2.6 Raising Awareness about Youth Volunteering Opportunities
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There are no other top-level public authorities and bodies responsible for disseminating information on volunteering opportunities for young people and information providers rather than the Programs funded by the Ministry of youth and sports dedicated to volunteering (see 2.4 Funding).
There are not State-funded national and regional volunteer centres or agencies that support networks of volunteering organizations, assist with young volunteers’ placement and promote volunteering opportunities on public level.
One of the main objectives of National Association for Volunteering Activities (NAVA ) is to create and support a network of Centers for Volunteer Work. As of September 2017, NAVA included a network of fifty-two Centers for Volunteer Work (CVW) in the territory of over twenty districts in the country. Profile of the organizations hosting the Centers for Volunteer Work, part of NAVA network:
- Healthcare Establishments,
- Centers for Public Support,
- Schools, Universities,
- Community Centers,
- Business enterprises.
Key national initiatives for improving the awareness of opportunities for youth volunteering are included in Subprogram 2 "National Youth Initiatives and Campaigns", subject "Youth Volunteering and Participation in Volunteer Initiatives" of the National Youth Program (2016-2020). The activities carried out are during the year in the field of promoting volunteering among Bulgarian youth, training young volunteers, stimulating the activity of young people and forming the sensitivity to the needs of civil society, activating the local authority for work with volunteers. There is no specific target group in the youth population that is addressed. In 2018 the concrete results are 39 volunteering campaings with the participation of 5 502 young people, 56 educations in the field of volunteering with 1063young people involved in them; 17 campaings and initiatives towards popularization of youth volunteering with 336 participants; 14 efficient methods developed towards the work with young volunteers with the involvement of 336 participants in this process.
Information on how to apply for the program can be obtained by organizing open information days organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and through the Youth Information System website. This is mainly on the National Youth Day (12 August) when there is annual festival organized by the Ministry of youth and sports during which NGOs and The National Agency for Erasmus+ are promoting volunteering and are presenting different volunteer opportunities.