About us

FREE YOUTH CENTRE association is a non-government and non-profit organization created in 1997 and registered under Bulgarian legislation in social utility. FYC mission is to support the personal development of the young people in Vidin and Northwestern Bulgaria, as free citizens in a democratic society through involving them in educational programs and community activitiesis. More about us...


30.09 - 01.10.2019. The first meeting of experts from Bulgaria and Serbia was held at the "Skalite" Hotel - Belogradchik in connection with the development of a joint methodology for student self-government. At the meeting the results of the study of the current situation on the topic in both countries were also presented. See more.

09-18.09.2019. A youth exchange was held in Marsaxlokk, Malta, on the project "Trought the Lens of the Other". Representatives from 11 countries, including Bulgaria, took part in it. The "Cross-Sectoral Approach to Working with LGBTQI +, Refugees and Migrants, People Experienced Violence and Torture" and "Audiovisual Techniques for Capturing Short Stories" were presented. Particularly interesting was the second part of the exchange, in which young people generated ideas for filming. See more.

05-06.07.2019. An expert meeting was held in Veliko Tarnovo on the project "Danube Youth Agenda". In both days the public and civilian actors worked on the indicators included in the Methodology for Monitoring and Evaluation of Municipal Youth Policies. See more

28.06.2019. Free Youth Centre Association announces tender procedure under PRAG with object "Logistics and transport services" in implementation of project "Region of Youth Participation". The deadline for submition of offers is July 29, 2019 at 17:00. The dossier can be downloaded here.

10-14.06.2019 The last exchange of experience on the YouthEd project took place in Istanbul, Turkey. The hosts showed their accomplishments in their work with refugees in front of guests from Bulgaria, Spain, Morocco and Norway. See more

03-04.06.2019At Hotel Skalite - Belogradchik, an expert meeting is held under the project "Civil Monitoring for Higher Quality Social Services". The aim of the meeting was to adopt a methodology for independent evaluation of municipal social services strategies.See more

09.05.2019On the Day of Europe, the Center for Work with Street Children was attended by their Excellencies Mrs. Louise Bergholm - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden and Mrs. Paivi Blinknikka - Ambassador of Republic of Finland. See more

16-25.04.2019In Busteni, Romania, a training on the project "Trought the Lends of the Others" took place. Representatives of ten countries, including Bulgaria, took part in it. The main topics of the training were: "Inter-sectoral approach to working with LGBTQI +, refugees and migrants, people who have experienced violence and torture" and "Audiovisual techniques for short stories". Good practices were also discussed in dealing with persons subject to discrimination.See more

04-24.04.2019The information campaign for acquainting the target groups with the Danube Youth Agenda project and generating ideas for indicators for evaluation of municipal youth policy was completed. The municipalities of Pleven, Lovech, Rousse, Targovishte, Silistra, Razgrad, Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo were visited, where promotional meetings were organized. See more

01-02.04.2019The final conference on the project "Regional Network for Social Cohesion" took place in Craiova, Romania, with 46 representatives of the social services sector from Bulgaria and Romania. The forum presented and evaluated the results of the project, set up an informal cross-border network and identified sustainability measures for the initiative. See more

12.2018 - 03.2019Completed the cycle of 6 cross-border visits for exchange of experience between organizations and institutions from Bulgaria and Romania, active in the field of social services. Twelve similar structures took part in the activity, 6 from each country.See more

12.03.2019An information meeting and workshop was held in Vidin to present the project Civil Monitoring for Better Quality Social Services funded by the Operational Programme "Good Governance" and implemented by RISE association in partnership with Free Youth Centre. The meeting also served to generate ideas on the implementation of monitoring. See more

11-12.02.2019The second partner meeting of YouthEd partners took place in the capital of Spain - Madrid. The target of the meeting was maily to plan an upcoming training course in Istanbul. See more

17-18.01.2019 The first meeting of the partners of the project "Through the Lens of Other" was held in the capital of Germany - Berlin. The project is funded as a pilot initiative on the new Erasmus + subprogramme Ënropean Youth Together". Free Youth Centre is a project partner on the Bulgarian side. See more

