PEOPLE+ | A way to Mentorship


Half a year ago began my personal story with National Youth Forum by joining an academy for civil rights, organized by EYCA (European Youth Card Association) & the American Embassy in Bulgaria's Youth Council. I was not aware of all the possibilities I could benefit from. I didn't even suppose that I'll get ever involved in something big...


Last week, I had the honor to participate in the penultimate level of National Youth Academy 2018. NYA is a tradition, which for the past six years has gathered about 900 youngsters with a passion for change. Compared with the previous ones, in this year’s edition the majority of participants was below the age of 21 years, which only proves that there's a tendency of growing interest in informal education among the younger students.


What is NYA? According to a survey, conducted by NSI, only 22% of the pupils and students below 25 are involved in these educational methods. Even I was not aware of informal education before I went to my first Erasmus+ mobility. National Youth Academy is all about that - it is a mentor programme which aims to promote civic engagement, democracy and youth via informal methods. All the topics are divided into three levels:

  1. Democracy & Civic Engagement