Board of Directors

The mandate of the current board will finish at the General Assembly of ENYC in 2022.

Heli LEHTO – president

Elected on February 9, 2019
Youth Centre Villa Elba (FINLAND)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu

Heli is responsible of coordinating the board of ENYC for the fulfilment of our mission and vision. She is leading our general assemblies and the process of developing our network. She has been proposed and supported for this position by the Youth Centre Villa Elba – Finland, which owns one of the 13 youth centres with the Quality Label from the Council of Europe.

In 1987, Heli became youth worker and instructor for physical education and in 1992 she got the Bachelor of Arts.

Heli is also translator/interpreter in Scandinavian languages, English and Russia and in 2015 she became specialist vocational qualified in management.
Since 1997, Heli have been working within the youth sector. Her first 13 years were as youth worker in a little town and after that, as development manager in Villa Elba Youth Centre. As the teamleader of the pedagogical team in Villa Elba, Heli’s main tasks is to develop, together with their specialists, new methods and the content of their environmental education, social youthwork and international youthwork.


Yolanda FLORESCU – vice president

Elected on February 9, 2019
Timis County Youth Foundation – FITT (ROMANIA)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu
Contact: +40 731 514 914
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Yolanda is responsible of creating the link between ENYC’s members and the European youth policies, good practices, youth events, policy makers and of promoting the Council of Europe values.

Yolanda is a PhD candidate in political science, focused on the youth NGO’s in the Council of Europe countries. She has been proposed and supported for this position by Timis County Youth Foundation (FITT) – Romania, which owns one of the 13 youth centres with the Quality Label from the Council of Europe (among other 6 youth centres). Yolanda coordinated the process of developing the National quality standards for youth centres in Romania and has been coordinating the secretariat of the Romanian Network of Youth Centres.

In addition, Yolanda is specialised in volunteering public policies, as well – she drafted the final version of the Romanian Volunteering Law (78/2014) and currently she is coordinating the youth dialogue for developing the National Strategy of the Romanian Volunteering Law.


Armela PENGILI – general secretary

Elected on February 9, 2019
ACT for SOCIETY Centre (ALBANIA)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu
Contact: +355698304533
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Armela is responsible of the connection between our members and the board and with third parties, as well. She has been proposed and supported for this position by ACT for Society Centre – Albania.

Armela is PhD. Candidate in International Relations at the Faculty of Philology and History (University of Tirana). She has studied Social Sciences SOCIOLOGY at the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of Tirana and MSC-International Relations in Faculty of Philology and History. She has been trained on social issues in several EU Commission’s training programs. Armela is also a trainer in youth programs, specialised on youth workers issues, gender equality projects, human rights and democracy etc. She has been lecturer of Sociology at the University Aleksander Moisiu in Durres for a period of 5 years. Recently, she has been engaged as a research assistant within the Faculty of Philology and History.    


Mitja VALENTINC – treasurer

Elected on February 9, 2019
Youth center Krško (SLOVENIA)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu
Contact: +386 41 637 661

Mitja is responsible of ensuring that our accounts are kept in order and, for that to happen, he keeps accurate and reliable records of receipts and expenditure. He has been proposed and supported for this position by Youth Centre Krško – Slovenia.
Mitja is collaborating with and reporting to the President and submits the financial reports and provisional budgets of the association and presenting them to the General Assembly.

Mitja is primary teacher and lecturer for entrepreneurship. He has been proposed and supported for this position by Youth Centre Krško – Slovenia. Mitja has been the director of Youth Centre Krško since 2011.  He is also managing other 4 smaller youth centres in the rural area and several sports facilities (playgrounds, swimming pool etc.) of the Municipality of Krško.


Nadia MARINOVA – member

Elected on February 9, 2019
International youth center (BULGARIA)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu

Gurkan AKCAER – member

Elected on February 9, 2019
S&G – System and Generation Association (TURKEY)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu

Zsofi RACZ – member

Elected on January 18, 2020
MOPKA Támaszpont (HUNGARY)
E-mail: office@enyc.eu



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