YBVNY – Young Bulgarian Voices New YorkYBVNY – Young Bulgarian Voices New YorkМлади Български Гласове Ню Йорк Contact: Zora Boyadzhieva | Yana Kalinkova
YBVNY is a not-for-profit organization, which provides a learning environment to engage with Bulgarian culture, traditions and language trough music, singing and progressive education. Founded by Bulgarian parents, the organization was formed specifically to address the needs of English/Bulgarian bilingual young people from 5 to 21 years old living in and around New York. Our unique curriculum is based on choral rehearsals, which prompt developing a Bulgarian language curriculum to broaden the understanding of Bulgarian cultural values. The emphasis of the program is on learning by doing – play-based activities for our younger students and hands-on projects for our older students. This experiential approach to teaching a second language gives young people a joyful and safe platform to develop social and communication skills transferable to all walks of life, while vocal performances foster their sense of cultural identity and stage presence. Once a week our students have the opportunity to get together, sing, learn, and socialize submerged in a Bulgarian speaking environment.