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.


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PETRI – Sofia took part in the “Gather Your Inspiration” event

On 10th April 2019, PETRI’s team participated in a non-formal event organized by Smokinya Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event took place at the Raven and the Cannonball bar and the goal was to gather, exchange experiences, create new contacts and share what the Erasmus+ program and youth mobility are. Several Bulgarian non-profit organizations (NGOs) […]

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PETRI-Sofia and the International Foundation for Y-PEER Development organize anti-discrimination events

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King This iconic quote is part of the legendary “I have  a dream” speech that the well known human […]

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“PsychoPaths of Love” workshop for St. Valentine’s Day

This year we at PETRI-Sofia celebrated  St. Valentine’s Day (14th February) with a fun, educational and interactive workshop that we called “PsychoPaths of Love”. In a pleasant environment filled with candle light, soothing music and snacks we invited young people to explore their intimate worlds by taking two guided psychological tests on the topics of  […]

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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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