Tsvetelina Teofilova – Director of Youth Center Vratsa
Hello! My name is Tsvetelina Teofilova I am from Vratsa. I graduated from Otets Paisiy High School – Vratsa, profile – music with a qualification – Organizer of Musical Activities. Music was my love, passion and filled my time from the age of 8-9 – first with my guitar lessons and then with the piano. As a student, I developed my interest in culture, but also in the field of economics. I graduated Economics of Socio-cultural Activities – Management of Culture, and my thesis for the Master’s degree was again related to my favourite school on the topic: Personnel Management at Otets Paisii High School – Vratsa. And because I believe that a person should learn and accept new challenges through the whole life, I have completed many courses on topics of interest to me and related to my work:
• Leadership and social rights;
• Labor rights;
• Risk management in the municipalities;
• The institutional system in the European Union;
• Style, etiquette, protocol;
• State protocol and ceremony – European practice;
Youth Center – Vratsa is a wonderful place for youth, with a team of professionals who have accepted the work with young people as a mission and investment in the future. They took a clear responsibility to change public attitudes towards young people from socially vulnerable groups and their families. To lend a hand, to support. Young people for whom volunteering is not just a word!! For me, being the Director of the Center is a clear and great responsibility, requiring a lot of work, love, desire and experience. But working with young and enthusiastic people is a dream come true!!
I am married with two children – Boyle, five years old and David, two years old. I love to travel, spend time in nature I like to listen to music and be with my family.
Albena Nencheva – youth worker
I have a bachelor degree in Social Pedagogy and a Master degree in Social Activities from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Currently, I am studying at the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics a second Master degree in “Financial Management”.
I started working at the Youth Center – Vratsa as a social worker in 2015, where I gained experience in the field of social work and work with young people. I acquired skills in researching and analyzing the social needs of children and young people and their families.
Currently, I am working as a youth worker. Thanks to the methods of non-formal learning we manage to build in young people competences of self-respect, tolerance, empathy, as well as the motivation for participation in the civil life in the region!
Kalin Angelov – youth worker
I am from Vratsa. I have a bachelor degree in Primary School Pedagogy and a Master degree in Social Pedagogy from “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” the University of Veliko Tarnovo, branch Vratsa.
From four years I am working as a youth worker in the Youth centre – Vratsa. Our focus is to promote, show and implement good practices from the field of non-formal education. For me working with young people is a mission that brings me joy and a lot of responses. I love to travel, and speed time with my nephew, to go fishing and watch football.
Mihaela Miceva – youth worker
My name is Mihaela Miceva I am from Vratsa. I have a five-year-old son Dominic and a dog I am proud of them. They fill my free time. I have graduated in Marketing and Management in Swiss Hotel Management School and Batchelor degree in Administration from London College Dublin. My Master in Global management I finished in the City University of Seattle.
I have different interests as you can see from my diplomas and they do not have anything in common with my work now. I am working as a youth worker in the Youth centre Vratsa from July 2017.
As you can see, I am eccentric, wild and love to try new things. I accepted this challenge because of my child. I chose this profession with a mission of trying to show young people that it is essential to keep the child in them as long as possible. That there is no need to grow up fast and prematurely, that the things that should excite them are lessons, parties, friends and happy moments with loved ones, not drugs, prostitution, absenteeism, low grades and unwritten homework. My mission has become to reach as many young people as possible and start the fire in them. To teach them and prevented them from making my mistakes.
Rosen Dekov – Social and Roma mediator
I am Rosen from the village Mihailovo. I graduated high school in Varshets. I am working in the Youth centre Vratsa from 2014 and social and Roma mediator. In my work on the field and communication with young people, I reach the following understanding. I see the need for them to be supported in every aspect of their personal growth. Nowadays, young people, especially those who are from socially vulnerable groups, need constant support. The main afford to have to be focused not only to improve their social situation but also to change the public attitudes towards them.
Thanks to the two-year training course for Roma mediators at the Council of Europe and lecturers from experts in this filed with many years of experience in youth work I gained the needed competencies to do my job well. I realized that my job is not only to be the bridge between different people, but also these bridges to be so resilient that over time they will be maintained by the same people.
