Who we are?

The International Institute for Youth Development PETRI– Sofia is established in 2007, as a joint initiative of:

  • UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
  • The National Centre for Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA), Bulgaria
  • Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER)

PETRI – Sofia is a knowledge hub and regional resource center at the National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA), Bulgaria that supports youth empowerment in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and peacebuilding in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and beyond.

Our vision and mission:

PETRI – Sofia envisions a world, where every adolescent and young person is an empowered changemaker contributing to sustainable development.
Our mission is to inspire and support adolescents and young people to become leaders that work for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and peacebuilding, through international cooperation and innovative approaches.

Why are we unique?

PETRI – Sofia Center combine:

  • Peer-to-peer education using alternative methods of education (such as theatre-based techniques, role games, simulations, etc.)
  • Experience and enthusiasm of fellows from the International network of young volunteers in 52 countries on 4 continents.
  • Expertise in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) education and consultation.
  • Partnership with government institutions.

Core team

Anina Chileva

PETRI-Sofia Executive, NCPHA Chief Expert

Anina Chileva is a psychologist, a long-term consultant and trainer in the field of comprehensive health education and health promotion. Since 2007 she has been PETRI – Sofia Executive. Her main work is related to group dynamics training in the field of psychological development and health of young people.

Sophia Kandilarova-Georgieva

PETRI-Sofia Member, NCPHA Chief Expert

Sofia Kandilarova-Georgieva is a Master in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Chief Expert in the Child and Youth Health Department of NCPHA. Trainer and member of the national training team for training of trainers in peer education approach.

Yuliya Andzhekarska

PETRI-Sofia Youth Coordinator

Yuliya Andzhekarska has been a Youth Coordinator of PETRI – Sofia since 2015. She graduated in International Relations at Sofia University in 2013. She has almost 10 years of experience as a volunteer and later as a professional in non-governmental organizations engaged in education and youth work.

ACHIEVEMENTS

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News

07
Nov
PETRI-Sofia and the International Foundation for Y-PEER Development took part in the Days of Non-formal Education

PETRI-Sofia and the International Foundation for Y-PEER Development participated in the Non-Formal Education Days (4-6 November 2018), organizing a workshop on overcoming stereotypes and prejudices, which involved young people and representatives of different organizations on November 6th – the day dedicated to young people. PETRI and the Foundation also had a booth at the event […]

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12
Oct
New international fellow joins the PETRI team

A new international fellow joined the PETRI team in the beginning of October 2018 – Nino Chitishvili, 23 years old, from Tbilisi, Georgia. Her fellowship is supported by the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Nino has seven years of experience working in the non-governmental field at national and international level. In […]

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09
Oct
Strategic Planning Meeting 2018: Y-PEER and International Foundation for Y-PEER Development

Y-PEER had a very productive three days meeting in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 5th to 8th October 2018 during Y-PEER and International Foundation for Y-PEER Development: Strategic Planning Meeting. The meeting was organized by the International Institute for Youth Development PETRI – Sofia, part of National Centre of Public Health and Analyses as part of PETRI- Sofia […]

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International Institute for Youth Development PETRI – Sofia

National Centre for Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA)

15 Ivan Geshov Blvd., Floor 2, office 62

Sofia 1431, Bulgaria

Tel./Fax: +359 2/954-6666

E-mail: petri.bulgaria@gmail.com

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