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Inspire Bulgaria
295 raised
59% of €500 goal
8 contributors
7 Years running

Project objective: providing young Bulgarians who want to organize low-budget projects with training, mentorship and micro-funds to help them implement their ideas.

Brief description:

Inspire Bulgaria aims to support Bulgarian youngsters who have ideas for low-budget projects that will contribute to both themselves, their peers and the society (e.g. fundraisers, community service initiatives, eco actions, awareness campaigns, social entrepreneurship of any kind!)

The training and funding opportunity will be promoted in a number of educational institutions and through various partnering NGOs. The application process will be accessible to young people and open throughout the year.

In addition to the financial support project organizers will receive mentorship by other young people with leadership experience who will advise them how to promote their projects among peers, improve the quality of their projects and develop skills and attitudes which will help them throughout their lives. Priority will be given to ideas that include participation of peers and have impact on the society. In the summer a 4-day Leadership Academy will bring the young leaders together to create a sense of community, work in groups and focus on different topics which will further on develop understanding and skills in leadership, project management and self-development.

The results of the funded initiatives will be disseminated through their appearing in the Facebook group of the project. A simple website will be created to promote the project and give access to valuable and easy to read articles connected to project planning, funding and implementation.

What inspired me to start this project?

When I was in 9th grade I started a youth charity and volunteering organization in my High School. Our first initiatives were weekly events in orphanages and homes for elderly people. In addition, we organized a lot of street events and campaigns to raise awareness towards the benefits of volunteering, positivism, doing Good.

Whenever I see or take part in something new that engages me, I try to master it and spread it so that it reaches and benefits as many people as possible. When I went to my first youth exchange (a 10-day informal education and volunteering project in another country with participants from several European countries), I was determined to organize a project like that myself so that my friends and fellow volunteers could participate, too. A year later my organization received funding from the European Union to implement the project I created and ever since we have been partnering and initiating such projects all around Europe, including hundreds of young people.

Most of the local projects I have organized have been either low-budget or not financed at all. This was able due to the fact I have always used alternative ways to provide what we had needed. For example, when we were visiting institutions for disadvantaged people I always contacted local companies that either sell or produce sweets, children’s books, balloons, etc. and asked them to donate some. For the tea actions we organized during the winter season when we handed free tea to strangers on the streets of Sofia and talked with them about volunteering, I had engaged several shops and small companies to give us free tea, sugar, electric kettles and print leaflets. I found out that this is a good strategy since many people would like to donate things they make or have rather than money. While such an approach might seem too complicated, it was indeed inclusive: so many people participated in some way for the implementation of this otherwise small project!

While this approach worked great for my organization, I realize that not every young person may receive the same support or have the confidence to reach out and ask for it. I want to give the chance to any young person who has an idea of some sort to receive both financial and moral support to do it while not being affiliated to an organization and having full control over the planning and implementation of his/her project and possibly- follow up.

Being able to create something, make mistakes, face challenges, celebrate small triumphs, grow as a leader and as an individual has transformed me so much! I have seen so many of my peers who became active contributors to the organization I started evolve and grow and strive to learn, make a change and fulfill their potential and I am truly committed to keep trying to inspire!



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