Asociatia Tineri pentru Comunitate Bistrita (Youth for the Community Association Bistrita) was founded in April 2013 by a group of young people who wanted to carry out their own projects that aim at promoting the active citizenship of youth through personal development and community projects and activities. Our usual activities include: recruiting and training young people aged between 13 and 30 who are interested in becoming volunteers, organizing different volunteering activities in urban and rural schools – even schools for mentally disabled students, kindergartens, specific institutions such as the Night Centre – part of the Municipal Department for Social Services, or in the community whenever we identify a need.
We also carry out theater workshops, creative recycling workshops or literature and poems workshops in schools and kindergartens from urban and rural areas. Moreover, we organize workshops that aim at developing the creativity of our volunteers as they produce themselves creative products such as recycled paper handbags, postcards and different ornaments by using the techniques quilling and origami. At the end of the workshops and on specific occasions such as the 1st of March or Christmas, we organize public exhibitions when we sell our products and use the funds for the activities of the association. We are interested in the well-being of vulnerable young people and for them we organize once a year a charitable event. Since December 2014 we have organised Charitable Christmas Concerts with the performance of our talented volunteers and of local well known artists and Christmas Fairs with handmade ornaments created by our volunteers. As a youth NGO’ it is focus to help young people develop personally and professionally by facilitating their participation in different local, national and international training courses, seminars or youth exchanges. Thus, we have developed a solid cooperation with local, national and European institutions or NGOs. Last but not least, we must mention here that one of the main aims of our organization is to “give life to the rural areas” of our region, Bistrita-Nasaud county through activities designed for the young people of those communities, such as: raising awareness workshops, open employment opportunities for young people in rural areas, ecological activities, fund raising events, workshops, etc. Our activities aiming to improve the quality of life for young people in rural areas and decrease the migration of rural youth.