“We, the members of the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council, are socially active young people who:

– join forces to identify and work on issues relevant to young people through the support, implementation and development of initiatives, activities and youth policies that respond to the values and the Council Strategy;

  – help the US Embassy to gain a better understanding of the youth community in our country.’’


The U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council was founded in November 2014 by Ambassador Marcie B. Ries. It brings together a cross-section of young, dynamic Bulgarians and has three goals:

  1. To advise the U.S. Embassy on how to better understand the issues facing and motivating young Bulgarians, and to improve our outreach efforts.
  2. To create opportunities for innovative young Bulgarian leaders to meet with and exchange ideas with U.S., Bulgarian and international experts.
  3. To devise creative, practical and concrete solutions to the problems and issues facing young Bulgarians today.


The USYC is a network that has the competence and capacity to make a meaningful, visible and sustainable contribution to the development of young people in Bulgaria in the name of consensual causes for building socially-engaged, tolerant and civic-active community.

Strategic Priorities of USYC

  • Education
  • Human Rights and Civic Engagement
  • Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment

Achieving the Priorities of the USYC

The USYC achieves its priorities through Support, implementation and development of initiatives, activities and youth policies.

Administrative structure of the USYC

The USYC is comprised of a Council that includes all of its members and a governing body – the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is formed by four members of the Youth Council who are elected annually by the Council – President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Board of Directors

President – Mina Raduncheva

Mina Raduncheva is currently active in the non-profit sector. She is the founder and manages two non-governmental organizations – Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria and MIKA Foundation. The organizations are dedicated to children and young people’s personal growth and assistance to those with special needs. Her previous experience includes legal work associated with international organizations, intellectual property, and mediation. She holds a LLB degree in International and European Law from The Hague University of Applied Science.

Vice President – Sabel Basheva

Sabel is a student in Foreign Language High School “Akad. L. Stoyanov”, Blagoevgrad and a volunteer in the Bulgarian Red Cross. She participated in:  Erasmus+ projects, school contests, poetry competitions, competitions in English, social events, school projects. Her interests are: climate change problems, astrology, traditions, dancing, books

Treasurer – Ilina Mutafchieva

Ilina works in the non-profit sector, sustainable development, and shared value between the business and civil society.

Secretary – Desislava Toncheva

Desislava is a translator & editor at the Bulgarian News Agency’s English service. She is a psychotherapist & clinical psychologist in private practice, a lecture & workshop presenter. Desislava is a board member of the Bulgarian Association for Gestalt Therapy (Ethics Committee). Her interests are: Professional: mental health & self-care, feminist issues, environmental issues, popularizing Bulgaria’s culture & history; Hobbies: travel, socializing, arts & crafts, tv & cinema, dog, nature & culture, group activities (trivia, board games), etc.