Projects

Youth centre for information and consultation- Infinite Opportunities

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The main objective of the project "Youth centre for information and consultation- Infinite Opportunities" is to contribute to the development of civil and social skills of young people aged between 15 and 29 years on the territory of Sofia Municipality, including remote areas of northwestern arc about Bankia, Vladaya, and Bozhurishte and Novi Iskar. The project places particular emphasis on young people from vulnerable groups, including minority with disabilities and special educational needs, consulting them together with their representative organizations, such as ARDUS and Ardennes.

The general objectives of the project "Youth centre for information and consultation- Infinite Opportunities" are:

Engaging and motivating young people to participate in the life of their local communities by facilitating access to information as well as expanding opportunities for training, voluntary work and participation in youth initiatives;

Supporting the initiatives and activities of various youth communities in the territory of Sofia Municipality and its neighbourhoods; their adherence to European values ​​and standards for youth work through consulting, training and support for the implementation of youth initiatives and projects;

Providing suitable and affordable service for young people from vulnerable groups, including young people with sensory disabilities, epilepsy who often experience discrimination because of their health and their limited opportunities for classical communication;

The project aims at developing the capabilities of youth workers and the expansion of the NGO network on the territory of Sofia Municipality mainly through engaging youth and encouraging the exchange of experiences and good practices.

The project has the following priorities at the NPM 2011-2015, namely:

Promotion of personal development and economic activity of young people and improving access to information and quality services:

  • Encouraging young people to participation in activities in their communities .

  • Prevention of social exclusion of young people from disadvantaged groups.

  • Development of intercultural and international dialogue among young people.

For more information, please visit our website: http://mikc.infopass.eu/

Eco-volunteers for protection of Via Pontica

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The project "Eco-volunteers for protection of Via Pontica" is implemented by "Youth Information Centre" Association in partnership with "Infinite Opportunities" Association. It aims at biodiversity preservation in the Via Pontica migration route.

The project is realized with the financial support of Swiss Confederation by the Reform Fund linked to the civil society participation.
Its territorial scope encompasses Bourgas district, namely Bourgas city, the towns of Aytos, Balgarovo and Sredets. Project activities will take place in the period 15.07.2013 and 15.07. 2014.

The total project budget is 58 602.00 lv., while the amount and percentage of grant contribution is 52 741 .80 lv. or 90%.
The main aim of the project is the biodiversity preservation in the bay of Bourgas and its adjacent lakes, which includes prevention of poaching; reduction of the number of attacks against wild songbirds in the region and formation of an active group of volunteer teams through the branch network of YIC Association.
The project will mobilize volunteers who will take part in teams for observation and prevention of poaching practices.

The main activities include:

  • Mapping the poaching of wild songbirds in the region
  • Increasing the number of members of YIC Association and creation of teams of volunteers operating in the local divisions of the organization
  • Training of volunteer teams for fight against poaching practices
  • Implementation of voluntary teams' campaigns for monitoring of poaching practices
  • Organization of an educational campaign regarding the problem - violent acts against wild songbirds

During the project Infinity Opportunities Association will be responsible for the organization of volunteer's trainings.

The two partner organizations will cooperate in the organization of educational campaign for the protection of biodiversity in the region.

"Eco volunteers in defense of Via Pontic" is implemented with the financial support of the Swiss Confederation by Fund reforms related to the participation of civil society.

Toler@nce Caravan

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In 2014 Infinite Opportunities Association implemented its first short-term voluntary project "Toler@nce Caravan" within the framework of the "European Voluntary Service" and "Youth in Action" Programme of the European Commission. It was targeted towards young people willing to participate into a series of local promotional campaigns organized in connection with the on-line Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg developed by Infinite Opportunities Association.

The main objectives of the “Toler@nce Caravan”:

    ·    promote active citizenship of young people in general and their European citizenship in particular;
    ·    develops solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular social cohesion in the European Union;
    ·    foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries.

"Toler@nce Caravan" was be implemented with the help of 12 volunteers from Hungary, Georgia, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden and Cyprus.

The main task for volunteers were:

    ·    plan, organize and participate in local tolerance campaigns;
    ·    promote events on-line;
    ·    contact interested parties and seek for collaboration from local NGOs;
    ·    raise the awareness of young people regarding the topic of Hate-speech;
    ·    make connection between the on-line and off-line aspects of the fight against hate speech;
    ·    help the team with ideas and materials for the on-line tolerance platform developed by the association.

