Dear YBVNY Families and Friends,
As we stand at the threshold of another exciting year ahead of us, we fondly remember the time we spent together in 2017, as part of the YBVNY.
Founded in 2012 by like-minded group of parents in New York, YBVNY continues to nurture the love for Bulgarian music, language and culture through choral singing, hands on educational projects and small group-based progressive learning of the Bulgarian language. Our approach to teaching Bulgarian language through alternative progressive methods is unique among Bulgarian educational institutions abroad and crafted throughout years of serving the unique needs of our American born students.
During the last academic year, we participated in 5 performances. We have worked with 25 bilingual children, introducing them to their Bulgarian heritage and the power of learning in a new and participatory way. We sang Bulgarian songs at the Golden Fest in front of Balkan Folk Music lovers who received us with open hearts and big smiles. In March 2017 we offered Martenizi workshop, where participants created traditional Bulgarian martenizi. In December 2016 we offered Christmas cards and Survachki workshops.
Along with educational classes for youth we also expanded our offering to adults through 101 KABA GAIDI NEW YORK, the TUPAN class and a Bulgarian FOLK DANCES class.
In August we were challenged to find a new venue for our regular classes and were successful in renting premises in the Upper West Side in Manhattan at 154 W 93rd Street, New York, NY 10025.
Going forward, we have planned to expand our reach and our activities. In 2018, expect to continue our Bulgarian music, culture and language education, participate in the prestigious GOLDEN FEST 2018 Folk festival in January and many other events.
Young Bulgarian Voices New York is a bearer of more than 10 year old tradition and experience in educating the minds as well as the hearts of our bilingual children. Some of the families that started the initiative 10 years ago are still with us today – a commitment that speaks volumes about our ability to serve the needs of the community.
YBVNY activities are funded by parent contributions, private and institutional donors and various fundraising activities such as this annual drive. We have made the deliberate choice not to apply for funds that are provided by the Bulgarian government and taxpayer because we believe that under the current economic circumstances, the children living in Bulgaria are in greater need of those funds.
Come to one of our workshops! Visit a performance! Email us or call us to inquire about a schedule! There are many ways to get involved but there is only one YBVNY. Your support and your investment make our programs possible, make our mission a success and reach more children and their parents annually. Our fundraising goal for this campaign is to raise $10,000 by December 31, 2017. Our wish is to see more children and parents crowd the corridors of YBVNY; to witness more happy faces after our workshops; and to meet more of you in 2018.
YBVNY would be grateful if you could help us financially to achieve our goals together.
You can donate via check payable to: Young Bulgarian Voices NY or via credit card
For those of you working for corporations that have employee matching gifts programs, employers often will match dollar-for-dollar. Some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Please check the availability through you company and double your donation.
YBVNY Inc. is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. An official tax-deductible receipt will be issued. We appear in the databases for existing non-profit organizations. In case you encounter an issue with a database, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you the IRS exemption letter.
THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH YBVNY!
Young Bulgarian Voices New York,
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