Youth center Idrija (Mladinski center Idrija)

Youth Center Idrija (Mladinski center Idrija) is a community space and youth node in the town of Idrija (Slovenia) that functions as a meeting place for young people and increasingly for the whole community of Idrija. The story of Youth Center Idrija dates back in 2008, when the need for a common youth space was articulated at one of the round tables organized by Student’s Association Idrija. A petition for the founding of such space followed and a vision plan for it was written by young activists of Students’ Association Idrija and local Scouts’ Association. After years of negotiations with local government, a 300 m2 in the old monastery were given into use to young local people in 2012. Youth center Idrija was thus formed as an umbrella organization by 3 local NGO (Scouts' Association Rod srebrnih krtov Idrija, Association for youth development Idrija 2020 and Students' Association Idrija). Youth volunteers renovated the spaces and furnished it with second-hand and DIY furniture, donated by inhabitants and businesses of Idrija. In 2015, additional 40 m2 were acquired to host youth-led makers’ and hackers’ space.

Today the aim of the community youth space is to encourage public participation of youth in decision-making processes, structured dialogue, youth mobility and volunteering, informal education, social inclusion and inter-cultural dialogue, creative and active free time …
Several activities inhabit the space:
Education and personal growth
- Entrepreneurial club and course for high school pupils
- Career orientation workshops and seminars
- Robotics course
- Programming course
- Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe workshops
- Language courses (Russian, German, Italian …)
- Travelogue lectures

Sport activities:
- Sports tournaments
- Aerobics and dance classes

Music activities:
- Youth choir meetings
- Public acoustic concerts

International activities:
- Youth exchanges
- Urbanistic workshops

- Students’ Association Idrija
- Scouts' Association Rod srebrnih krtov Idrija,
- Association for youth development Idrija 2020
- Climbing association
- Magic-the-Gathering weekly meetings
- lace-aficionados and lace-makers of The Idria Lace

- Season-related events (Santa Claus visit for local children, making Halloween masks, gift-wrapping workshops…)
- Humanitarian activities (collecting clothes and food for refugees, collecting toys for under-privileged children, blood-donating …)
- Birthday celebrations for children
- Daily center for children with less opportunities – social care programme

In broad terms, main visitors of the youth center are young people (15 - 30 y.o.) of town of Idrija.

Youth center Idrija (Mladinski center Idrija) has 1 current projects:

  • (Inter)active communitiy

    The project aims to extend the youth center promotional activities and to encourage young people to participate in the activities of the youth center.

    We're looking for:
    2 more partners
    Deadline for this partner request:
    This project takes place:
    from 2019-06-01 till 2019-12-20
    and relates to:
    Volunteering Activities (formerly EVS)

Past projects

Why our minds matter?

The main focus point of the youth exchange: carring for our (mental) health, breaking stereotypes and promoting our well-being...

Step by step to international youth work

Project title: Step by step to international youth work In october 2016 we plan to launch our first EVS project in Youth center Idrija.

How to survive real life?

Through this exchange we want to prepare participant with “21st century” competencies that they will be able to face complex challenges now and in the future.

Let's make the house alive

Youth center Idrija will host a group voluntering projects-15 volunteers from different countries will help renovating Youth center and Youth hostel Idrija.

Under the same sun

In training we will address topics such as inclusion, tolerance and possibilities of people with and without disabilities.

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Youth center Idrija (Mladinski center Idrija)

Contact person: Maša Eržen


Youth center Idrija (Mladinski center Idrija) is

a Non-profit/Non-Governmental Organisation
based in Slovenia (Idrija)
  • Slovenia Idrija
focused on
  • Coach for Youth Initiative
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environment
  • European citizenship
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Non-formal learning
  • Unemployment/employability
  • Urban/rural development
  • Volunteering
  • Youth policy
and interested in:
  • Youth Exchanges
  • Volunteering Activities (formerly EVS)
  • Training and Networking
  • Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Capacity Building
  • Meetings between young people and decision-makers
Youth center Idrija (Mladinski center Idrija) in 160 characters:

Youth C. Idrija is a community space the town of Idrija (Slovenia) that functions as a meeting place for young people and increasingly for the whole community.

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