The project activities were implemented in Sofia and different cities in the country, which are part of the informational campaign of the team. All volunteers travelled together with the team of the association to different cities in order to participate in the local campaigns organized with the support of the regional partners of Infinite Opportunities Association.

For ensuring the educational process of volunteers, Infinite Opportunities Association is using the methods of non-formal education through which the participants will boost up their knowledge and competences for the organization and implementation of informational campaigns related to the topics of tolerance, non-discrimination and mutual understanding.

Participants did not only gain interpersonal skills and communication in a multicultural environment, but also they acquired knowledge about the organization of youth campaigns for the protection of basic human rights.

This short-term project was realized in the period 01.04.2014 – 31.05.2014 with the financial support of the "Youth in Action" Programme of the European Commission administered in Bulgaria by the National Centre “European Youth Programmes and Initiatives".The total grant received for the realization of the project from the “Youth in Action” programme is 18 313 Euro.

"This project is funded by the" Youth in Action "Programme of the European Commission in Bulgaria administered National Centre" European Youth Programmes and Initiatives ". The contents of this Project do not reflect the position of the European Community program "Youth in Action" or NCEYPI. "

Freedom of Speech vs. Hate Speech

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The Wokshop "Freedom of speech VS Hate speech - Where to Draw the Line?" was a capacity building activity for young people, online activists and youth workers from Bulgaria. Aims to address the rise of such threathening hostility in Bulgarian on-line realities - an area that is rather vague and even negligently overseen by media and authorities while civil society is making its first steps - and raise awareness about the damaging impact hate speech has on young people and the way they perceive the world.

Main objectives of the workshop:

  1. To underline the main differences between freedom of expression and hate-speech online;
  2. To explore the different practices of hate speech online and to analyze some crucial phenomena in local social relations boosting its use online;
  3. To build up participants' competences to identify and deal with encounters of extreme hatespeech usage online as well as their organizational capacity to react to hate speech practices in internet;
  4. To trigger the process of developing a start-up info kit on tolerance and empathy for young people in web realities.

If you are willing to become a partner of "INFINITE OPPORTUNITIES" Association in the follow-up activities focused on the fight against hate speech online, please contact us at office@infopass.eu

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Youth CAUSE

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In September 2013 Infinite Opportunities Association started the implementation of its first project under the NGO Programme in Bulgaria within the financial mechanism of The European Economic Area (www.ngogrants.bg) – "Youth CAUSE – Network for Quality, Sustainability, Knowledge and Respect of the youth work in Bulgaria". Partners in the project, which is financed by the Norwegian program for support NGOs, are Thirst of life Association and BG "Be active" , former WOW Sport Association.

The main goals of the project are:

  • Promotion of capacity building activities of the participating NGOs and friendly working environment for the non – governmental sector;
  • Improving of the financial and organizational sustainability of the non - governmental organizations;
  • Stimulation of the self – regulation of the non - governmental sector.
  • Establishment of an informational Webpage (www.kauza.net)

The main activities during the project are including:

  • Building partnerships and networks for youth information and support;
  • Capacity building and providing information;
  • Trainingcourses for Youth Initiatives
  • Awareness raising.

The total project budget is 13 448, 18 euro, while the money value granted by the NGO Programme in Bulgaria within the Financial Mechanism to the European Economic Area is 12 073, 18 euro. Its duration is 12 months and the main target groups include 15 volunteers and 9 NGOs.

"YOUTH cause - network quality, sustainability, knowledge and authority youth work in Bulgaria" funded under the program to support NGOs in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 g.Tsyalata responsibility for the content of the document worn by the "Possibilities without Borders" and under no circumstances it can be assumed that this document reflect the views of the Financial mechanism of the European economic Area and the Operator of the Programme to support NGOs in Bulgaria. "" This project is implemented with financial support of the "Youth in action" Programme of the European Commission in Bulgaria administered National Centre "European youth Programmes and Initiatives." content current and building / newspaper / brochure / not reflect the position of the European Community program "youth in Action" or NCEYPI. "

Love&Hate

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  "Love & HateII: Youth for on-line tolerance" is the continuation of the first voluntary project of "Infinite Opportunities Association" called "Love & Hate" implemented within the framework of the "European Voluntary Service" and the "Youth in Action" Programme of the European Commission. Project activities are part of the international campaign against hate speech on the Internet, launched by the Council of Europe in 2012-2014.

