarian NGOs who participated in the statutory meeting of the Bulgarian ALF network in 2009, signing all the internal network's documents.