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"Step forward!"


Who is behind this?

Katya Alekiseva-Stoynova

Young, Active, Creative NGO



Idea pitch

Our idea is to work on a training program for young women mostly from marginalized groups – girls of Roma origin, those who are living in low-populated villages, endangered with early school exclusion, economically dependent on their families, women without any professional skills and orientation. The aim of this project is to contribute to the increase of employment chances and the economic independence of these young women. We will encourage them to be more confident in their personal skills.

Where will your project idea take place?

Small villages form Plovdiv region, Bulgaria

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

The young women especially from marginalized groups, living in villages are strongly disadvantaged. The majority of them go on the labor market without any professional orientation, without owning the necessary skills, which are highly appreciated by the employers nowadays. The knowledge of where and how to look for a job and how to present themselves in front of the employers. Likewise, how to behave on a job interview, in order to be successful. Unfortunately, native formal education does not give the opportunity to gain the required skills. Another problem, which makes a bad impression to the employers, while reading CV or motivation letter is the low literacy of people who are now finishing their secondary education.

Who are you doing it for?

The target group of this project will be young women between 16 and 30 years old, who are about to enter the labor market or that are actively looking for a job right now. Priority will be given to those, who are under 18 years old and who are at risk to be expelled from school. Girls, who are ethnically, socially, economically and geographically disadvantaged. They will go through four modular education and they will receive nationally recognized document, which is proving the gained skills and competences after every training.

How do you plan to get there?

The training program will include some directions:
- Professional orientation and gaining skills in the chosen profession;
- Increasing their knowledge on job application process – preparation of CV, motivation letter, job interview behavior, meeting with local employers;
- Entrepreneurship and starting own business – basics of economy, marketing, leadership skill, business plan development;
- Civil education, direct democracy and the opportunities by which they can solve their problems from a local character. Also, leadership skills and gender equality.
Going through this program, these girls will gain many professional abilities, knowledge and competences which are indispensable for their future and decent life. They will meet the democracy values and principles.

What are the expected results?

- Increased knowledge, skills and competences of the trained young women in the preparation of CV, motivation letter, job interview appearance and entrepreneurship;
- Encouraged girls to be economically independent by employment and entrepreneurship;
- Young women fighting for fare, equal and decent payment;
- Active participation in initiatives on the theme;
- Identified local gender problems and their solvation using communication with the local institutes;
- Increased knowledge on the theme of indirect beneficiaries by media coverage of project’s activities.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

By our project, we will pass practical knowledge and abilities to young women and girls, which will help them for job application.During the whole project, we will pay attention and emphasize on themes, such as: the principles of equality, equal payment, women’s rights, fighting gender discrimination and active citizenship. We will embolden trained girls to think about themselves,as independent human beings, who deserve respect. Not only as housekeeper, cleaner, mother that is charged to care for the home and children. Enabling these women to work,earn and to be financially stable and independent will take them out of the position of subordinate.The training in direct democracy will give them the opportunity to understand the forms and ways for civil participation in solving local problem.

Why is this idea important to you?

Our contemporary society needs new type of leaders, who know how to keep the balance between their personal needs and desires and their professional achievements by using well-supported and conscious choices. Women deserve to move equally with men, without feeling any discrimination and humiliation.

€ 50000,-

Total budget

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Trainings - 30000
Administrative work and materials - 10000
Travel costs - 3000
Website - 1000
Public relations -1000
Personal costs - 5000

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Looking forward to receiving feedback from you.



Idea created on May 24, 2020
Last edit on May 26, 2020

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