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The funds raised will finance the costs of transportation, food and lodging for 45 participants and the materials necessary for the camps.

"Together Forward" is a multi-ethnic youth leadership camp which fosters youth empowerment, community leadership, and open dialoge among Roma and non-Roma teenagers. The camp aims to empower youth leaders and provide them with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to make a difference in their communities and reduce racial barriers between the various Bulgarian ethnic groups.

The "Together Forward" youth leadership camp has existed for twelve years, annually bringing together approximately 45 youth leaders from around Bulgaria for a ten-day camp on the Black Sea. Throughout the course of the camp the participants will take part in a series of activities, lectures and discussions discussing problems facing youth in Bulgaria, education, racism, discrimination, human trafficking, community activism and leadership. Additionally, it will provide participants with a wide network of contacts to help them reach their goals and make a difference in their communities.

The camps is organized and facilitated by the Pazardzhik-based Romani NGO, Zaedno Napred, In addition to the organizational staff and a group of seven Romani and Bulgarian youth leaders, the camp utilizes the knowledge and skills of five American Peace Corps volunteers throughout the entire process.

"The camp is a great opportunity for youth to find contact points and to reach their goals together, realizing that they are not alone on the road but that it is an ocean of obstacles. This is an investment in the future, because even though the camp lasts a short time, it gives youth a sense of the true side of life. ”
-Angel Mirinov Kochev

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