By this project "Infinite Opportunities Association" seeks to protect human rights and European values ​​in the web, focusing on issues of mutual tolerance, cultural and ethnic diversity in Europe.

The one year project will include three main aspects - youth online activities, creation of information and awareness rising interactive materials, realization of presentations and discussions with students and youth, which will enhance the attention towards the dangers which hate speech poses in the online space.

To ensure the learning process of the volunteers we will use the methods of non-formal education through which we will increase their knowledge and skills to prevent and deal with the negative effects of the use of hateful messages online.

The main aspects of the three volunteers include:

  • Deconstruction of hateful messages;
  • Collection quantitative data on the manifestations of hate speech in Bulgarian online space;
  • Meeting and interviews with people affected by the manifestations of hate speech;
  • Creation of visual materials;
  • Bulgarian language lessons.

The campaign will be promoted mainly on the internet because of the nature of the target group - Internet users and the active online young people. Visibility of the project and each of his activities will be made available through the following channels:

The Voluntary service of Ida (Germany), Indre (Lithuania) and Iuliia (Ukraine) lasts from the beginning of December 2013 and will continue until December 2014.These three volunteers replaced the previous three from Lithuania, Cyprus and Spain, who were working on the first stage of the project from June 2013 until December 2013. 

The total grant received for the realization of the project from the “Youth in Action” programme is 12,825 Euro

This project is realized with the financial support of the "Youth in Action" Programme of the European Commission administered in Bulgaria by the National Centre "European Youth Programmes and Initiatives". The contents of this publication does not reflect the position of the European Community program "Youth in Action" or NCEYPI."

 

 

 

Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg

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In the beginning of 2014 Infinite Opportunities Association in partnership with National Centre European Youth Programmes and Initiatives is implementating a new project “Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg”. Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg is an initiative which reflects the fundamental democratic values of a modern society and advocates for communication based on principles of non-discrimination and cultural diversity in cyberspace.

The main objective of the project is the decreasing of racism, xenophobia, hate speech and intolerance in society. Equal treatment of representatives of gender, people with different ethnic affiliation, sexual orientation or religious beliefs is integral to the main purpose of this project and reflects fully model the social aspect of sustainable development. Following the main goal the project is beginning with the creation of an online platform in order to raise awareness about the problem. ( www.ontolerance.eu )

The main type of activity are:

  - Limitation of racism, xenophobia, hate speech and intolerance in society
  - Education and Training

Additional types of activities:

  - Volunteering
  - Providing information and raising awareness

The main target group of the project Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg are young people aged from 15 to 29 years. The platform itself is consistent with the rules ensuring accessibility and high level of interactivity. The elements of the platform will have their own mobile version for access from smartphones and tablets and will offer a real interaction with the team of the association via Twitter and Facebook.

With the help of Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg, we want to reach young people by encouraging intercultural communication, tolerance and volunteering.

The total project costs are equal to67 752,74 euro. The contribution of the IOA is 11,16 % (7560 Euro), while the grant by the NGO Programme in Bulgaria within the Financial Mechanism to the European Economic Area is 60 192,74 euro.

The duration of the project “Toler@nce Pl@tform.bg” is 18 months.

 

This project was created with financial support of the program to support NGOs in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The sole responsibility for the content of the project and website is the responsibility of the association "Infinite Opportunities Association" and under no circumstances it can be considered that this page presents the official position of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Operator of the Programme to support NGOs in Bulgaria .
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Eco Train

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The ECO TRAIN workshop  is a training for adults with sensory impairments. Covering the topic of sustainable ecological lifestyle. The project is funded by the Grundtvig sectoral program of EU’s Lifelong Learning programme, coordinated by the Human Resources Development Centre within the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science in Bulgaria.

The training includes one week interactive seminar program with theoretical and practical partin conformity with the educational needs of adults with sensory impairments. It was attended by 23 representatives of Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Turkey, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Croatia between the ages of 20 and 63 years, all of whom outside the formal education system. The training included participants (people with sensory impairments and their personal assistants) who had little or no experience in the field of sustainable practices and protection of the environment.

"ECO TRAIN" was held in the end of April and early May (28.04.2012 - 06.05.2012) In  Beklemeto district, approximately  20 km. Away from Troyan, Bulgaria.

