Vilnius considering youth centre project to offer offices to youth NGOs


Vilnius is considering a youth centre project as part of which the city would offer space in the centre to youth NGOs.

Under Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius, the city is considering to offer youth organisations more than 600 square metres in Vilnius Street 22.

Youth NGOs could use the space eight times per month as well as rent it for EUR 2 per hour, with city authorities to decide on the plan in the coming period.

If the plan is adopted, the Vilnius Youth Information and Volunteering Centre will be in charge of letting the space to NGOs.

Vilnius Deputy Mayor Edita Tamošiūnaitė pointed out “Vilnius is a city of young, creative and active people,” adding that providing them with additional space would create opportunities to come together and cooperate.

She expressed hope that youth NGOs will take advantage of the opportunity if the city decides to offer it.

Youth department head Vidmantas Mitkus noted that he is happy with the plan to offer a space where young people can hone their skills and connect with their peers.

“Youth, organizations working with youth and others will create a community that Vilnius will be proud of,” he concluded.

As part of the project, Vilnius is planning to open a youth service centre in the same building that will provide non-formal education and focus on well-being of young people.

Vilnius authorities pointed out that the project would cost the city approximately EUR 77,000 per year.

(Photo credit: City of Vilnius)