06-12.2018With training for work with children victims of abuse, the cycle of 10 qualification courses of mutual interest for representatives of social structures from Bulgaria and Romania ended. More than 200 specialists from both countries took part in the training sessions. See more

03-05.12.2018The first of the planned six exchange visits of social institutions/organizations from Bulgaria and Romania took place in Vidin. The event was hosted by the Centre for Work with Street Children, the guests were from Emergency Center for Street Children (Drobeta Turnu Severin), and the subject - "Methods for Working with Street Children - Informal Mathematics". See more

27-29.11.2018The first meeting of the Ever Schools project partners, funded under Erasmus+ programme, strategic partnerships, took place in Charleville-Mezieres, France. The purpose of the meeting was project planning and distribution of responsibilities between the participating organizations from France, Portugal, Poland, Italy and Bulgaria (FYC).

08-09.11.2018The team of social service Centre for work with street children (which provider is FYC) has passed a two-day course in using non-formal math education methods for children with learning problems. See more

08-12.10.2018Representatives of the FYC participated in a study visit and youth forum in the town of Larashe, the Kingdom of Morocco, within the YouthEd project. The visit was related to introducing on the spot the motivation for migration as well as the measures for its limitation. See a video report from the opening of the event at Larashe City Hall here

25-26.06.2018With the training on "Resilience approach in working with children and families" at the Hemus Hotel, Vratsa started the cycle of 10 joint trainings for social service specialists from Bulgaria and Romania under the project "Regional Network for Social Cohesion". See more

18-23.06.2018 In Stavanger, Norway, training for youth workers under the YouthEd project was held. The training aimed at foster quality improvements in youth work by running competence building of youth workers and potential youth workers and share good practise on the issue of migrants/refugees in a school setting. Representatives of the FYC shared their experience in working with minority groups. See more

08.06.2018The cycle of 10 meetings for exchange of experience on topics of common interest between Bulgarian and Romanian specialists in the social services sector from across the border region was completed. Their implementation was part of the Regional Network for Social Cohesion project, where the FYC is a leading partner. The next activity is to organize 10 joint training sessions. See more

24-25.05.2018In Stavanger, Norway, the first partner meeting under the YouthEd project was held, in which besides Free Youth Centrer were the hosts from Norway as well as organizations from Spain, Turkey and Morocco. The project focuses on sharing experiences among partners in their work with migrants and ethnic minorities. See more

03-04.05.2018In Lousada, Portugal, the forth meeting of InforMath project partners took place. The participants discussed the progress of the project and planned the activities at the final stage, including dissemination measures. The main objective of the project is the use of non-formal mathematical methods in youth centers. See more

19-20.02.2018The first joint meeting for exchange of experience between the social services specialists from the Bulgarian-Romanian border region took place in Belogradchik. The topic of the meeting was "Social Services for Children with Deviant Behavior and / or Conflict with the Law". See more

08-09.02.2018A final conference on the project "Mooving Borders for Volunteering" took place in Zajecar, Republic of Serbia. The Forum reported project implementation and results, planned the future of the network of volunteer centres and shared good practices in engaging young volunteers. See more

22-24.01.2018The second volunteer exchange under the project "Moving Borders for Volunteering" took place in Zajecar, Serbia with the participation of young people from the network of volunteer centres from Bulgaria and Serbia. The agenda of the meeting included visits to volunteer centres, social service activities, and volunteer-related discussions. See more

11-13.01.2018The first volunteer exchange under the project "Moving Borders for Volunteering" took place in Vidin with the participation of young people from the network of volunteer centres from Bulgaria and Serbia. The agenda of the meeting included real volunteering in social services in the city, as well as presentations and discussions on volunteering. See more

FYC Donors

European Commission (PHARE, ESF, EFRD, Socrates, Europe for Citizens, Youth/Youth in Action, Erasmus+ programmes), United Nation Development Programme, Council of Europe (European Youth Foundation), US Embassy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, USAID (Bulgaria Found), Peace Corps, National Democratic Institute (USA), Ministry of Labor and Social Policy,Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme, Municipality of Vidin.