The main objective of the workshop was to bringpositive change in the participants’ attitude towards nature preservation as well as to provide them with skills for sustainable lifestyle while reducing their personal “carbon footprints”.

The training gave the participants the chance for:

• Intercultural exchange for people with sensory impairments;

• Breaking down the stereotypes between the two groups of participants;

• Promoting tolerance and diversity in Europe;

• Facilitating access to information about the climate change and the organization of sustainable, ecological daily life;

• Raising the awareness and motivationof the participants;

• Promoting the well-established environmental practices;

• Motivating responsible behavior for the protection of environment.

 

The workshop  introduced the following topics:

• Introduction to climate changes - the science behind the phenomenon, presentation of climate change through digital sensor technology - Magic Planet;

• Sustainable life and energy efficiency. Change in lifestyle – possible, needed, funny - everyday habits, water, electricity, transport, waste;

• Ideas for reducingthe "personal carbon footprint" - What is "ecological footprint" and how each person can reduce their impact on the environment;

• Bringingnew life to old things by recycling: 3 RE - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

ECO TRAIN workshop is an innovative training which uses  the experience of  the successfully completed project "MUSICC - Multisensory Information on Climate Change" - www.musiccproject.eu, funded under the "Leonardo da Vinci" programme.. The guest speaker Mr. Lennox Adams from the Royal National College for the Blind, presented the Magic Planet - a modern 3-D visual technology, which illustrates in an interactive way the dynamic changes in climate and landscape of the planet. The technology used during the practical part of the workshop was adapted to the needs of participants with visual impairments and visualized the trends in climate change in the form of 3-D slides that showed the dynamics of the processes through touch.

This project is realized with the financial support of the "Grundvig Life Long Learning" Programme of the European Commission, administered in Bulgaria by the National Centre "European Youth Programmes and Initiatives". The contents of this publication does not reflect the position of the European Community,The Youth in Action Programme or NCEYPI.

 

Green Community

                                                     

The "Infinite Opportunities Association" has started the project "Green Community", funded by the Grundtvig program "Lifelong Learning" of the European Commission. The project will have 2 years' duration and will be implemented in partnership with the "Training and Rehabilitation Center" inc. Buzau, Romania and resource center for youth at risk "Mary Seacole" in the town of Luton, UK.

The project is aimed at adult learners and its main purpose is to enrich their knowledge related to sustainable development and ecological balance, teach  how to reduce the negative impact for nature.

The main project activities will include:

- Introduction of targeted climate change and environmental issues in the 21st century;

- Conducting discussions related to sustainable development and energy efficiency;

- Presentation of ways and methods to reduce personal carbon waste and reduce the adverse impact on our environment;

- Workshops to involve locals into the project activities

- Lectures related to the benefits of recycling.

 

This project is realized with the financial support of the "Grundvig Life Long Learning" Programme of the European Commission, administered in Bulgaria by the National Centre "European Youth Programmes and Initiatives". The contents of this publication does not reflect the position of the European Community,The Youth in Action Programme or NCEYPI.

#0NL1NE #T0LER@NCE

                                                                                                                         

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#0NL1NE #T0LER@NCE is a project in protection of human rights and European values in the web space. It will include 11 volunteers form four countries – Germany, Lithuania, Italy and Spain – and will last fourteen months, Within the activities the young people will seek answers to hate speech manifestations in the internet due to racism, xenophobia, and all other differences stemming form gender, ethno-social, religious and cultural characteristics.

The project will be part of the large-scale international campaign “Young people against hate speech in the internet” initiated by the Council of Europe and will include three main aspects – youth online activity, creation of informational and awareness rising interactive materials and conduction of presentations and conversations with students and youth, which will enhance the attention towards the dangers of the hate speech in the online space. IOA team aims to reach distant and smaller towns and villages in the countryside where the international group of volunteers will be more noticeable and easily attracting young people to the topic of online tolerance in communication.

To ensure the teaching process of the volunteers we will use the methods of non-formal education, through which to increase the knowledge and skills in prevention of and dealing with the negative effects from the use of hate massages in the online environment.

The activities of the mobility group for 12 months will be held mainly in Sofia, while the other mobility group of 8 volunteers will travel in different regions in the country where they will inform and educate the target group on the issues of tolerance and the effects of online hate speech.

 

This project has been founded by Erasmus Mobility Programme (KA1), part of Erasmus+ programme. The contents of this publication does not reflect the position of the European Commission or the Council of Europe.