About us

The Young Initiative Association (AYI) is a Romanian educational NGO that was founded in 2009. Our mission is to empower people through education. We do that through 3 main pillars of action: Social Inclusion, Youth Empowerment and NGO Development.

Our vision: Empowering people through education

Who do we work with

  • Institutionalised children (abused, abandoned, neglected) from Sector 4, Bucharest (The Center for Child Emergency Support Sector 4)
  • Children and young people residing in social apartments from the St. Spiridon Center Sector 4 Bucharest
  • Young people with few opportunities from Bucharest and Ilfov high-schools
  • Students and young professionals
  • International volunteers that come to Romanian through the European Voluntary Service/European Solidarity Corps
  • NGOs that work with volunteers from Romania and abroad
  • Nonprofit organisations and their managers
  • Public institutions and authorities which are active in elaborating and implementing youth public policies

What do we do

  • We organise 3-4 educational workshops every week for the children that are part of the Bridges to Knowledge project (literacy, non-formal education, homework support)
  • We manage the Nonprofit Organizations Management Center that offers a free working space, specific trainings together and dedicated library for Romanian NGOs
  • We offer a free library space, BiblioLounge, dedicated to youth leisure which is also available for free to NGOs which need space for free trainings, workshops and other events
  • We host international volunteers (EVS) with EU support in order to promote volunteering, non-formal education and civic engagement
  • We take part and organise international mobilities for youngsters and youth workers, with EU support
  • We draft youth policy recommendations and address them to local and national authorities

How you can support our activites

  • Buy RePlan and help us to continue running the Nonprofit Organizations Management Center in order to support the Romanian NGOs 
  • Donate for our projects and support the development of our activities for the children and young people in Romania
  • Sponsor the Association (if you have a company) and you can deduct up to 20% of the revenue tax (in Romania)
  • Organise a fundraising campaign in your community/company and help increase the impact of our projects
  • Follow us on social media and be the first one to find out the last opportunities and news

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