The National Program for the Implementation of Youth Activities under Article 10a of the Gambling Act is a mechanism for funding youth projects as part of the implementation of the national youth policy.
The National Program for the Implementation of Youth Activities under Article 10a of the Gambling Act was designed in relation to the reported negative trends regarding the risk behavior of young people related to different forms of addictions and aggressive behavior as well as the identified needs of young people in the country, by providing more opportunities for participation in activities leading to the formation of socially responsible behavior. The program started in 2017. The projects funded under this program comprise activities such as
discussions, campaigns and initiatives, trainings, broadcasting of awareness raising movies and videos, sports initiatives, etc. They reach more than 200 000 young people across the country, including young people with fewer opportunities.
The program in 2021 was implemented in three priority areas. The main themes were as follows:
- Prevention of gambling addiction;
- Prevention of various forms of addictions – drug, tobacco, alcohol, internet, online/ computer games;
- Prevention of aggression;
- Promotion of healthy lifestyle.
The budget of the program for 2021 was BGN 5 405 000.