Tihomir Mashov – youth worker
Hello! My name is Tihomir I am from Vratsa. I graduated bachelor degree in History from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and Master’s in Crises, Conflicts and Diplomacy in World Politics. From mid-2006 I am working as a museum curator in Vratsa History Museum. At first, I was in the New History Sector and in time, I moved to Educational Programs and Technology Sector. From 2015 I am working as a youth worker in the Youth centre Vratsa. It is an honour and a pleasure for me to work with a team of young and creative people. I think that working with children and young people is extremely important because they are the future. To work as a youth worker is difficult and responsible. It requires approach, creativity and preparation. We are mediators of values, non-formal learning, civic participation, tolerance and kindness. My interests are in the field of culture, art, journalism and working with people. My personal goal is to make young people more creative and to take more responsibilities.
Galin Snezankov – youth worker
I am Galin from Vratsa. I have a bachelor degree in Primary School Pedagogy and a Master degree in Politology, Diplomacy and National Security from “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” the University of Veliko Tarnovo, branch Vratsa. Two different disciplines give me knowledge and experience in other fields, which I think is useful in my work as a youth worker in the Youth centre Vratsa. To be one of the few youth workers in Bulgaria is a mission for me. Mission to pass on the values, the understanding of working with young people, their inclusion and activation in social life with an active civil role, expressed in words and twice as many deeds.
The training and knowledge passed on to me by experts in the youth field in the two-year course organized by the Council of Europe changed my perception of the way of working and communicating with young people.
The idea of my profession or as I call it mission is to make young people familiar with our mission but also we as youth workers to understand better their world. To make so-called youth policy more accessible to young people.
Nikoleta Ivanova – psychologist
Hello! My name is Nikoleta I am from Vratsa. I graduated from Hristo Botev High School. I have a bachelor degree in Psychology from the South-West University “Neofit Rilski”. A year later, I finished my master degree in Criminal Psychology from the same university.
In the personal plan, I have two little children – a boy and a girl, age 3 and 5. In the rear occasions that I have free time, I love to be in nature and read books.
I am a new member of the Youth centre Vratsa team. I hope that our future project and work together to be in benefit of all young people that want to develop themselves and help the society, we are all living.
Desislava Petrova – educational mediator
My name is Desislava Petrova. I am an educational mediator in Youth Center – Vratsa. I have a Bachelor degree in Social Pedagogy and a Master degree in Management of Social Work Institutions. I received my secondary education at the Ioan Ekzarh Language High School in Vratsa, and I completed my higher education at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Before I started working as an educational mediator, I worked for a year as a youth worker here, in the Youth Center – Vratsa. I also worked as a social worker in the Social Assistance Directorate – Vratsa for five years.
My education and previous experience in the social field have played a significant role in tackling the challenges I face on in my current profession every day. The truth is that nothing can compare to the real contact with young people and children, with the energy that flows from them, with their innate curiosity and their unquenchable thirst for knowledge and research, and most of all with the very feeling of satisfaction from successful realized communication with them.
I firmly believe that art, sports, music, connection with nature, open communication are how we reach young people today and manage to model in them an adequate behaviour and thinking, striving for a meaningful lifestyle and active citizenship.
Marieta Zhivkova- event organizer
Hello! My name is Marieta Zhivkova and I live in Zgorigrad. I have a Master degree in law. I am currently a PhD student in Political Science. In the last few years, my work has also been connected to youth work in the non-governmental sector.
In the Youth Center – Vratsa I work as an event organizer. I find it very exciting and enjoyable. I have the opportunity to communicate with many active young people with their opinions and positions on various social questions. In their free time, they get involved in various projects and initiatives for our city. This showed me that the better future of Vratsa is a cause not only for us from the Youth Center – Vratsa, but also for its young people and it is worth all the effort!
Nikola Zhivkov – youth worker
I am Nikola and live in Zgorigrad. I have a Master degree in law, but for the past seven years, my life is connected to youth work and the NGO sector. In the last three years, I’m developing my training skills. I work as a trainer on different projects using non-formal methods. I am part of the pool of trainers for our National agency responsible for all Erasmus+ projects. And also I am a PhD student in Political science.
I am the newest member of the Youth centre Vratsa. For me, this is a dream come true. The youth work form me is not a profession but a mission and an inspiration that makes my day meaningful. I love to help and work with young people. It brings me great pleasure to start a fire in their eyes and make them curious about something. I firmly believe that the change begins from every one of us and our desire to improve the environment we live in.
In my free time, I love to read scientific, historical, fantasy literature also to play board games and of course, going out for walks in the mountains.