Regional youth center is a school facility, budget organisation founded by self-government of Košice region. In its activities it follows the concept materials for youthwork of the Council of Europe, European Union, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak republic and Košice self-governing region.
The mission of the Centre is the professional support of youthwork in Košice region, of activities of young people and for young people with focus on fields like:
- participation and citizenship
- human rights
- non-formal education
- international mobility
- popularisation of science among young people
- research and study of youth’s needs
- providing information, consulting
- support and development of creativity and work with talented youth
- active use of free time
The content of Centre’s agenda is the systematic and targeted work with youth, its development and unceasing reflection on the needs of young people of Košice region, education based on non-formal methods, conducing to team-work, citizenship and responsibility for one’s own actions, developing initiative and creativity of young people. The aim of this agenda is to develop personality of a young person.
We provide young people with space for expressing their opinions, realisation of new ideas and thoughts, gaining new skills and practical expreriences within non-formal education, nevertheless, we provide with real space where youngsters can come, meet with others, enjoy their hobbies, develop their artistic talent and get new information.
Following the requests of the founder the Centre occupies a role in preparing and fulfilling the goals of the conception of youthwork development in the region and in support of non-formal education.
The Centre creates opportunities for young people for developing their competences, gaining information, new skills through accredited trainings, seminars and workshops. During the year we organise trainings focused on various themes (communication, participation, human rights etc.) The Centre has its own trainers pool composed of internal and external trainers.
Since 2008 the Centre regularly deals with education in the field of human rights and global education. Apart from the trainings, we use the method of “Living library” and the Council of Europe’s manual for human rights education “Compass”.
Special field that we deal with is support of the work of students’ school councils (SSC) at high schools in Košice region on both regional and international levels by means of consultations, regular trainings and couching meetings.
Since 2003 the Centre is a member of European network of youth centres (ENYC). The network’s task is to support the policy of the Council of Europe and European Union in the field of youthwork. Since 2007 the Centre is part of the EURODESK network – European information network for young people and since 2009 we are also member of the PLATFORM network (European network supporting the short-term youth mobility)
The Centre has a large database of partner organisations in whole Europe and supports active participation of young people on international cooperation with foreign partners by means of youth exchanges, seminars, trainings and summer camps both home and abroad.
Within international mobility we offer to young people the opportunity to use the consultation centre of EU’s Erasmus+ programme and Eurodesk information office.
The Centre is sending organisation within the European voluntary service. We open the opportunities for young people to try the life of a volunteer abroad.
The Centre is authorised organiser of long-term sport competitions of the self-government of Košice region, district rounds of subject olympiads and continuous competitions of Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak republic.