My name is Desislava Petrova. I am a youth worker in Youth Center – Vratsa. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Pedagogy and a Master’s 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.
I have worked in the Youth Center as a Roma mediator and 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 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, and open communication are how we reach young people today and manage to model in them adequate behaviour and thinking, striving for a meaningful lifestyle and active citizenship.