“Youth ekobarometar” is the project of a group of young people from Yambol, volunteers of the NGO “DAY”, which aims to help peers from homes for children deprived of parental care, to freely express his personal position and gain active civic confidence and environmental culture through participation in public and Internet discussions, interviews, the study of nature and promote preventive measures to protect it.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
10 young people, aged 15-30 years /children who live or have already left the orphanage in Yambol and children from families with low social status, etc/ will acquire skills for the creation of a blog and for the exercise of citizen journalism. These young peaple are limited by social contacts and do not have computers at home, which limits their access to the global network for communication.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Participants will create a specialized blog with news and interviews with citizens and representatives of local authorities and government agencies on issues such as the protection of green areas, waste management, cleanliness of rivers and transparency in spending public funds on projects of the municipality and other actual problems. Their videos will be published in a special section of the blog NGOs “Day” and the news website “Zonа Yambol”.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
The NGO “DEN” is the only NGO in Yambol municipality, which is working for the protection of the citizens’ right of access to information, protection of the environment. The project’s coordinator Dijana Boncheva is an investigating journalist with 20 years of experience in the media and working with young people. “DEN” successfully partnered with news site “Zone Yambol” and community center “Umenie”, as well as environmental NGOs in Europe.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The idea of this project proposal was born from meetings of the young volunteers of “DEN” with peers from home for children deprived of parental care. They were the ones to express their desire to acquire knowledge and competence in using Internet sources and in making a blog. They chose the subjects and themes of the trainings.The 10 participants will eventually become trainers of the other volunteers and to integrate more peers in the project.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
In addition to the microgrant funding, Rising Voices can support our project with the popularization of our activity through the Internet site of the group. We hope that the partnership will help us make new contacts with other similar organizations from different countries in order to exchange ideas and experience with them and to realize potential projects with them in the future.
Dijana Georgieva Boncheva
NGO “Environmental Movement” /”DEN”/
April 5, 2013